Terminology Revisited

  • Enzo Tonti
Part of the Modeling and Simulation in Science, Engineering and Technology book series (MSSET)


Sometimes the same symbol is used with different meanings. Let us look at the following two formulas:
$$\displaystyle{ M =\int \rho \,\, \mathrm{d}V,\qquad W = -\int p\,\,\mathrm{d}V.}$$
In the first integral, M denotes the mass, ρ(P) the mass density at a point P and the symbol dV indicates an infinitesimal volume; in the second integral, W denotes the work, p(V ) the pressure and dV indicates an infinitesimal variation of the volume. In  Sect. 5.2 we will distinguish material descriptions from spatial descriptions: in the first integral, V denotes a fixed control volume, typical of a spatial description, whereas in the second integral, V denotes a variable volume, typical of a system description.


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  • Enzo Tonti
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  1. 1.Department of Engineering and ArchitectureUniversity of TriesteTriesteItaly

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