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Can a dimension exist that is neither temporal nor spatial?

  1. Apr 23, 2012 #1
    Is it possible?
     
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  3. Apr 24, 2012 #2

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    Yes, and there are many instances. A system is often described as moving in a "state space". That ascribes dimensions to all sorts of characteristics, such as speed, potential energy, temperature... whatever you like.
     
  4. Apr 26, 2012 #3
    The number of dimensions used to describe spaces is the minimum number of independent co-ordinates needed to specify a point in that space. The co-ordinates may be any units you choose.
     
  5. Apr 26, 2012 #4
    Could reaction (aka acceleration) be considered to be a dimension. Things don't just move through time and space; they also react to each other?
     
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