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phase space

noun, Physics.
a hypothetical space constructed so as to have as many coordinates as are necessary to define the state of a given substance or system.
Origin of phase space
1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for phase space
  • In phase space, all that is known about the state of a dynamical system at a single moment can be collapsed to a point.
  • Each potential state of that particle's system corresponds to one unique point in a phase space.
  • Frank and his colleagues work with the geometry of something called phase space.
  • The temperature of will then increase and the phase space volume of that body's dynamics.
  • Although the idea of phase space extends to higher dimensions, there is no obvious way to graph the phase diagram.
  • It measures charged multiplicity in this region of phase space.
phase space in Technology
The 2n-dimensional space consisting of the possible values of (x1, x1., x2, x2., ..., xn, xn.) for a system of n first-order ordinary differential equations (or more generally, Pfaffian forms).
If n=1, the phase space is known as a phase plane.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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