A dimension is an extension in a particular direction. A line has one dimension, since it extends in only one direction. A two dimensional space has two dimensions. An x-y graph is two dimensional. The x-axis defines one dimension and the y-axis defines another.
A dimension is not necessarily
A dimension may also be temperature,
mass, electrical current and others. For example, an equation may relate time and temperature:
p = 2.5t where p
represents temperature and t represents time. In this equation, one dimension
is time and the other dimension is temperature.
special theory of relativity deals with four dimensions: three dimensions are lengths
making up a space, and one dimension is time. See also
An object is said to be dimensionless if it has no dimensions.
The only object in most geometries that is dimensionless is a
Manipulative Description 0-D A point has no dimensions. 1-D
A line has one dimension. 2-D
A two-variable Cartesian coordinate system has two dimensions. 2-D
A rectangle has two dimensions (length and width). 3-D
A three-variable Cartesian coordinate system has three dimensions. 3-D
A sphere has three dimensions (length, width, and height). 4-D
Euclidean space/time has four dimensions (length, width, height, and time). Table 1: Dimensions
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An object is said to be dimensionless if it has no dimensions. The only object in most geometries that is dimensionless is a point.
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