a continuum (lat. continuum: “The being connected”, Plural continuums) is an object of which no tears, breaks, holes, cavities or something similar possesses within its borders, continues thus everywhere continuously.
The term is thus a local - no temporal - statement, although continuums usually alsolonger temporal existence have.
physical means the term continuum that physical dimension do not have zeros within the continuum.
This term applies in each case within a certain model. A continuum can when high „resolution “in the view then nevertheless outindividual separate elements exist.
In subsections of physics and/or. many materials are regarded to certain models as continuums, for example water or air. From this model many proven laws can be derived. The borders of this model are with extreme parameters, z. B. when very small dimensions.Air consists then of molecules with empty area between them.
A material continuum can become torn by a sudden local - too high - application of force (a hole/a cavity gets). With water one calls it cavitation. The only „indestructible “continuums seem the time and the space tooits. Whether a black hole produces a hole in the space-time continuum, is not proven yet. Safe it is only that the highest observable forces arise there. Whether however space and time react to so high „forces “at all are contentiously, although after Einstein itself both in strong fieldsat least change, thus “become bent” leave. Whether they in addition, „a hole can get “, thus at one „place “to disappear actually completely, is contentious.
See also: Mathematics
in the sociology represents a continuum a series of measurements, in which the values (for example opinions and attitudes) are before each other definable not exactly, but into one another turns into. So certain opinions can to political questions oftennot clearly with “right” or “left” to be defined.
|This side is a term clarifying for the distinction of several terms named the same word.|