additive law of probability qânun-e bardâyeši-ye šavânâyi Fr.: loi additive de probabilité If E_{1}, E_{2}, ..., E_{n} are n → mutually exclusive events, then the probability of occurrence of at least one of them is the sum of their individual probabilities: P(E_{1} + E_{2} + ... + E_{n}) = P(E_{1}) + P(E_{2}) + ... + P(E_{n}). → additive; → law; → probability. |
Ampere's law qânun-e Âmper Fr.: loi d'Ampère, théorème ~ One of the basic relations between → electricity and → magnetism, stating quantitatively the relation of a → magnetic field to the → electric current or changing electric field that produces it. Ampere's law states that the line integral of the magnetic field around an arbitrarily chosen path is proportional to the net electric current enclosed by the path. Also known as Ampère's theorem, Ampère's circuital law. |
associative law qânun-e âhazeši Fr.: loi associative In mathematics, the rule that states that the result of two identical operations is independent of the sequence of these operations. For ex., in the addition operation, a + (b + c) = (a + b) + c = a + b + c. Multiplication of numbers is also associative. → associative; → law. |
Avogadro's law qânun-e Avogâdro (#) Fr.: loi d'Avogadro A statement according to which equal volumes of different gases contain an equal number of molecules under the same conditions of temperature and pressure. After Amedeo Avogadro (1776-1856), Italian chemist and physicist, who advanced the hypothesis in 1811. |
barometric law qânun-e fešârsanji, ~ fešârsanjik Fr.: loi barométrique The atmospheric pressure decreases exponentially from any reference surface as the altitude increases. Qânun, → law, fešârsanji, fešârsanjik "barometric," from fešârsanj, → barometer. |
Biot-Savart law qânun-e Biot-Savart (#) Fr.: loi de Biot-Savart The → magnetic field due to → electric current flowing in a long straight conductor is directly proportional to the current and inversely proportional to the distance of the point of observation from the conductor. The law is derivable from → Ampere's law, but was obtained experimentally by the authors. Named after the French physicists Jean-Baptiste Biot (1774-1862) and Félix Savart (1791-1841); → law. |
Bode's law qânun-e Bode Fr.: loi de Bode |
Boyle-Mariotte law qânun-e Boyle-Mariotte (#) Fr.: loi de Boyle-Mariotte In a → perfect gas where mass and temperature are kept constant, the volume of the gas will vary inversely with the absolute pressure. The law can be expressed as PV = constant, where P = absolute pressure and V = volume. After Robert Boyle (1627-1691), an Irish philosopher, chemist, and physicist, and Edme Mariotte (1620-1684), a French physicist and pioneer of neurophysiology, who discovered the law independently, the first one in 1662 and the second one in 1676; → law. |
Bragg's law qânun-e Bragg Fr.: loi de Bragg A parallel beam of monochromatic X-rays of wavelength λ, incident on a given set of parallel crystal planes at a grazing angle θ will give rise to a reflected beam whenever: n λ = 2d . sinθ, where n is an integer representing the difference in path length, and d is the perpendicular distance between a pair of adjacent planes. Named after William Lawrence Bragg (1890-1971), British physicist, who, in collaboration with his father, William Henry Bragg (1862-1942), joint Nobel Prize in Physics 1915, pioneered X-ray analysis and spectrometry; → law. |
Brewster's law qânun-e Brewster Fr.: loi de Brewster The amount of the polarization of light reflected from a surface is a maximum when the reflected ray is at right angles to the refracted ray. See also → polarizing angle. Named after Sir David Brewster (1781-1868), Scottish physicist; → law. |
Cassini's law qânun-e Cassini Fr.: loi de Cassini Any of the three empirical laws governing the rotational dynamics of the
→ Moon: Named after Jean-Dominique Cassini (1625-1712), French astronomer of Italian origin, who established these laws in 1693 (Traité de l'origine et du progrès de l'astronomie), ; → law. |
Charles' law qânun-e Charles (#) Fr.: loi de Charles The volume of a fixed mass of any gas increases for each degree rise in temperature by a constant fraction of the volume at 0° C, the pressure being constant throughout. Named after Jacques Charles (1746-1823), French physicist, who first discovered the law, and who was responsible for the first balloon ascents using hydrogen. |
clustering law qânun-e xušé bandi Fr.: loi de groupement An empirical power-law representing the number of stellar clusters as a function of the number of stars per cluster within an interval. It is expressed as: N(N_{*}) dN_{*}∝ N_{*}^{-α} dN_{*}, where N(N_{*}) is the number of clusters containing N_{*} stars and dN_{*} is the interval in star number. It is believed that this relationship applies to a variety of systems, including stellar clusters, globular clusters, H II regions (Oey et al. 2004, AJ 127, 1632). → clustering; → law. |
commutative law qânun-e âmuteši Fr.: loi commutative A principle holding for the operations of addition and multiplication (in some number domains) that asserts that the consequence of the given operation is not affected by the order in which the terms are considered. Thus x + y = y + x; x . y = y . x. → commutative; → law. The first use of the word commutative in this sense is ascribed to the French mathematician François Joseph Servois (1768-1847). |
conservation law qânun-e patâyeš Fr.: loi de conservation A general statement that a → physical quantity,
such as → energy,
→ mass,
→ momentum, or
→ electric charge
is unchanged in an → interaction
occurring within a → closed system.
See also: → conservation; → law. |
Coulomb's law qânun-e Coulomb (#) Fr.: loi de Coulomb The electrical force between two charged objects is directly proportional to the product of the quantity of charge on the objects and inversely proportional to the square of the separation distance between the two objects |
de Vaucouleurs law qânun-e de Vaucouleurs Fr.: loi de Vaucouleurs A mathematical expression describing the → surface brightness profile of a typical → elliptical galaxy, whereby the projected luminosity distribution varies as exp(-R)^{1/4}. → de Vaucouleurs radius; → law. |
Debye law qânun-e Debye (#) Fr.: loi de Debye The → Debye model at → low → temperatures, where the → specific heat is proportional to the cube of the → absolute temperature, i.e. C_{V} ∝ T^{3}. |
distributive law qânun-e vâbâžš Fr.: loi distributive Math.: In multiplication, the principle that permits the multiplier to be applied separately to each term in the multiplicand: x(y + z) = xy + xz. → associative law; → commutative law. → distributive; → law. |
Dulong-Petit law qânun-e Dulong-Petit Fr.: loi de Dulong et Petit The product of the → specific heat and → atomic weight of most solid elements at room → temperature is nearly the same. In other words, specific heat is constant for a solid and independent of temperature. Experiment shows that at moderate temperatures this law is satisfied for → crystals with rather simple structure. However, the law fails for crystals with more complex structures. More specifically the law cannot explain the variation of specific heat with temperature. The specific heat drops to zero as the temperature approaches 0 K. This behavior is explained only with the quantum theory. → Debye model. Named after Pierre L. Dulong (1785-1838) and Alexis T. Petit (1797-1820), French chemists, who proposed the law in 1819. They collaborated in several important investigations, including studies of thermal expansion of gases and of liquids and the specific heats of substances; → law. |