publication . Preprint . Article . 2011

A sorites paradox in the conventional definition of amount of substance

Nigel Wheatley;
Open Access
  • Published: 19 Jan 2011
Abstract
The conventional definition of amount of substance _n_ is as a quantity proportional to number of entities _N_. This implies that n is discrete for small _N_ while _n_ is considered to be continuous at the macroscopic scale, leading to a sorites paradox. A practical criterion is proposed for distinguishing between amount of substance and number of entities, and the implications for the conventional definition of amount of substance are discussed.
Subjects
free text keywords: Chemistry, Amount of substance, Macroscopic scale, Mathematical economics, Ecology, Sorites paradox, Biology, General Engineering, Calculus, Mathematics
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publication . Preprint . Article . 2011

A sorites paradox in the conventional definition of amount of substance

Nigel Wheatley;