**Potential function** — The term potential function may refer to:* A mathematical function whose values are a physical potential. * The class of functions known as harmonic functions, which are the topic of study in potential theory … Wikipedia

**potential function** — potencialinė funkcija statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. potential function vok. Potentialfunktion, f rus. потенциальная функция, f pranc. fonction potentielle, f … Fizikos terminų žodynas

**Potential (disambiguation)** — Potential may mean:In mathematics and physics: * a Potential: ** Scalar potential ** Vector potential * A potential function, that is, a harmonic function studied in potential theoryIn physics and engineering: * Potential energy * Magnetic… … Wikipedia

**Potential** — Po*ten tial, n. 1. Anything that may be possible; a possibility; potentially. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. (Math.) In the theory of gravitation, or of other forces acting in space, a function of the rectangular coordinates which determine the… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

**Potential game** — A game in game theory is considered a potential game if the incentive of all players to change their strategy can be expressed in one global function, the potential function. The concept was proposed by Dov Monderer and Lloyd Shapley. Games can… … Wikipedia

**Potential method** — In algorithms, the potential method is a method used to analyze the amortized time and space complexity of an algorithm. It can be thought of as a generalization of the accounting method and the debit method. It is useful in cases where it is… … Wikipedia

**Potential flow** — streamlines around a NACA 0012 airfoil at 11° angle of attack, with upper and lower streamtubes identified. In fluid dynamics, potential flow describes the velocity field as the gradient of a scalar function: the velocity potential. As a result,… … Wikipedia

**Potential theory** — may be defined as the study of harmonic functions. Definition and comments The term potential theory arises from the fact that, in 19th century physics, the fundamental forces of nature were believed to be derived from potentials which satisfied… … Wikipedia

**potential** — [pō ten′shəl, pəten′shəl] adj. [ME potenciall < ML potentialis < L potentia: see POTENT] 1. that has power; potent 2. that can, but has not yet, come into being; possible; latent; unrealized; undeveloped 3. Gram. expressing possibility,… … English World dictionary

**Potential energy surface** — A potential energy surface is generally used within the adiabatic or Born–Oppenheimer approximation in quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics to model chemical reactions and interactions in simple chemical and physical systems. The… … Wikipedia