What is potential?

Some articles on potential, potentials:

Electrorheological Fluid - Applications
... the separation between plates being in the order of 1 mm and the applied potential being in the order of 1 kV ... the ability to soak the fluid into cloth creates the potential for a very light vest that can change from a normal cloth into a hard covering almost instantaneously ... Other potential uses are in accurate abrasive polishing and as haptic controllers and tactile displays ...
Saltatory Conduction - Mechanism
... At each successive node, the membrane potential of the axon is thereby brought to the threshold potential to initiate an action potential ... Thus in myelinated axons, action potentials do not propagate continuously as waves, but instead recur at successive nodes, and in effect "hop" along the ... The action potential only moves in one direction, because the sodium channels at the previous node of Ranvier are inactivated, and cannot regenerate another action potential, even ...
Diopside - Potential Uses
... Diopside based ceramics and glass-ceramics have potential applications in various technological areas ... The as produced glass-ceramic is a potential structural material ... Similarly, diopside based ceramics and glass-ceramics have potential applications in the field of biomaterials, nuclear waste immobilization and sealing materials in solid oxide fuel cells ...
Particle In A Spherically Symmetric Potential
... mechanics, the dynamics of a particle in a spherically symmetric potential has a Hamiltonian of the following form where denotes the mass of the particle in the potential ... it amounts to solving the Schrödinger equation with the potential V(r) which depend only on r, the modulus of r ...
Potential Gradient
... In physics, chemistry and biology, a potential gradient is the local rate of change of the potential with respect to displacement, i.e ... In electrical engineering it refers specifically to electric potential gradient, which is equal to the electric field ...

More definitions of "potential":

  • (adj): Existing in possibility.
    Example: "A potential problem"
    Synonyms: possible
  • (adj): Expected to become or be; in prospect.
    Example: "Potential clients"
    Synonyms: expected, likely

Famous quotes containing the word potential:

    Children are potentially free and their life directly embodies nothing save potential freedom. Consequently they are not things and cannot be the property either of their parents or others.
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770–1831)

    While each child is born with his or her own distinct genetic potential for physical, social, emotional and cognitive development, the possibilities for reaching that potential remain tied to early life experiences and the parent-child relationship within the family.
    Bernice Weissbourd (20th century)

    Most days I feel like an acrobat high above a crowd out of which my own parents, my in-laws, potential employers, phantoms of “other women who do it” and a thousand faceless eyes stare up.
    —Anonymous Mother. Ourselves and Our Children, by Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, ch. 2 (1978)