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CONTINUUM


Continuum

A medium can be considered as a continuum if its discrete structure is neglected.
Comments. 1. We distinguish between : a) a "homogeneous continuum" in which the physical properties at different points are identical at the same temperature and pressure, and b) an "inhomogeneous continuum," in which the physical properties at different points are not identical at the same temperature and pressure.
2. We also distinguish between: a) an "isotropic continuum," whose physical properties do not depend on direction, and b) an "anisotropic continuum," whose physical properties are different in different directions.

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