What is potential?

  • (adj): Existing in possibility.
    Example: "A potential problem"
    Synonyms: possible
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on potential, potentials:

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 ...
Electrorheological Fluid - Applications
... separation between plates being in the order of 1 mm and the applied potential being in the order of 1 kV ... vests using an ER fluid because the ability to soak the fluid into cloth creates the potential for a very light vest that can change from a normal cloth ... Other potential uses are in accurate abrasive polishing and as haptic controllers and tactile displays ...
Particle In A Spherically Symmetric Potential
... In quantum 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 ... the Schrödinger equation with the potential V(r) which depend only on r, the modulus of r ...
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 ... Ions need only to cross the axon membrane to propagate the action potential at the nodes, but not anywhere under the myelin along the axon ... Thus in myelinated axons, action potentials do not propagate continuously as waves, but instead recur at successive nodes, and in effect "hop" along the axon, by which ...
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 ...

More definitions of "potential":

  • (adj): Expected to become or be; in prospect.
    Example: "Potential clients"
    Synonyms: expected, likely

Famous quotes containing the word potential:

    The germ of violence is laid bare in the child abuser by the sheer accident of his individual experience ... in a word, to a greater degree than we like to admit, we are all potential child abusers.
    F. Gonzalez-Crussi, Mexican professor of pathology, author. “Reflections on Child Abuse,” Notes of an Anatomist (1985)

    And what is the potential man, after all? Is he not the sum of all that is human? Divine, in other words?
    Henry Miller (1891–1980)

    Views of women, on one side, as inwardly directed toward home and family and notions of men, on the other, as outwardly striving toward fame and fortune have resounded throughout literature and in the texts of history, biology, and psychology until they seem uncontestable. Such dichotomous views defy the complexities of individuals and stifle the potential for people to reveal different dimensions of themselves in various settings.
    Sara Lawrence Lightfoot (20th century)