mixing ratio field or mixing-ratio field

arte-semaki

Senior Member
Russian - Russia
I have several physical variables: pressure, temperature, mixing ratio. For the pressure and temperature I can form the phrases "pressure field, temperature field". But what phrase for the mixing ratio is correct - "mixing ratio field" or "mixing-ratio field"? I think I have to place a hyphen here because the mixing ratio is a whole notion.
 
  • TimLA

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    Hmmm...'field' is problematic here.

    In a 'field' there are usually multiple variables, distance, direction, etc.

    Can you give us a bit more context?
     

    arte-semaki

    Senior Member
    Russian - Russia
    "Field" is a standard scientific notion. For example, a temperature field is a multivariable function T(x,y,z) that gives a temperature value at any point (x,y,z) of the space.
     

    TimLA

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    Yes, so you are talking about the classic use of 'field' in physics and math.

    Then the answer is yes, you can use things like "temperature field" without a hyphen.

    And you can find 'mixing ratio field' in THIS publication on page 594
     
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