;;; -*- Mode:Lisp; Syntax: Common-Lisp; Package:ONTOLINGUA-USER; Base:10 -*-;;; Physical Quantities Ontology;;; (c) 1993 Greg Olsen and Thomas Gruber(in-package "ONTOLINGUA-USER") (define-theoryphysical-quantities(frame-ontology abstract-algebra) "In engineering analysis, physical quantities such as the length of a beam or the velocity of a body are routinely modeled by variables in equations with numbers as values. While human engineers can interpret these numbers as physical quantities by inferring dimension and units from context, the representation of quantities as numbers leaves implicit other relevant information about physical quantities in engineering models, such as physical dimension and unit of measure. Furthermore, there are many classes of models where the magnitude of a physical quantity is not a simple real number - a vector or higher-order tensor for instance. Our goal here is to extend standard mathematics to include unit and dimension semantics. In this theory, we attempt to define the basic concepts associated with physical quantities. A quantity is a hypothetically measurable amount of something. We refer to those things whose amounts are described by physical-quantities as physical-dimensions (following the terminology used in most introductory Physics texts). Time, length, mass, and energy are examples of physical-dimensions. Comparability is inherently tied to the concept of quantities. Quantities are described in terms of reference quantities called units-of-measure. A meter is an example of an unit-of-measure for quantities of the length physical-dimension. The physical-quantities theory defines the basic vocabulary for describing physical quantities in a general form, making explicit the relationships between magnitudes of various orders, units of measure and physical dimensions. It defines the general class physical-quantity and a set of algebraic operators that are total over all physical quantities. Specializations of the physical-quantity class and the operators are defined in other theories (which use this theory). The theory also describes specific language for physical units such as meters, inches, and pounds, and physical dimensions such as length, time, and mass. The theory provides representational vocabulary to compose units and dimensions from basis sets and to describe the basic relationships between units and physical dimensions. This theory helps support the consistent use of units in expressions relating physical quantities, and it also supports conversion of units needed in calculations.") (in-theory 'physical-quantities);;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; Physical Quantities;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;(define-classPHYSICAL-QUANTITY(?x) "A physical-quantity is a measure of some quantifiable aspect of the modeled world, such as 'the earth's diameter' (a constant length) and 'the stress in a loaded deformable solid' (a measure of stress, which is a function of three spatial coordinates). The first type is called constant-quantity and the second type is called function-quantity. All physical quantities are either constant-quantities or function-quantities. Although the name and definition of this concept is inspired from physics, physical quantities need not be material. For example, amounts of money are physical quantities. In fact, all real numbers and numeric-valued tensors are special cases of physical quantities. In engineering textbooks, quantities are often called variables. Physical quantities are distinguished from purely numeric entities like a real numbers by their physical dimensions. A physical-dimension is a property that distinguishes types of quantities. Every physical-quantity has exactly one associated physical-dimension. In physics, we talk about dimensions such as length, time, and velocity; again,nonphysicaldimensions such as currency are also possible. The dimension of purely numeric entities is the identity-dimension. The 'value' of a physical-quantity depends on its type. The value of a constant-quantity is dependent on a unit-of-measure. Physical quantities of the identity-dimension (dimensionless quantities) are just numbers or tensors to start with. Physical quantities of the type function-quantity are functions that map quantities to other quantities (e.g., time-dependent quantities are function-quantities). See the definitions of these other classes and functions for detail.";; every physical quantity has a dimension:def (defined (quantity.dimension ?x));; physical quantities are either quantities or quantity functions:axiom-def (and (exhaustive-subclass-partition PHYSICAL-QUANTITY (setof CONSTANT-QUANTITY FUNCTION-QUANTITY))) :issues ((:see-also CONSTANT-QUANTITY FUNCTION-QUANTITY PHYSICAL-DIMENSION) ("We define a general class of quantities in order to support a generic set of operators. Most of the semantics of these operators are not given here. Specializations of quantity will define how each operator works over their domains (i.e., subclasses of quantity)."))) (define-functionQUANTITY.DIMENSION(?q) :-> ?dim "A quantity has a unique physical-dimension. This function maps quantities to physical-dimensions. It is total for all physical quantities (as stated in the definition of physical-quantity)." :def (and (physical-quantity ?q) ; domain constraint (physical-dimension ?dim)) ; range constraint :issues ((:example (= (quantity.dimension (height fred)) length-dimension)))) (define-relationCOMPATIBLE-QUANTITIES(?x ?y) "Two physical quantities are compatible if their physical-dimensions are equal. Compatibility constrains how quantities can be compared and combined with algebraic operators." :iff-def (and (physical-quantity ?x) (physical-quantity ?y) (= (quantity.dimension ?x) (quantity.dimension ?y))) :issues (:example (compatible-quantities (* 6 feet) (* 20 meters)))) (define-classCONSTANT-QUANTITY(?x) "A constant-quantity is a constant value of some physical-quantity, like 3 meters or 55 miles per hour. Constant quantities are distinguished from function-quantities, which map some quantities to other quantities. For example, the velocity of a particle over some range of time would be represented by a function-quantity mapping values of time (which are constant quantities) to velocity vectors (also constant quantities). All real numbers (and numeric tensors of higher order) are constant quantities whose dimension is the identity-dimension (i.e., the so-called 'dimensionless' or nondimensional-constant-quantity). All constant quantites can be expressed as the product of some nondimensional quantity and a unit of measure. This is what it means to say a quantity `has a magnitude'. For example, 2 meters can be expressed as (* 3 meter), where meter is defined as a unit of measure for length. All units of measure are also constant quantities.";; constant-quantity is a kind of physical quantity that is not a function:iff-def (and (physical-quantity ?x) (not (function-quantity ?x))) :issues ((:example (constant-quantity (height fred))) ("Why not associate a fixed unit of measure with a quantity?" "Assume that quantities have a property like q.unit. Then define two quantities Q1 = (the-quantity 10 centimeters) and Q2 = (the-quantity 0.1 meters). Clearly Q1 = Q2. But (q.unit Q1) = centimeters and (q.unit Q2) = meters. This is a contradiction.") ("Why include numbers as quantities?" "This allows one to commit to the engineering math ontologies without having to handle all the units and dimensions. The theory can include all of normal math as a special case."))) (define-classFUNCTION-QUANTITY(?f) "A FUNCTION-QUANTITY is a function that maps from one or more constant-quantities to a constant-quantity. The function must have a fixed arity of at least 1. All elements of the range (ie, values of the function) have the same physical-dimension, which is the dimension of the function-quantity itself." :iff-def (and (physical-quantity ?f);; an instance of FUNCTION-QUANTITY is a function(function ?f);; the arity is fixed(defined (arity ?f));; the domains and range of the function are CONSTANT-QUANTITIES(subclass-of (relation-universe ?f) constant-quantity);; all the values have the same dimension;; the dimension of ?f is the dimension of all of;; the values of ?f (ie, instances of its exact-range)(defined (quantity.dimension ?f)) (forall ?val (=> (instance-of ?val (exact-range ?f)) (= (quantity.dimension ?f) (quantity.dimension ?val)))))) (define-classNONDIMENSIONAL-CONSTANT-QUANTITY(?x) "Although it sounds contradictory, a nondimensional-constant-quantity is a quantity whose dimension is the identity-dimension. All numeric tensors, including real numbers, are nondimensional quantities." :iff-def (and (constant-quantity ?x) (= (quantity.dimension ?x) identity-dimension));; all real numbers are constant-quantities with the identity-dimension;; as dimension.:axiom-def (superclass-of nondimensional-constant-quantity real-number)) (define-functionMAGNITUDE(?q ?unit) :-> ?mag "The magnitude of a constant-quantity is a numeric value for the quantity given in terms of some unit-of-measure. For example, the magnitude of the quantity 2 kilometers in the unit-of-measure meter is the real number 2000. The unit-of-measure and quantity must be of the same physical-dimension, and the resulting value is a nondimensional quantity. The type of the resulting quantity is dependent on the type of the original quantity. The magnitude of a scalar-quantity is a real-number, and the magnitude of a vector-quantity is a numeric-vector. In general, then, the magnitude function converts a quantity with dimension into a normal mathematical object. Units of measure are scalar quantities, and magnitude is defined in terms of scalar multiplication. The magnitude of a quantity in a given unit times that unit is equal to the original quantity. This holds for all kinds of tensors, including real-numbers and vectors. For scalar quantities, one can think of the magnitude as the ratio of a quantity to the unit quantity. See the definition of the multiplication operator * for the various sorts of quantities. The properties of * that hold for all physical-quantities are defined in this theory. There is no magnitude for a function-quantity. Instead, the value of a function-quantity on some input is a quantity which may in turn be a constant-quantity for which the magnitude function is defined. See the definition of value-at." :iff-def (and (constant-quantity ?q) (unit-of-measure ?unit) (nondimensional-constant-quantity ?mag) (compatible-quantities ?q ?unit) (defined (* ?mag ?unit)) (= (* ?mag ?unit) ?q));; magnitudes can be factored out of quantities:axiom-def (forall (?q ?unit ?mag) (=> (and (constant-quantity ?q) (unit-of-measure ?unit) (nondimensional-constant-quantity ?mag) (defined (* ?mag ?q))) (= (magnitude (* ?mag ?q) ?unit) (* ?mag (magnitude ?q ?unit))))) :issues ((:example (=> (= (height fred) (* 2 yards)) (= (magnitude (height fred) feet) 6))))) (define-classZERO-QUANTITY(?x) "A zero quantity is one which, when multiplied times any quantity, results in another zero quantity (possibly the same zero). The class of zero quantities includes the number 0, and zero quantities for every physical dimension and order of tensor." :def (and (physical-quantity ?x) (forall (?q) (=> (physical-quantity ?q) (zero-quantity (* ?q ?x))))) :axiom-def (zero-quantity 0) :issues (("Q: Why not make one zero-thing which follows our intuition?" "A: We would have to make exceptions for all of our operators on quantities that depend on physical-dimension or tensor-order.")));;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; Operators defined for all physical quantities;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;(define-function+(?x ?y):-> ?z "+ is the addition operator for physical-quantities. The + function is defined for numbers as part of KIF specification (in the kif-numbers ontology). Here it is extended polymorphically to operate on physical quantities. The main difference between quantities and ordinary numbers is the notion of dimension and unit. First, the sum of two quantities is only defined when the quantities are comparable -- having the same dimension -- and the sum has the same dimension. Second, the sum of two constant quantities is the sum of their magnitudes. However, the magnitude of a quantity is relative to a unit in which it is requested. Therefore, the sum of two quantities x and y is another quantity z such that forallunits of measure of comparable dimension, the magnitude of z in such a unit is the sum of the magnitude of x and y in that unit. The + function is further specialized when applied to different kinds of quantities, such as constant-quantities, function-quantities, and vector-quantities." :when (and (physical-quantity ?x) (physical-quantity ?y)) :def (and (physical-quantity ?z) (compatible-quantities ?x ?y) (compatible-quantities ?x ?z))) (define-function*(?x ?y):-> ?z "* is the multiplication operator for physical-quantities. The * function is defined for numbers as part of KIF specification (in the kif-numbers ontology). Here it is extended polymorphically to operate on physical quantities. The main difference between quantities and ordinary numbers is the notion of dimension and unit. The dimension of the product of two quantities is the analogous product of their dimensions (the * function is also extended to dimensions). For example, the product of two length quantities is a quantity of dimension 'length * length'. The relationship between the magnitudes of two quantities and their product cannot be stated completely in this ontology. It depends on the whether the magnitudes are scalars or higher-order tensors. The * function is further specialized when applied to these different kinds of quantities in the ontologies for scalar-quantities and vector-quantities. It must be commutative and associative, however, in order to allow factoring of magnitudes and units." :when (and (physical-quantity ?x) (physical-quantity ?y)) :def (and (physical-quantity ?z) (= (quantity.dimension ?z) (* (quantity.dimension ?x) (quantity.dimension ?y))) ) :axiom-def (and (commutative * physical-quantity) (associative * physical-quantity) (distributes * + physical-quantity))) (define-function-(?x) :-> ?y "(- ?x) denotes the negative element of element ?x with respect to addition operator: i.e., it is the additive inverse. The unary '-' operator for complex numbers (part of KIF specification) is overloaded to operate on physical quantities. All quantity objects have an additive inverse and the addition of a parameter and its additive-inverse will equal a zero element, such as the real number 0 or the zero vector of the same dimension if ?x is a vector. Each engineering quantity algebra will define specialization of - for its domain." :when (physical-quantity ?x) :def (and (physical-quantity ?y) (compatible-quantities ?x ?y))) (define-functionRECIP(?x) :-> ?y "(RECIP ?x) is the reciprocal element of element ?x with respect to multiplication operator. For a number x the reciprocal would be 1/x. Not all quantity objects will have a reciprocal element defined. The number 0 for instance will not have a reciprocal. If a parameter x has a reciprocal y, then the product of x and y will be an identity element of some sort such as '1' for numbers, 3*1/3 = 1. The reciprocal of an element is equivalent to exponentiation of the element to the power -1." :when (physical-quantity ?x) :def (and (physical-quantity ?y) (= (quantity.dimension ?y) (expt (quantity.dimension ?x) -1))) :axiom-def (= (recip ?x) (EXPT ?x -1))) (define-functionEXPT(?x ?r) :-> ?z "EXPT is exponentiation to real powers for physical-quantities. The 'expt' operator for complex numbers (part of KIF specification) is overloaded to operate on physical quantities. This operator is further defined for quantity subclasses. The result is a physical-quantity if it is defined." :when (and (physical-quantity ?x) (real-number ?r)) :def (and (physical-quantity ?z);; the dimension of the expt of two quantities is;; the expt of their dimensions. See expt below.(= (quantity.dimension ?z) (expt (quantity.dimension ?x) ?r))) :axiom-def (forall (?x1 ?x2 ?r1 ?r2) (and (= (* (EXPT ?x1 ?r1) (EXPT ?x1 ?r2)) (EXPT ?x1 (+ ?r1 ?r2))) (= (EXPT (* ?x1 ?x2) ?r1) (* (EXPT ?x1 ?r1) (EXPT ?x2 ?r1))) (= (EXPT (EXPT ?x1 ?r1) ?r2) (EXPT ?x1 (* ?r1 ?r2)))))) (define-function-(?x ?y) :-> ?z "Subtraction for physical-quantities. The binary '-' operator for complex numbers (part of KIF specification) is overloaded to operate on physical quantities. Defined in terms of addition and unary minus, -." :when (and (physical-quantity ?x) (physical-quantity ?y)) := (+ ?x (- ?y))) (define-function/(?x ?y):-> ?z "Division for physical-quantities. The '/' operator for complex numbers (part of KIF specification) is overloaded to operate on physical quantities. Defined in terms of multiplication and real exponentiation operators." :when (and (physical-quantity ?x) (physical-quantity ?y)) := (* ?x (EXPT ?y -1))) (define-functionSUMMATION(?func ?start ?end) :-> ?q "Summation operator for a function that represents an integer indexed quantity.";; this says that summation is total for physical quantities:when (range ?func physical-quantity) :def (and (physical-quantity ?q) (integer ?start) (integer ?end)));;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; Polymorphic extensions for constant quantities;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;(define-relationRELATION-EXTENDED-TO-QUANTITIES(?r) "A relation-extended-to-quantities is a relation that,whenit is true on a sequence of arguments that are magnitudes (e.g., real numbers or tensors), then it is also true on a sequence of constant quantites with those magnitudes in some units. For example, the<relation is extended to quantities. That means that for all pairs of quantities q1 and q2, (<q1 q2) if and only if (<(magnitude q1 ?u) (magnitude q2 ?u)) for all units on which the two magnitudes are defined. There may be relations that are not instances of this class that nonetheless hold for quantity arguments. To be a relation-extended-to-quantities means that the relation holds when all the arguments are of the same physical dimension." :iff-def (and (relation ?r) (forall (@args) (<=>;; the relation holds for some constant quantities iff(and (holds ?r @args) (=> (item ?q (listof @args)) (and (constant-quantity ?q))));; for any unit that is compatible with ALL the arguments(forall (?unit ?q) (=> (and (unit-of-measure ?unit) (=> (item ?q (listof @args)) (compatible-quantities ?q ?unit)));; it holds on the magnitudes of those quantities in that unit(member (map (lambda (?q) (magnitude ?q ?unit)) (listof @args)) ?r))))))) (define-relation<(?q1 ?q2) "The<relation is defined for quantities. It holds on quantities when it holds on their magnitudes." :when (and (constant-quantity ?q1) (constant-quantity ?q2)) :axiom-def (relation-extended-to-quantities<)) (define-function+(?x ?y):-> ?z "The + function can be applied to all compatible constant quantities. The sum of the magnitudes of two compatible-quantities is equal to the magnitude of the sum of the quantities, for all units of measure." :when (and (constant-quantity ?x) (constant-quantity ?y)) :axiom-def (relation-extended-to-quantities +);; but just to be clear what that means:iff-def (and (constant-quantity ?z) (forall ?unit (=> (unit-of-measure ?unit) (= (+ (magnitude ?x ?unit) (magnitude ?y ?unit)) (magnitude ?z ?unit))))));;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; PHYSICAL-DIMENSIONS;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;(define-classPHYSICAL-DIMENSION(?x) "A physical dimension is a property we associate with physical quantities for purposes of classification or differentiation. Mass, length, and force are examples of physical dimensions. Composite physical dimensions can be described by composing primitive dimensions. For example, Length/Time ('length over time') is a dimension that can be associated with a velocity. The composition operators for dimensions are * [dimension product] and expt [exponentiation to a real power], which have algebraic properties analogous to their use with real numbers. The product of any two dimensions is a dimension. There is an indentity element for * on dimensions; it is called the identity-dimension. The product of any dimension and the identity-dimension is the original dimension; any other product defines a new dimension. The analogy of division is exponentiation to a negative number. There is no intrinsic property of a dimension that makes it primitive. A set of primitive dimensions is chosen by convention to define a system of units of measure. However, the relative relationships among dimensions can be established independently of systems of units. For example, the dimension corresponding to velocity is length/time, and therefore the length dimension is the same as velocity * time. This is true regardless of whether the length or velocity dimensions are viewed as the fundamental dimensions in some system, or whether either dimension is denoted by a object constant or a term expression in some theory." :def (individual ?x) ;not a set :axiom-def (abelian-group physical-dimension * identity-dimension) ) (define-function*(?d1 ?d2) :-> ?d3 "* is a commutative and associative operator for specifying products of physical-dimensions. Together with the identity-dimension, * forms an abelian group over physical-dimensions.";; This :WHEN clause indicates a polymorphic extension of the * operator;; to the case where it is applied to to dimensions. The :DEF constraint;; only holds when the :WHEN condition holds.:when (and (physical-dimension ?d1) (physical-dimension ?d2)) :def (physical-dimension ?d3) :issues ((:example (= force (* mass-dimension length-dimension (expt time-dimension -2))) (= work (* force length-dimension))))) (define-instanceIDENTITY-DIMENSION(physical-dimension) "identity-dimension is the identity element for the * operator over physical-dimensions. That means that the product of identity-dimension and any other dimension is that other dimension. Identity-dimension is the dimension of the so-called dimensionless quantities, including the real numbers." :axiom-def (identity-element-for identity-dimension * physical-dimension)) (define-functionEXPT(?d ?exp) :-> ?dim "Exponentiation of physical-dimensions to a real power." :when (and (physical-dimension ?d) (real-number ?exp)) :def (physical-dimension ?dim) :axiom-def (forall (?d1 ?d2 ?r1 ?r2) (=> (and (physical-dimension ?d1) (physical-dimension ?d2) (real-number ?r1) (real-number ?r2)) (and (= (expt ?d1 0) identity-dimension) (= ?d1 (expt ?d1 1)) (= (* (expt ?d1 ?r1) (expt ?d1 ?r2)) (expt ?d1 (+ ?r1 ?r2))) (= (expt (* ?d1 ?d2) ?r1) (* (expt ?d1 ?r1) (expt ?d2 ?r1))) (= (expt (expt ?d1 ?r1) ?r2) (expt ?d1 (* ?r1 ?r2)))))));;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; UNIT-OF-MEASURE;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;(define-classUNIT-OF-MEASURE(?u) "A unit-of-measure is a constant-quantity that serves as a standard of measurement for some dimension. For example, the meter is a unit-of-measure for the length-dimension, as is the inch. Square-feet is a unit for length*length quantities. Units-of-measure can be defined as primitives or can be defined as products of units or units raised to real exponents. There is no intrisic property of a unit that makes it primitive or fundamental; rather, a system-of-units defines a set of orthogonal dimensions and assigns units for each. Therefore, there is no distinguished class for fundamental unit of measure. The magnitude of a unit-of-measure is always a positive real number, using any comparable unit. Units are not scales, which have reference origins and can have negative values. Units are like distances between points on scales. Any composition of units and reals using the * and expt functions is also a unit-of-measure. For example, the quantity 'three meters' is denoted by the expression (* 3 meter). There is an identity-unit that forms and abelian-group with the * operator over units of measure. That means * is commutative and associative for units. It is also commutative for multiplying units and other constant-quantities. This is important for factoring out units from expressions containing tensors or functions." :iff-def (and;; A unit is a scalar quantity.(constant-quantity ?u);; its magnitude is always a positive real,;; which implies a linear order (not density)(forall ?other-unit (=> (and (unit-of-measure ?other-unit) (compatible-quantities ?u ?other-unit)) (and (real-number (magnitude ?u ?other-unit)) (positive (magnitude ?u ?other-unit)))))) :axiom-def (and;; units can be combined with * to produce units(abelian-group unit-of-measure * identity-unit);; any composition of units and reals using * and expt is a unit(=> (and (unit-of-measure ?a) (real-number ?b)) (unit-of-measure (* ?a ?b))) (=> (and (unit-of-measure ?a) (real-number ?b)) (unit-of-measure (expt ?a ?b)));; * is communitive for units and other quantities.;; This is important for factoring out units;; when multiplied with tensors or functions.(=> (and (unit-of-measure ?a) (constant-quantity ?b)) (= (* ?a ?b) (* ?b ?a))))) (define-instanceIDENTITY-UNIT(unit-of-measure) "The identity unit can be combined with any other unit to produce the same unit. The identity unit is the real number 1. Its dimension is the identity-dimension." := 1 :axiom-def (= (quantity.dimension identity-unit) identity-dimension));;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; SYSTEMS OF UNITS;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;(define-classSYSTEM-OF-UNITS(?system) "A system-of-units is a class of units of measure that defines a standard system of measurement. Each instance of the class is a canonical unit-of-measure for a dimension. The mapping from dimensions to units in the system is provided by the function called standard-unit; since this mapping is functional and total, there is exactly one unit in the system of units per dimension. There is no intrinsic property of a dimension that makes it fundamental or primitive, and neither is there any such property for units of measure. However, each system of units is defined by a basis set of units, from which all other units in the system are composed. The function base-units maps a system-of-units to its basis set. The dimensions of the units in the base-set must be orthogonal (see the definition of fundamental-dimension-set). For each composition of these fundamental dimensions (e.g., length / time) there is a corresponding unique unit in the system-of-units (e.g., meter / second-of-time). The System International (SI) standard used in physics is a system-of-units based on seven fundamental dimensions and base units. Other systems of units may have different basis sets of differing cardinality, yet share some of the same units as the SI system." :iff-def (and;; a system of units is a CLASS of units(class ?system) (subclass-of ?system unit-of-measure);; Every unit in the system is the standard unit for its dimension.(=> (instance-of ?unit ?system) (= (standard-unit ?system (quantity.dimension ?unit)) ?unit));; It defines a set of base units whose dimensions are fundamental(defined (base-units ?system)) (=> (member ?unit (base-units ?system)) (instance-of ?unit ?system)) (orthogonal-dimension-set (setofall ?dim (exists ?unit (and (member ?unit (base-units ?system)) (= ?dim (quantity.dimension ?unit))))))) :issues ((:example (system-of-units si-unit)) ((("Can any set of units be the base-set for a system of units?" "No, the base-units in a system of units must not be compositions of each other. For example, if the base units included meter, second-of-time, and (unit* meter second-of-time), then it would NOT be a system of units, because the dimension of (unit* meter second-of-time) is (* length-dimension time-dimension), which is a composition of other ``fundamental'' dimensions."))))) (define-functionBASE-UNITS(?system-of-units) :-> ?set-of-units "Defines a set of base units for a system of units." :def (and (system-of-units ?system-of-units) (set ?set-of-units) (=> (member ?unit ?set-of-units) (unit-of-measure ?unit)))) (define-functionSTANDARD-UNIT(?system-of-units ?dimension) :-> ?unit "The standard-unit for a given system and dimension is a unit in that system whose dimension is the given dimension." :iff-def (and (system-of-units ?system-of-units) (physical-dimension ?dimension) (unit-of-measure ?unit) (instance-of ?unit ?system-of-units) (= (quantity.dimension ?unit) ?dimension))) (define-functionMAGNITUDE-IN-SYSTEM-OF-UNITS(?q ?system) :-> ?mag "magnitude-in-system-of-units is like magnitude, but it maps a quantity and asystemof units into a nondimensional numeric value. For example, one could ask for the value of 55 miles per hour in the SI system. In SI, the standard-unit for the dimension of miles per hour is meters per second-of-time. So the answer would be about 24 meters per second-of-time." :constraints (and (constant-quantity ?q) (system-of-units ?system) (nondimensional-constant-quantity ?mag)) := (magnitude ?q (standard-unit ?system (quantity.dimension ?q)))) (define-classORTHOGONAL-DIMENSION-SET(?set-of-dimensions) "A set of orthogonal dimensions; i.e., dimensions that cannot be composed from each other." :iff-def (and (set ?set-of-dimensions) (=> (member ?dim ?set-of-dimensions) (and (physical-dimension ?dim) (not (dimension-composable-from ?dim (difference ?set-of-dimensions (setof ?dim)))))))) (define-relationDIMENSION-COMPOSABLE-FROM(?dim ?set-of-dimensions) :iff-def (or (member ?dim ?set-of-dimensions) (exists (?dim1 ?dim2) (and (dimension-composable-from ?dim1 ?set-of-dimensions) (dimension-composable-from ?dim2 ?set-of-dimensions) (= ?dim (* ?dim1 ?dim2)))) (exists (?dim1 ?real) (and (dimension-composable-from ?dim1 ?set-of-dimensions) (real-number ?real) (= ?dim (expt ?dim1 ?real))))))