Absorption

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Absorption has a number of meanings:

  • In physics, absorption is a process in which particles of some sort encounter another material and are taken up by or even disappear in it. Specifically, it can refer to:
  • In economics, absorption refers to the total demand of an economy for goods and services both from within and without the economy.
  • In mathematics, absorption laws (Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://wikimedia.org/api/rest_v1/":): {\displaystyle a\vee (a\wedge b)=a} and Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://wikimedia.org/api/rest_v1/":): {\displaystyle a\wedge (a\vee b)=a} ) define a lattice, for example in Boolean algebra where the operations Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://wikimedia.org/api/rest_v1/":): {\displaystyle \wedge} and Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://wikimedia.org/api/rest_v1/":): {\displaystyle \vee} denote AND and OR, respectively.

Absorption should not be confused with adsorption, the formation of a liquid or gas film on a solid surface.


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