Sunday, April 22, 2012

Types of transformations

Reversible transformations change the form of an object but they do not create or destroy objects. Motion is effectively a reversible process of reconfiguring some object with respect to a reference frame. Mereological transformations include the composition of parts into wholes and the decomposition of wholes into parts:

Parts: pieces, components, fragments, sections, segments

Decomposition: break up, disintegrate, disunite, divide, divorce, segregate, separate, shatter, split, uncouple

Composition: amalgamate, coalesce, collect, compound, come together, combine, integrate, fuse, join, merge, mix, synthesize, unite

In a non-conservative system the act of destruction can be described as decomposing the system into parts and sending away a part to some other location such as a garbage dump and the act of creation can be described as fusion involving an object on the heap.

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