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Mu (uppercase Μ, lowercase μ; Ancient Greek μῦ [mŷː], Modern Greek μι or μυ [mi]) is the 12th letter of the Greek alphabet. In the system of Greek numerals it has a value of 40. Mu was derived from the Egyptian hieroglyphic symbol for water (𓈖), which had been simplified by the Phoenicians and named after their word for water, to become(mem). Letters that arose from mu include the Roman M and the Cyrillic М.
- 1 Names
- 2 Use as symbol
- 3 Character Encodings
- 4 In Popular Culture
- 5 See also
- 6 References
In Ancient Greek, the name of the letter was written μῦ and pronounced [mŷː].
Use as symbol
- the SI prefix micro-, which represents one millionth, or 10−6
- the micron, an old unit that corresponds to the micrometre (which is now denoted "µm")
This is not exhaustive, since any Greek letter may be used freely as a variable name.
- a measure in measure theory
- minimalization in computability theory and Recursion theory
- the mean in the normal distribution
- the integrating factor in ordinary differential equations
- the learning rate in artificial neural networks
- the Möbius function in number theory
- the population mean or expected value in probability and statistics
Physics and engineering
- the coefficient of friction (also used in aviation as braking coefficient)
- reduced mass in the two-body problem
- linear density, or mass per unit length, in strings and other one-dimensional objects
- permeability in electromagnetism
- the magnetic dipole moment of a current-carrying coil
- dynamic viscosity in fluid mechanics
- the amplification factor or voltage gain of a triode vacuum tube
- the electrical mobility of a charged particle
- a.k.a. rotor advance ratio; the ratio of aircraft airspeed to rotor tip speed in rotorcraft
In particle physics:
- the chemical potential of a system or component of a system
- μ, population size from which in each generation λ offspring will generate. (the terms μ and λ originate from Evolution strategy notation)
- an important opiate receptor
- Standard gravitational parameter of a celestial body, the product of the gravitational constant G and the mass M
- planetary discriminant, represents an experimental measure of the actual degree of cleanliness of the orbital zone, a criterion for defining a planet. The value of µ is calculated by dividing the mass of the candidate body by the total mass of the other objects that share its orbital zone.
- Mu major chord
- Electronic musician Mike Paradinas runs the label Planet Mu which utilizes the letter as its logo, and releases music under the pseudonym µ-Ziq, pronounced "music"
In application names:
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- Greek Mu / Coptic Mu
|Unicode name||GREEK CAPITAL LETTER MU||GREEK SMALL LETTER MU||MICRO SIGN||COPTIC CAPITAL LETTER MI||COPTIC SMALL LETTER MI|
|UTF-8||206 156||CE 9C||206 188||CE BC||194 181||C2 B5||226 178 152||E2 B2 98||226 178 153||E2 B2 99|
|Numeric character reference||Μ||Μ||μ||μ||µ||µ||Ⲙ||Ⲙ||ⲙ||ⲙ|
|Named character reference||Μ||μ||µ|
- Mathematical Mu
|Unicode name||MATHEMATICAL BOLD
|MATHEMATICAL BOLD ITALIC
|MATHEMATICAL BOLD ITALIC
|UTF-8||240 157 154 179||F0 9D 9A B3||240 157 155 141||F0 9D 9B 8D||240 157 155 173||F0 9D 9B AD||240 157 156 135||F0 9D 9C 87||240 157 156 167||F0 9D 9C A7||240 157 157 129||F0 9D 9D 81|
|UTF-16||55349 57011||D835 DEB3||55349 57037||D835 DECD||55349 57069||D835 DEED||55349 57095||D835 DF07||55349 57127||D835 DF27||55349 57153||D835 DF41|
|Numeric character reference||𝚳||𝚳||𝛍||𝛍||𝛭||𝛭||𝜇||𝜇||𝜧||𝜧||𝝁||𝝁|
|Unicode name||MATHEMATICAL SANS-SERIF
BOLD CAPITAL MU
BOLD SMALL MU
BOLD ITALIC CAPITAL MU
BOLD ITALIC SMALL MU
|UTF-8||240 157 157 161||F0 9D 9D A1||240 157 157 187||F0 9D 9D BB||240 157 158 155||F0 9D 9E 9B||240 157 158 181||F0 9D 9E B5|
|UTF-16||55349 57185||D835 DF61||55349 57211||D835 DF7B||55349 57243||D835 DF9B||55349 57269||D835 DFB5|
|Numeric character reference||𝝡||𝝡||𝝻||𝝻||𝞛||𝞛||𝞵||𝞵|
These characters are used only as mathematical symbols. Stylized Greek text should be encoded using the normal Greek letters, with markup and formatting to indicate text style.
In Popular Culture
In the online game RuneScape, entering this character once caused a bug that would force other nearby players to log out, which was abused to great effect by those in pvp areas. It has since been patched, and, like all bug abuse, is against the runescape terms of service.
- Greek letters used in mathematics, science, and engineering
- Л, л - El (Cyrillic)
- Fraser alphabet#Consonants
- Ballou, Glen (1987). Handbook for Sound Engineers: The New Audio Cyclopedia (1 ed.). Howard W. Sams Co. p. 250. ISBN 0-672-21983-2. "Amplification factor or voltage gain is the amount the signal at the control grid is increased in amplitude after passing through the tube, which is also referred to as the Greek letter μ (mu) or voltage gain (Vg) of the tube."
- "Nomenclature" NASA
- Olympus History : µ[mju:] (Stylus) Series
- Johnson, Kyle (1991). "Object Positions". Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 9 (4): 577–636. doi:10.1007/BF00134751.
- Unicode Code Charts: Greek and Coptic (Range: 0370-03FF)