klenchin at facstaff.REMOVE_TO_REPLY.wisc.edu
Wed Dec 22 15:49:09 EST 1999
:In article <3861193C.C13E6AD4 at wgn.net>, vdrake at wgn.net (Vernon Drake) wrote:
:> Could someone tell me what the letters pH stand for?
Interesting question! Shamefully, I don't know. pH, pKa, etc but what is
the etymology for "p"?
:I think it means "pons hydrous" but I never took latin so do not hold be
:to it. Now if it were a greek word, I would have no problem.
I vaguely recall some Latin which at a time I had no means not to take :-)
Pons means bridge and this does not really help me to understand
the origin of pX = -logX
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