# scale factor

## Definitions

### Astronomy

- Factor used by cosmologists to represent the change of large distances with time: symbol R

### Electronics

- A number which is added, multiplied, or otherwise factored in to a measurement or reading, so as to provide the final displayed magnitude or
__value__. Used, for instance, to convert a quantity into a value that is in the units displayed by a given scale. - A number which divides or multiplies a measurement or reading, so as to change its scale of magnitude. Such a factor is usually an exponent the
__base__ of the number __system__ utilized is raised to.

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