The nomenclature of climate science?

I recall a question around here a day or two ago which asked about the dihydrogen monoxide petition. Several of the answers pointed out that a chemist would never use that expression (even though it is technically correct). But it is true that nobody would use that term in a scientific setting.

This got me thinking about another term: forcing. Of course you hear this term all the time around here and throughout most climate studies and the IPCC reports. And people who use this term may be the same as those who dislike the alternative H2O term. And they're the type to mention Laws of Thermodynamics and what the physics tells us about CO2 and radiative forcings, etc.

Well, I have a challenge for you. Other than in climate science, find examples in physics where the term "forcing" is used. You can start here:

I see climate science is in there twice. So is magic. But nothing about physics. Good luck all. I await some awesome answers.



@Baccheus: Thanks, that has the makings of an awesome answer.

Unfortunately I don't have the time right now to dig into that in detail. The few I did take a cursory look at were related to mathematics. And since electrical engineering is my field I looked into the electromagnetic forcing device. I found the paper here:

My initial reaction is that none of these are related to physics and the natural world. It's unfortunate that YA seem to cut off your physics examples as those would have been good to look at. Maybe you could fix that?

It would be great to see an example the\at involves thermodynamics in a natural scenario.

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