I’ve been wracking my brain for the term for this all week. I’m almost certain there is a single word for the quantity that you make in an experiment, where you can’t (easily) measure what you really want.
When measuring the specific heat of an object using a calorimeter, we are taking temperature data, instead of directly measuring the specific heat. The temperature is called the …..
Not “indicator”, “stand-in”. Might begin with “pseudo”, but don’t remember.
Thanks in advance!
Consider calling ‘temperature’ a proxy or measure of ‘heat’.
It is a measure in the sense that there is a relationship between temperature and heat. It is a proxy in the sense that you have something standing in place of the real thing.
3.1 An indication of the degree, extent, or quality of something.
‘his resignation is a measure of how angry he is’
(NB: the noun’s definition 1 is also relevant, but applies more to a unit such as Celcius as a measure of a quantity such as temperature.)
A figure that can be used to represent the value of something in a calculation.
‘the use of a US wealth measure as a proxy for the true worldwide measure’