# How to distinguish mass concentration and density?

I am writing a proof where I have to mention both with density and of a material and mass concentration (mass/volume) of a material.

I am using the letter $$\rho$$ to represent density, and I didn't want to abuse the same symbol for concentration because it will make the whole proof much harder to follow. I would also prefer to avoid subscripts as the only distinguishable element.

What other symbol or syntax should I use to distinguish density from mass concentration of a material?

• Will $c\mathstrut$ do? – Ivan Neretin Jul 12 at 11:08
• @IvanNeretin If that's a accepeted convention, yes... but I actually have other constants named c :P – cinico Jul 12 at 11:15

According to IUPAC's Green Book , both $$γ$$ and $$ρ$$ can be employed to denote mass concentration. Fragment of a table from the section 2.10 GENERAL CHEMISTRY [1, p. 48]:
$$\begin{array}{lll} \hline \text{Name} & \text{Symbol} & \text{Definition} & \text{SI unit} \\ \hline \ldots \\ \text{mass concentration, (mass density)} & γ, ρ & γ_\ce{B} = m_\ce{B}/V & \pu{kg m-3} \\ \ldots \\ \hline \end{array}$$
[…] In polymer science the word “concentration” and the symbol $$c$$ is normally used for mass concentration.
• Thanks. I never saw it before, but in IUPAC I'll trust and I shall use $\gamma$. – cinico Jul 12 at 14:39