Period of a Function

Pronunciation: /ˈpɪər i əd ʌv ə ˈfʌŋk ʃən/ Explain

Graph of the sine function showing peaks at pi/2 and 5*pi/2, which gives a period of (5*pi/2-pi/2)=2*pi.
Figure 1: Period of a sine function.

A period of a function is an interval, usually of time or space, over which something repeats. Figure 1 shows the period of the sine function to be .

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  • McAdams, David E.. Periodic function. allmathwords.org. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. 8/15/2010. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/p/periodicfunction.html.

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McAdams, David E. Period of a Function. 5/5/2011. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/p/period.html.

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2/18/2010: Differentiated 'period' as 'period of a function'. (McAdams, David E.)
10/25/2008: Initial version. (McAdams, David E.)

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