Period of a Function

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

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 .

References

  1. period. http://wordnet.princeton.edu/. WordNet. Princeton University. (Accessed: 2011-01-08). http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=period of a function&sub=Search+WordNet&o2=&o0=1&o7=&o5=&o1=1&o6=&o4=&o3=&h=.

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  • McAdams, David. Periodic function. allmathwords.org. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. 2010-08-15. http://www.allmathwords.org/article.aspx?lang=en&id=Periodic Function.

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Period of a Function. 2008-10-25. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/p/period.html.

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2010-02-18: Differentiated 'period' as 'period of a function' (McAdams, David.)
2008-10-25: Initial version (McAdams, David.)

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