Periodic Function

Pronunciation: /ˈpɪəɹ.ɪ.əd.ɪk ˈfʌŋk.ʃən/ Explain

A periodic function is a function whose values repeat over a specific interval. The interval over which the output of the function repeats is called the period of the function. The frequency of a periodic function is inversely proportional to the period: f=1/p. Frequency is usually measured in cycles per second (cps). The amplitude of a periodic function is half the distance from the minimum to the maximum values in the range. In nature, the amplitude of a wave is related to the energy of the wave.

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  1. McAdams, David E.. All Math Words Dictionary, periodic function. 2nd Classroom edition 20150108-4799968. pg 137. Life is a Story Problem LLC. January 8, 2015. Buy the book

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