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    Correct my frequency/period conversion (please)

    Is frequency the inverse of period, or is it 2pi/period?

    If you have an equation like this, A*sin(fx-p), or A*cos(fx-p), then f is the frequency (A is amplitude, p is phase shift). Allegedly, the period is T=2pi/f. Supposedly, frequency is f=1/T. Does anyone see anything wrong here (e.g, substituting 1/T for f in the equation for T does not yield T)?

    For example y=sin(2t). Frequency f=2. Period T=2pi/f=2pi/2=pi (this matches my calculator which shows one cycle every pi). So, of course, f=1/T=1/Pi, except that f=2. What's the deal?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MSUMathStdnt View Post
    Is frequency the inverse of period, or is it 2pi/period?

    If you have an equation like this, A*sin(fx-p), or A*cos(fx-p), then f is the frequency (A is amplitude, p is phase shift). Allegedly, the period is T=2pi/f. Supposedly, frequency is f=1/T. Does anyone see anything wrong here (e.g, substituting 1/T for f in the equation for T does not yield T)?

    For example y=sin(2t). Frequency f=2. Period T=2pi/f=2pi/2=pi (this matches my calculator which shows one cycle every pi). So, of course, f=1/T=1/Pi, except that f=2. What's the deal?
    Yeah, you have to be wary of context. By definition frequency is the inverse of the period, f = 1/T, and angular frequency \omega is 2 \pi / T. The problem is that a lot of texts use f for the angular frequency.

    Sometimes you get a break and you are given the unit for "frequency" as rad/s. The "rad" is a give-away for angular frequency.

    -Dan
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