# Math Help - Period of cosine curve

1. ## Period of cosine curve

How do you come up with the first step of the correct answer? I understnd the simplification from there.

2. easier way: for $\cos(nx)$ the period is $\frac{2\pi}{n}$

therefore for $\cos\left(\frac{\pi}{4}x\right)$ the period is $\frac{2\pi}{\frac{\pi}{4}} = 8$

3. thanks, although how do you get the first step of the correct answer explanation I posted?

4. Originally Posted by Mike9182

In the first step you are using the fact that $f(x)=\cos x$ is periodic with period $2\pi$
In general if fundamental period of $f(x)$ is $T$,then fundamental period of of $f(ax+b)$ is $\frac{T}{|a|}$, where, $a\neq 0$
The fundamental period of $f(x)=\cos x$ is $2\pi$.
Therefore,the fundamental period of $f\left(\frac{\pi}{4}x\right)$ is $\frac{2\pi}{\frac{\pi}{4}}=8$