A sinusoid is any function of time having the following form:
where all variables are real numbers, and
The term “peak amplitude” is often shortened to “amplitude,” e.g., “the amplitude of the sound was measured to be 5 Pascals.” Strictly speaking, however, the “amplitude” of a signal is its instantaneous value at any time . The peak amplitude satisfies . The “instantaneous magnitude” or simply “magnitude” of a signal is given by , and the peak magnitude is the same thing as the peak amplitude.
Note that Hz is an abbreviation for Hertz which physically means “cycles per second.” You might also encounter the older (and clearer) notation “c.p.s.” for cycles per second.
Since is periodic with period , the phase is indistinguishable from the phase . As a result, we may restrict the range of to any length interval. When needed, we will choose
i.e., . You may also encounter the convention .
- Example Sinusoids
- Why Sinusoids are Important
- In-Phase and Quadrature Sinusoidal Components
- Sinusoids at the Same Frequency
- Constructive and Destructive Interference of Sinusoids