Quote by unseensoul
Imagining the function sin(2[tex]\pi[/tex]ft + [tex]\phi[/tex]) ...
...you're saying that the whole argument (2[tex]\pi[/tex]ft + [tex]\phi[/tex]) is what so called "phase"?
So why do people (my lecturers included) keep saying that the phase in the above function is the [tex]\phi[/tex]?
As you might imagine, this leads me to some confusion...
PS: Thanks for your reply

technically the phase is the whole argument of the sine function and the phase shift is phi. People seldom get this terminology right though. However, usually the context in which the terminology is used makes it easy to identify the meaning.