# f = 1/T?? What does it mean?

by threy
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 P: 17 What does this formula means: f = 1/T I don't get this. Please explain the relationship between frequency and period and the formula above thanks :)
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Its described here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frequency

from the article:

 For example, if a newborn baby's heart beats at a frequency of 120 times a minute, its period (the interval between beats) is half a second.
 Mentor P: 11,041 Using different units in that example obscures the relationship a bit. A frequency of 120 beats per minute corresponds to a period of 1/120 of a minute per beat. Continuing, 1/120 of a minute = 1/2 second. Or to match the original formula better: a period of 1/2 second per beat corresponds to a frequency of 1/(1/2) beats per second = 2 beats per second. Continuing, 2 beats per second = 120 beats per minute.
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## f = 1/T?? What does it mean?

agree with jtbell, bad example from wiki. It's simple math, threy. If you tnink about it the same way you think of ax=b there is no confusion. The trick is that T is time for 1 oscilation, so ax=b becomes ax=1.
 P: 11 It simply means frequency is inversely proportional to time taken to complete one oscillation and proportionality constant is 1
 Sci Advisor HW Helper Thanks PF Gold P: 4,007 The frequency f is the number of cycles per second. The period T is the number of seconds per cycle. Chet
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 Quote by Chestermiller The frequency f is the number of cycles per second. The period T is the number of seconds per cycle. Chet
Beautifully clear and concise explanation that says it all.

You've done this before, haven't you
 Sci Advisor PF Gold P: 1,542 If you can walk around the block in 1/2 hour, (30 minutes) then you can do it 2 times in one hour. If you can walk around the block in 1/3 hour (20 minutes) then you can do it 3 times in one hour. If you can walk around the block in 1/4 hour (15 minutes) then you can do it 4 times in one hour. If you can walk around the block in 1/10 hour (6 minutes) then you can do it 10 times in one hour.