|Jul21-12, 02:43 PM||#1|
What is phase?
Hey, im self taught and by no means an expert, but have a decent understanding of the standard model. im looking looking for a little clarification on what exactly a phase, or phase shift is. also perhaps a definition of what a dimension is... as i understand them, a dimension is movement, or the freedom of movement in the direction of that dimension.
|Jul22-12, 02:23 AM||#2|
Are you referring to the phase of a wave?
As for dimension, take a look at a couple of common definitions from wikipedia:
|Jul22-12, 02:52 AM||#3|
Phase in sinusoidal functions or in waves has two different, but closely related, meanings. One is the initial angle of a sinusoidal function at its origin and is sometimes called phase offset. Another usage is the fraction of the wave cycle which has elapsed relative to the origin.
This site has an excellent overview for your learning pleasure, plus some great animation to demonstrate the concept of phase of sinusoidal waves.
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