# What is phase constant

by justwild
Tags: constant, phase
 P: 53 I just started learning Simple Harmonic Motion and encountered a word Phase Constant $\phi$ . Actually it appeared as f(t)=rsin($\omega t+\phi$) I am confused whether phase constant is actually the initial position of the particle(which execute SHM) and therefore the point on graph at time=0 or not!!!
 Sci Advisor HW Helper Thanks P: 26,148 hi justwild! welcome to pf! you're right, the phase constant is the initial angle (or initial phase): the angle (or phase) at t = 0
 P: 53 what is the harm if we just take $\omega t$ as the argument.
 PF Gold P: 1,503 What is phase constant You just shift the motion in phase slightly. All te same key features are there.
 P: 53 If $\phi$ is the initial angle then I think the sinusoidal graph will show different starting points(t=0) for different values of $\phi$ of the same amplitude and frequency of vibration. Is that so???
 Quote by justwild what is the harm if we just take $\omega t$ as the argument.
 Quote by justwild If $\phi$ is the initial angle then I think the sinusoidal graph will show different starting points(t=0) for different values of $\phi$ of the same amplitude and frequency of vibration. Is that so???