I have no question in particular I need help solving but would just like to understand what the heck is a phase constant? I keep on reading different things in Wikipedia, my textbook, Cramster... I'm just not quite sure what it is exactly and how to find it in a SHM problem. I read in my textbook that it has to do with the velocity at a specified time and the position of the particle or object at that time. I'm shown in an example problem to find φ I have to solve v(0)/x(0), but why... is not clear to me. Would appreciate help understanding this seemingly elusive constant.