PERIODIC

The characteristic ascribed to a variable which repeats any value it attains at regular intervals of time called a PERIOD; that is, it describes an OSCILLATION that passes repeatedly through maximum and minimum values at the same rate. Periodic WAVEFORMs have a PITCH associated with them.

Conversely,

aperiodicwaveforms have no such regularity or PERIODICITY and may have ambiguous pitch (see INHARMONIC) or may be classified as NOISE. See: BROAD BAND NOISE, RANDOM NOISE.See: COMPLEX TONE, CYCLE, FOURIER ANALYSIS, FOURIER THEOREM, FREQUENCY, MODULATION, RHYTHM, SIMPLE HARMONIC MOTION.

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