Math Definitions - Letter P


Definition of Period

Definition of Period

The period is the length travelled along the \(x\)-axis as a periodic function moves from one peak to the next peak (or from any fixed point to the next fixed point)

In Physics, the period is the time that it takes for a periodic function to move from one peak point to the next peak point, while the wavelength is the distance between the peaks of a periodic function.


The aim of this dictionary is to provide definitions to common mathematical terms. Students learn a new math skill every week at school, sometimes just before they start a new skill, if they want to look at what a specific term means, this is where this dictionary will become handy and a go-to guide for a student.


Year 1 to Year 12 students

Learning Objectives

Learn common math terms starting with letter P

Author: Subject Coach
Added on: 6th Feb 2018

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