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Sinusoids

The term sinusoid means a waveform of the type

$\displaystyle A\cos(2\pi ft + \phi) = A \cos(\omega t + \phi). \protect$ (A.1)

Thus, a sinusoid may be defined as a cosine at amplitude $ A$, frequency $ f$, and phase $ \phi$. (See [84] for a fuller development and discussion.) A sinusoid's phase $ \phi$ is in radian units. We may call

$\displaystyle \theta(t) \isdef \omega t + \phi
$

the instantaneous phase, as distinguished from the phase offset $ \phi$. Thus, the ``phase'' of a sinusoid typically refers to its phase offset. The instantaneous frequency of a sinusoid is defined as the derivative of the instantaneous phase with respect to time (see [84] for more):

$\displaystyle f(t) \isdef \frac{d}{dt} \theta(t) = \frac{d}{dt} \left[\omega t + \phi\right] = \omega
$

A discrete-time sinusoid is simply obtained from a continuous-time sinusoid by replacing $ t$ by $ nT$ in Eq.$ \,$(A.1):

$\displaystyle A\cos(2\pi f nT + \phi) = A \cos(\omega n T + \phi).
$


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