# ELI5 I don’t understand amplitude and frequency, help please

861 views
0

ELI5 I don’t understand amplitude and frequency, help please

In: Physics

Frequency is about how long it takes for the next wave to land on the beach.

Amplitude is about how high the waves are.

My old physics teacher put it simply:

In sound, frequency sets the tone, amplitude is the volume control.

In light, frequency determines the colour, amplitude is how bright that colour is.

Amplitude is how many lanes on the highway. Frequency is the number of vehicles passing through that section.

Amplitude is the max absolute value it can take (max height a wave can have)

Frequency is how many times the function repeats on a second (how many max height waves can you see in the interval of a second, starting with a high wave)

I won’t do an ELI5 for this topic as you need to understand the basic concept, and not some fancy explanation.

It’s quite simple with a sinusoidal function representation properly explained. I can link one if you need this topic explained.