Frequency, Wavelength, Period and Speed

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Introduction:

This page allows you to input two out of the four values for a simple A.C., RF or Audio problem, and calculate the remaining values, regardless of which two values are provided. Common uses might include radio antenna design, EMI filter design, etc.
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Definitions:

Frequency f
The number of times a full oscillation occurs within one second, measured in Hertz.
Time t
The period required for one complete oscillation, (ie: one complete wave), measured in Seconds.
Inversely proportional to the Frequency.
Wavelength λ (Greek lowercase letter lambda)
The distance between each positive peak of the waveform, or any other part of the wave, measured in metres.
In antenna design, there is often a requirement to use less than a full wavelength, and so additional fields are provided for ¼, ½, ¾ Wavelengths.
Speed / Velocity V
The speed of the transmission medium, measured in metres per second.
Buttons are provided below the entry field to allow you to specify certain common values. Note that for transmission antenna, a 'correction factor' may be needed depending on the kind of wire used.

Formulae:

Diagram of the "Magic Triangle" formulae: velocity = frequency times wavelength

Instructions

  1. Fill in at least two boxes with the values that you know
  2. Make sure that only one of the four 'Wavelength' boxes has a value
  3. Make sure that only the 'Frequency' or the 'Time' box has a value
  4. Change the units for all 'input' fields, if required
  5. Change the units for any output fields to match the dimensions that you want to use.
  6. Click the 'CalcResult' button below the input fields
  7. The value of the blank fields will be calculated
  8. A 'Results Area' will be displayed below.
  9. All known values will be shown. (Values for which insufficient information was given will also be identified.)
  10. To do further calculations simply change any values in the input fields and click the 'CalcResult' button again. (Press the 'Clear Form' button if you want to empty all of the input fields.)
  11. Press the 'Clear Results' button if you wish to discard the first results, otherwise further calculations will be added into the same area.
  12. Click the 'CalcResult' button again
  13. Click the 'Print Results' button to display all current results in a new, printable window.
Time Values
Length Values
Transmission Speed

Results:

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