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cosine wave

A cosine wave is a signal waveform with a shape identical to that of a sine wave , except each point on the cosine wave occurs exactly 1/4 cycle earlier than the corresponding point on the sine wave. A cosine wave and its corresponding sine wave have the same frequency, but the cosine wave leads the sine wave by 90 degrees of phase .

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In most practical situations, a lone cosine wave is the same as a lone sine wave; phase generally has meaning only when two or more waves having identical frequencies are compared. The distinction between sine and cosine waves is important in Fourier analysis , where complex waveforms are defined in terms of constituent sine and cosine waves, and in Fourier synthesis , where complex waveforms are electronically built up from sine and cosine waves.

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If my sine wave is run on through and FFT analyzer and show a 60 Hz Harmonic what would the value of its Cosine be?
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