Lissajous figure


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Lissajous figure

[¦lē·sə¦zhü ‚fig·yər]
(physics)
The path of a particle moving in a plane when the components of its position along two perpendicular axes each undergo simple harmonic motions and the ratio of their frequencies is a rational number. Also known as Bowditch curve.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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