# primitive period

## primitive period

[′prim·əd·iv ′pir·ē·əd]
(mathematics)
A period a of a simply periodic function ƒ(x) such that any period of ƒ(x) is an integral multiple of a.
Either of two periods a and b of a doubly periodic function ƒ(x) such that any period of ƒ(x) is of the form ma + nb, where m and n are integers.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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'Since this is set in the primitive period, I'm not exactly wearing much clothing.
Featuring detailed readings of Etienne Bonnot de Condillac's Essay on the Origin of Human Knowledge and Adam Ferguson's Essay on the History of Civil Society, the opening chapter demonstrates the frequency with which the primitive period of human history was compared to the early stages of an individual's life.
Definition 7 (Primitive Period 1 Quiver) Following [FM11], for 1 [less than or equal to] k [less than or equal to] N/2, we define the primitive period 1 quiver +[P.sup.(k).sub.N] (resp.
adjoin the primitive period 1 quiver - [P.sup.(r).sub.N].
At the same time Stan was making two-reelers like Lucky Dog in 1917, a snippet that would now be forgotten like so many others from that primitive period except that Stan, after accidentally interrupting a hold-up, is chased by the gunman - a small time actor called....yes, Oliver Hardy.
I don't think feminism has moved beyond anything, nor do I think it's productive to bracket off the '70s as some primitive period of feminist theorizing that has been superseded.
He wrote a book on George Edward Woodberry (1917) and several books on Japanese art, including The Art of Japan (1927) and Japanese Prints of the Primitive Period (1942).
In this case there is a pair of primitive periods 2w and 2w' such that w is a real and w' a pure imaginary semiperiod of the p function.

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