An oscillation is a periodic motion that repeats itself in a regular cycle.

  • Oscillation is a characteristic of waves, including electromagnetic waves.
  • Examples of oscillation include the side-to-side swing of a pendulum and the up-and-down motion of a spring with a weight attached.
  • Electromagnetic waves oscillate due to the transmission of energy by their electric and magnetic fields.
  • An oscillating movement is typically around a point of equilibrium if the motion repeats itself around an equilibrium position.
  • Oscillations can occur in a wide range of physical systems, such as mechanical systems, electrical circuits, and chemical reactions.

An oscillation is a periodic motion that repeats itself in a regular cycle. An oscillating movement is always around an equilibrium point or mean value. It is also known as a periodic motion.

  • The term oscillation denotes something that moves in one direction, then moving back in a repeating pattern.
  • An electromagnetic wave describes an oscillatory motion as the electric field and then the magnetic field take turns to increase to their maximum values and then drop back to zero.