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The dictionaries are on my side, they specifically say the root of period is
periodus and this specifically refers to a time interval.
But I am completely outnumbered by current-day math professors who are
teaching scads of students that period does not need to be a time interval.
Nonetheless, I still expect students to work problems in context. If I
ask students for the wavelength of a sound wave I expect them to report a
and if I ask for the period of a sound wave I expect them to report a time.
However, it is certainly an eye-opener to talk to math professors and
realize how much of the terminology used in math classes these days is
stuff I never
heard of, or stuff that is different than the way I learned it and teach it.