Intensity vs Frequency - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between intensity and frequency

is that intensity is the quality of being intense while frequency is (uncountable) the rate of occurrence of anything; the relationship between incidence and time period.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • the quality of being intense
  • the degree of strength
  • (physics) time-averaged energy flux (the ratio of average power to the area through which the power "flows"); irradiance
  • (optics) can mean any of radiant intensity, luminous intensity or irradiance
  • (astronomy) syn. radiance
  • (geology) The severity of an earthquake in terms of its effects on the earth's surface, and buildings. The value depends on the distance from the epicentre, and is not to be confused with the magnitude.
  • frequency



  • (uncountable) The rate of occurrence of anything; the relationship between incidence and time period.
  • * With growing confidence, the Viking’s raids increased in frequency .
  • * The frequency of bus service has been improved from 15 to 12 minutes.
  • (uncountable) The property of occurring often rather than infrequently.
  • * The FAQ addresses questions that come up with some frequency .
  • * The frequency of the visits was what annoyed him.
  • (countable) The quotient of the number of times n a periodic phenomenon occurs over the time t in which it occurs: f = n / t.
  • * The frequency of the musical note A above middle C is 440 oscillations per second.
  • * ''The frequency of a wave is its velocity v divided by its wavelength \lambda: f = v / \lambda.
  • * Broadcasting live at a frequency of 98.3 megahertz, we’re your rock alternative!
  • * The frequency for electric power in the Americas is generally 60 Hz rather than 50.
  • (statistics) number of times an event occurred in an experiment (absolute frequency)
  • Synonyms

    * (rate of occurrence) oftenness


    * (rate of occurrence) period

    See also

    * cadence * commonness * occurrence * periodicity