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File Plot 2

HERA Tool: File Plot 2

The periodicity on this plot for this binary system, or any plot with only 100 rows isn't easy to see. Experiment with more rows until you find out how much time, i.e., how many rows, you need to best estimate the periodicity. It will take a while to plot lots of data -- be patient! When you decide on the clearest choice of rows to estimate the period, print it out.

Exercise 5

What do you see when you plot 500 rows? 1000 rows? 4000 rows? 10,000 rows?

Write a paragraph explaining the changes that you see:


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