A sinusoidal wave can be plotted in a two dimensions. Generally and simply :


As it is being plotted, the horizontal axis (as a straight line) is x, and the lambda is the wave length after which the wave will be repeated. How can one reach to a sinusoidal wave over a circumference which is not a straight line; Moreover the division of the circumference by the lambda has to be an integer number. It means: n=(2pi*r)/lambda. Here n is the number of lambda (wave) on the circumference and must be an integer, also, r is the radii of the circle.

  • $\begingroup$ PolarPlot[r + Sin[n theta], {theta, 0, 2 Pi}] $\endgroup$ – Rahul Dec 24 '14 at 17:24
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you, however this plot is a bit different of which I expected but it is enough and ok. $\endgroup$ – Unbelievable Dec 24 '14 at 17:36

Since any 2D transformation that maps the sine function onto a circle will distort the functional form, I would suggest drawing the sine function perpendicularly to the 2D plane as follows:

frames = With[{m = 10, r = 1, h = .3},
      {r Cos[ϕ], r Sin[ϕ], h Sin[m ϕ - t]}, {ϕ, 0,
        2 Pi},
      PlotStyle -> Tube[.03],
      PlotRange -> 1.1 {{-r, r}, {-r, r}, {-h, h}}
       Polygon[2 {{-r, -r, 0}, {r, -r, 0}, {r, r, 0}, {-r, r, 0}}]
    {t, Pi/5, 2 Pi, Pi/5}]



This is the least distorted form in which you can probably expect to display the function.

The animation is only added for fun, you can omit it by setting t=0 and getting rid of the Table construct.

  • $\begingroup$ it is wonderful! $\endgroup$ – Unbelievable Dec 24 '14 at 17:44
  • $\begingroup$ I like the fun part, merry x-mas, $\endgroup$ – user9660 Dec 24 '14 at 17:58

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