Sine function generator/testing the new Serial Plotter of ver 1.6.6

As you no doubt heard by now, there’s a new version of the Arduino IDE.
There’s a bare-basic serial plotter added that I’m sure we will find useful. It’s only good for a single channel with fixed timebase, but it is a welcome addition.

I created a little sine wave function to test it and I thought you might like to see how to create a function generator in software.

#include <math.h>

 * some frequency f has a period of 1/f seconds.
 * 2*pi*f radians/second at frequency f
 * At 1Hz, there are 2*pi radians in one second
 * At 1kHz, 2*pi*1000 radians/second.
 * Divide by 2*pi*f by 1000 to find radians/millisecond, or
 * divide by 10e6 for radians/microsecond
 * Calculate number of milliseconds elapsed between calls,
 * multiply by required 2*pi*f/1000 to get the delta(angle)
 * and add to previous angle.
 * calculate sin/cos/tan for the current angle

// Only adjust the frequency! 
const double frequency = 1; // 1Hz
long milliSeconds;
long previousMilliSeconds;
long elapsed;
double angle;
double previousAngle;
double radiansPerMillisecond;
double pi = M_PI;

void setup() {
  // put your setup code here, to run once:
  while (!Serial) {;} // waiting for my Leonardo to open the com port
  // radians per millisecond is a constant for a given frequency,
  // so we only need to calculate it once to save processor time
  radiansPerMillisecond = radiansPerMilliSecond(frequency);

  // set up the delta(t) and delta(angle) values
  angle = 0;
  previousAngle = 0;
   milliSeconds = millis();
  previousMilliSeconds = milliSeconds;

void loop() {
  // put your main code here, to run repeatedly:

  milliSeconds = millis();
  elapsed = milliSeconds - previousMilliSeconds;
  previousMilliSeconds = milliSeconds;
  angle = previousAngle + deltaRadians(elapsed, radiansPerMillisecond);
  previousAngle = angle;



// functions

double radiansPerMilliSecond(double frequency) {

  return (double) 2.0*pi*frequency/1000;


double deltaRadians(long elapsed, double radiansPerMs) {
  return radiansPerMs * elapsed;