# Hertz

The **hertz** (symbol: **Hz**) is the unit of frequency in the International System of Units (SI), equivalent to one event (or cycle) per second.[1][3] The hertz is an SI derived unit whose expression in terms of SI base units is s^{−1}, meaning that one hertz is the reciprocal of one second.[2] It is named after Heinrich Rudolf Hertz (1857–1894), the first person to provide conclusive proof of the existence of electromagnetic waves. Hertz are commonly expressed in multiples: kilohertz (10^{3} Hz, kHz), megahertz (10^{6} Hz, MHz), gigahertz (10^{9} Hz, GHz), terahertz (10^{12} Hz, THz).

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General information | |

Unit system | SI |

Unit of | frequency |

Symbol | Hz |

Named after | Heinrich Hertz |

In SI base units | s^{−1} |

Some of the unit's most common uses are in the description of sine waves and musical tones, particularly those used in radio- and audio-related applications. It is also used to describe the clock speeds at which computers and other electronics are driven. The units are sometimes also used as a representation of the energy of a photon, via the Planck relation *E*=*h*ν, where *E* is the photon's energy, ν is its frequency, and the proportionality constant *h* is Planck's constant.