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The Sauerbrey equation is a useful empirical model in material science to represent the dynamics of frequency change denoted by
in an area, denoted by , of the electrode in terms of the increment of the mass, which is denoted by , loaded on the surface of the crystal under a certain resonant frequency . For the purpose of studying from the point of view of time series, we first propose two types of the modified representations of the Sauerbrey equation by taking time as an argument to represent as a function expressed by where is time. Usually, is studied experimentally for the performance evaluation of the tested quartz used in ammonia sensors. Its properties in time series, however, are rarely reported. This paper presents the fractal properties of . We will show that is long range dependent (LRD). Consequently, it is heavy tailed according to the Taqqu's theorem. The Hurst parameter () of approaches one, implying its strong long memory, providing a new explanation of the repeatability of the experiments and novel point of view of the dynamics of relating to the Sauerbrey equation in material science.