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Unformatted text preview: ODEs  Review Sheet 3 More on the Laplace transform Impulses and their Laplace transforms If F is a force and it acts during a time interval [ a,b ], then the impulse transmitted by the force is R b a F ( t ) dt. A unit impulse is one for which R b a F ( t ) dt = 1 . And an instantaneous unit impulse is an idealization in which the force is transmitted at a single instant of time. We write the idealized force as δ ( t t ) (the Dirac delta function). It has the following properties: 1. R ∞∞ f ( t ) δ ( t t ) dt = f ( t ). 2. L ( δ ( t t )) = e st . (So in particular, L ( δ ( t )) = 1.) 3. L ( f ( t ) δ ( t t )) = f ( t ) e st . Note: The second and third properties follow immediately from the first. Convolutions: The convolution of f and g is the function ( f * g )( t ) given by ( f * g )( t ) = Z t f ( t τ ) g ( τ ) dτ = Z t f ( τ ) g ( t τ ) dτ. The importance of the convolution here is due to the following result: L ( f * g ) = L ( f ) L ( g ) , or L 1 ( FG ) = L 1 ( F ) * L 1 ( G ) . This means that, for the ODE y 00 + by + cy = δ ( t ) , y (0) = y (0) = 0 , Y ( s ) = 1 s 2 + bs + c This special Y , which is the reciprocal of the characteristic polynomial, is denoted...
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This note was uploaded on 05/23/2008 for the course MATH 220 taught by Professor Lerner during the Spring '08 term at Kansas.
 Spring '08
 LERNER
 Differential Equations, Equations

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