With the help of formulas 81 80 and 64 in the table

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Unformatted text preview: in the Table of Integrals, it’s not hard to show that y sin n x cos m x d x y cos n x cos m x d x 0 for all n and m 0 for n for n m m So the only nonzero term in (4) is am and we get y f x cos m x d x am Solving for am , and then replacing m by n, we have 5 an 1 y f x cos n x d x n 1, 2, 3, . . . Similarly, if we multiply both sides of Equation 2 by sin m x and integrate from we get 6 bn 1 y f x sin n x d x n to , 1, 2, 3, . . . We have derived Formulas 3, 5, and 6 assuming f is a continuous function such that Equation 2 holds and for which the term-by-term integration is legitimate. But we can still consider the Fourier series of a wider class of functions: A piecewise continuous function on a, b is continuous except perhaps for a finite number of removable or jump discontinuities. (In other words, the function has no infinite discontinuities. See Section 2.4 for a discussion of the different types of discontinuities.) FOURIER SERIES ■ 3 7 Definition Let f be a piecewise continuous function on Fourier series of f is the series a0 a n cos n x , . Then the bn sin n x n1 where the coefficients an and bn in this series are defined by 1 2 a0 1 an y y f x cos n x d x f x dx 1 bn y f x sin n x d x and are called the Fourier coefficients of f . Notice in Definition 7 that we are not saying f x is equal to its Fourier series. Later we will discuss conditions under which that is actually true. For now we are just saying that associated with any piecewise continuous function f on , is a certain series called a Fourier series. EXAMPLE 1 Find the Fourier coefficients and Fourier series of the square-wave function f defined by 0 if 1 if 0 fx x 0 and x fx 2 fx So f is periodic with period 2 and its graph is shown in Figure 1. y ■ ■ Engineers use the square-wave function in describing forces acting on a mechanical system and electromotive forces in an electric circuit (when a switch is turned on and off repeatedly). Strictly speaking, the graph of f is as shown in Figure 1(a), but i...
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course MATH 41 taught by Professor Bray,c during the Spring '08 term at Duke.

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