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Unformatted text preview: Lecture S19 Muddiest Points General Comments Today, we began our discussion of sampling theory. We found that if we sample a bandlimited signal at more than twice its bandwidth, then we can reconstruct the signal exactly. That’s great, because it tells us how to design systems, such as CD players, that faithfully reproduce the original signal. Responses to MuddiestPartoftheLecture Cards (13 cards) 1. I’m going to be honest — what is a Fourier transform? How does it differ from Laplace, and when do we use Fourier? I should understand by now, but I don’t get it. (1 students) At the most basic level, a FT is the same as a LT when the signal (say, g ( t )) is stable. When g ( t ) is unstable, there is no FT, although there may be a LT. However, for some signals (such as sinusoids), there is, strictly speaking, no FT or LT, because there is no region of convergence for which the LT converges. However, we can define a FT, if we do so carefully, in a limiting sense. This is good, because many signals of interest in communications (such as sinusoids) could not be analyzed by transform methods otherwise. 2. Basically with CDs, you’re saying we sample at twice the rate of the signal, so we know the entire signal, because it’s linear? [There is a figure that basically...
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