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Periodic Functions and Fourier Series

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Periodic Functions and Fourier Series

A function

is periodic

if it is defined for all real

such that

and if there is some positive number,

.

be a periodic function with period

The function can be represented by a trigonometric series as:

What kind of trigonometric (series) functions are we talking about?

and

.

We want to determine the coefficients,

Let us first remember some useful integrations.

for all values of m.

Determine

to

Integrate both sides of (1) from

is the average (dc) value of the

function,

.

to

instead.

You may integrate both sides of (1) from

It is alright as long as the integration is performed over one period.

Determine

Multiply (1) by

to

and then Integrate both sides from

First term,

Second term,

Let us do the integration on the right-hand-side one term at a time.

Second term,

Third term,

Therefore,

Determine

Multiply (1) by

to

and then Integrate both sides from

First term,

Second term,

Let us do the integration on the right-hand-side one term at a time.

Second term,

Third term,

Therefore,

The coefficients are:

We can write n in place of m:

The integrations can be performed from

to

instead.

Example 1. Find the Fourier series of the following periodic function.

Therefore, the corresponding Fourier series is

In writing the Fourier series we may not be able to consider infinite number of terms for practical reasons. The question therefore, is – how many terms to consider?

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When we consider 4 terms as shown in the previous slide, the function looks like the following.

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When we consider 6 terms, the function looks like the following.

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When we consider 8 terms, the function looks like the following.

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When we consider 12 terms, the function looks like the following.

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The red curve was drawn with 12 terms and the blue curve was drawn with 4 terms.

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The red curve was drawn with 12 terms and the blue curve was drawn with 4 terms.

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The red curve was drawn with 20 terms and the blue curve was drawn with 4 terms.

Even and Odd Functions

(We are not talking about even or odd numbers.)

Mathematically speaking -

Even Functions

The value of the function would be the same when we walk equal distances along the X-axis in opposite directions.

Mathematically speaking -

Odd Functions

The value of the function would change its sign but with the same magnitude when we walk equal distances along the X-axis in opposite directions.

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Even functions can solely be represented by cosine waves because, cosine waves are even functions. A sum of even functions is another even function.

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Odd functions can solely be represented by sine waves because, sine waves are odd functions. A sum of odd functions is another odd function.

The Fourier series of an even function

is expressed in terms of a cosine series.

The Fourier series of an odd function

is expressed in terms of a sine series.

Example 2. Find the Fourier series of the following periodic function.

Use integration by parts. Details are shown in your class note.

This is an even function.

Therefore,

The corresponding Fourier series is

Functions Having Arbitrary Period

w is the angular velocity in radians per second.

f is the frequency of the periodic function,

where

Therefore,

Now change the limits of integration.

Example 4. Find the Fourier series of the following periodic function.

This is an odd function. Therefore,

Use integration by parts.

when n is even.

Therefore, the Fourier series is

The Complex Form of Fourier Series

Let us utilize the Euler formulae.

th harmonic component of (1) can be

The

expressed as:

,

and

Denoting

The Fourier series for

can be expressed as:

The coefficients can be evaluated in the following manner.

Note that

is the complex conjugate of

.

Hence we may write that

.

The complex form of the Fourier series of

with period

is:

Example 1. Find the Fourier series of the following periodic function.