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Fourier Series. Floyd Maseda. What is a Fourier Series?. A Fourier series is an approximate representation of any periodic function in terms of simpler functions like sine and cosine.

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fourier series
Fourier Series
  • Floyd Maseda
what is a fourier series
What is a Fourier Series?
  • A Fourier series is an approximate representation of any periodic function in terms of simpler functions like sine and cosine.
  • The series has many applications in electrical engineering, acoustics, optics, processing, quantum mechanics, etc.
slide3
an and bn are called “Fourier coefficients” and are defined by the following equations:
  • where L is half the length of the segment being periodically (L=λ/2) repeated and f(x) is a function describing the segment.
example triangle wave
Example: Triangle Wave
  • There are two types of triangle waves: Odd waves (such as the one pictured above) and even waves. While both waves are basically the same thing, they differ slightly in what is being repeated.
  • Even waves repeat a single line while odd waves repeat a “bent” line.
slide5

EVEN WAVE

ODD WAVE

the programs
The Programs

EVEN WAVE

ODD WAVE

... DO II=1,100 DO JJ=1,50 COEFF = 2.0*CNUM - 1.0 FAC = (4.0/PI)*COS(COEFF*XX)/(COEFF**2) FUNC = FUNC + FAC CNUM = CNUM + 1.0 END DO WRITE(6,*) XX,FUNC FUNC = 0.0 CNUM = 1.0 XX = XX + 0.1 END DO...

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DO II=1,100 DO JJ=1,50 COEFF = 2.0*CNUM - 1.0 FAC = ((-1)**(CNUM+1.0))*(4.0/PI)*SIN(COEFF*XX)/(COEFF**2) FUNC = FUNC + FAC CNUM = CNUM + 1.0 END DO WRITE(6,*) XX,FUNC FUNC = 0.0 CNUM = 1.0 XX = XX + 0.1 END DO...

the output
The Output

EVEN WAVE

the output1
The Output

ODD WAVE

another example square wave
Another Example: Square Wave
  • The square wave I attempted to recreate was a representation of an analog-digital conversion of an audio signal.
alterations
Alterations
  • In order to make the square wave work, I had to make some alterations to the way I approached the wave.
  • Since the wave was neither even nor odd, I thought of it as a translation of another function. If the wave was shifted down 1/2 unit, it would work similarly to the previous two waves.
the output2
The Output

Gibbs Phenomenon:

Approximation encounters large

oscillations at jump discontinuities

in the original function.

nonlinear fourier series
Nonlinear Fourier Series
  • To demonstrate the versatility of the Fourier Series, I decided to try a non-linear function. While according to the research I did, anything plugged into the Fourier series that is a function will work, some functions are harder than others to integrate and come up with a sigma representation.
  • Trying to integrate something with a square root (semicircle, sideways parabola, etc.) is a nightmare even for WolframAlpha!
example y x 2
Example: y=x2

The derived Fourier series

summary
Summary
  • Any periodic function can be expressed as a superposition of many simple trigonometric functions
  • Most of the work involved is actually in integrating the function itself
  • Some functions are harder to integrate than others
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