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I want to know what the prerequisites are for fully grasping Fourier analysis, and some free pdfs and such to help me with it (no videos, actual paper I can print and read/ make exercises at school).

I am asking this because I remember that I asked my math teacher when I was 13 what the prereqs were for linear algebra and he gave me a really intimidating list involving advanced calculus and such, and I decided to just continue playing video games. Then last year (at 16) I decided I was competent enough at Halo and I just started doing linear algebra and it was really easy; I didn't need anything advanced at all, and anything I needed I just learned along the way. My teacher basically misinformed me.

So, will I need calculus? For some reason I dread having the selfstudy calculus, everything I already know about it bores me and it is just so much.

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You definitely need calculus. – Euler....IS_ALIVE Apr 6 '13 at 18:27
Will you need calculus? I'd say you will...and a lot: at least 1 whole year university level, and if you want to gett really deep into it you'll also need linear algebra and complex analysis. – DonAntonio Apr 6 '13 at 18:27
Fourier analysis. Download "course reader" and see if you can follow the discussion. There are also video lectures, assignments and solutions. – Artem Apr 6 '13 at 18:31
@Euler....IS_ALIVE My god why do I hate calculus so much – Fourier Apr 6 '13 at 18:31
Now there is no way to escape calculus. – user60610 Apr 6 '13 at 18:32

Here you have the link to MIT open courseware on Fourier Series. There is lots of material. But as it has been mentioned you need Calculus. And to understand properly what you are doing you need also Real Analysis.


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You'll need Single Variable Calculus and be comfortable working with sums, infinite and finite.

Here are some lecture notes from one of my professors that may be of use to you.

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