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I have a problem with the following exercise. I don't really have an idea where to start. I'm glad about every help. So here is the exercise:

Suppose $f\colon R \to R$ is a function in $L^1(R)$ (i.e integrable function). Show that $$\lim_{n \to \infty}\int f(x)\sin(nx)dx=0.$$

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Orange you glad Arturo fixed your title? –  Cam McLeman Dec 14 '11 at 20:19
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The question does not make sense as written: $\int f(x)\sin(nx)\,dx$ is a family of functions; what does it mean for the family of functions to "go to zero"? –  Arturo Magidin Dec 14 '11 at 20:19
    
Did you mean $\sin( \frac{x}{n})$? –  Rudy the Reindeer Dec 14 '11 at 20:20
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obviously $\int_a^b\sin(nx)dx\to0$. now approximate $f$ by simple functions (see planetmath.org/encyclopedia/RiemannLebesgueLemma.html) –  yoyo Dec 14 '11 at 20:30

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I'll assume you want to take definite integrals over $\Bbb R$ (see Arturo's comment).

Given $\epsilon>0$, there is an $M$ such that $\int_{[-M,M]^c} |f(x)\sin(nx)|<\epsilon$ for all positive integers $n$. From this, it follows that you need only show that $\lim\limits_{n\rightarrow\infty}\int_{-M}^M f(x)\sin(nx) =0 $ for any fixed $M$.

To do this, you can appeal to the theorem cited by yoyo in the comments; or, you can use the hints in this very similar post

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Here's an answer assuming that you meant to write $\sin \left( \frac{x}{n}\right)$:

You can use the Lebesgue dominated convergence theorem:

You have $|f(x) \sin(\frac{x}{n})| \leq |f(x)|$ which you know is integrable hence you can swap the limit and the integral:

$$ \lim_{n \to \infty} \int f(x) \sin (\frac{x}{n})\ dx = \int f(x) \lim_{n \to \infty} \sin (\frac{x}{n})\ dx = \int f(x) \cdot 0\ dx = 0.$$

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