Questions on Fourier series, the expansion of a function in terms of basis functions that satisfy an orthogonality relation. Usually, complex exponentials or sines and cosines are used.

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Computing $\zeta(6)=\sum\limits_{k=1}^\infty \frac1{k^6}$ with Fourier series.

Let $ f$ be a function such that $ f\in C_{2\pi}^{0}(\mathbb{R},\mathbb{R}) $ (f is $2\pi$-periodic) such that $ \forall x \in [0,\pi]$: $$f(x)=x(\pi-x)$$ Computing the Fourier series of $f$ and ...
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Proof of $\frac{1}{e^{\pi}+1}+\frac{3}{e^{3\pi}+1}+\frac{5}{e^{5\pi}+1}+\ldots=\frac{1}{24}$

I would like to prove that $\displaystyle\sum_{\substack{n=1\\n\text{ odd}}}^{\infty}\frac{n}{e^{n\pi}+1}=\frac1{24}$. I found a solution by myself 10 hours after I posted it, here it is: $$f(x)=\...
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Calculate the Fourier transform of $b(x) =\frac{1}{x^2 +a^2}$ [closed]

I need help to calculate the Fourier transform of this funcion $$b(x) =\frac{1}{x^2 +a^2}\,,\qquad a > 0$$ Thanks.
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an example of a continuous function whose Fourier series diverges at a dense set of points

Please give me a link to a reference for an example of a continuous function whose Fourier series diverges at a dense set of points. (given by Du Bois-Reymond). I couldn't find this in Wikipedia.
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Difference between Fourier series and Fourier transformation

Whats the difference between Fourier transformations and Fourier Series? As I've been working with Fourier Series in my maths lectures yet a friend of mine also doing engineering has been working with ...
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Scaling property of Fourier series and Fourier Transform

This question about the intuition behind the scaling property of the Fourier transform made me wonder about the corresponding notion for a Fourier series. The Fourier transform of $f(ax)$ is $\frac{1}...
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Complex Fourier series

I need to find the complex Fourier series of this function, and I'm having problems calculating these integers: $$|a|<1$$ $$x\in [-\pi,\pi]$$ $$f(x)=\frac{1-a\cos(x)}{1-2a\cos(x)+a^2}$$ $$a_0=\...
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The Fourier series $\sum_{n=1}^\infty (1/n)\cos nx$

The series $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{\sin nx}{n}$$ is the Fourier series of the odd $2\pi$-periodic extension of $(\pi-x)/2, 0<x<\pi$. My question is : $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{\cos nx}{n}$$ ...
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Conceptual/Graphical understanding of the Fourier Series.

I've been reading about how the Fourier Series works, so like how the orthogonality cancels out all but the one that we're looking for. I've read derivations of the Fourier Series. What I would like ...
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Evaluate $\sum^\infty_{n=1} \frac{1}{n^4} $using Parseval's theorem (Fourier series)

Evaluate $\sum^\infty_{n=1} \frac{1}{n^4} $using Parseval's theorem (Fourier series). I have , somehow, to find the sum of $\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{n^4}$ using Parseval's theorem. I tried some ...
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Fourier Analysis

I am interested in Fourier Analysis. But I don't get why the coefficients are choosen that way and why the Fourier series will converge to a given function? Can someone provide me simple information ...
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$S(x)=\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}a_n \sin(nx) $, $a_n$ is monotonic decreasing $a_n\to 0$: Show uniformly converges within $[\epsilon, 2\pi - \epsilon]$

$S(x)=\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}a_n \sin(nx) $, $a_n$ is monotonic decreasing $a_n\to 0$, when ${n \to \infty}$. I need to prove that for every $\epsilon >0$, the series is uniformly converges within $[\...
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Wave equation with initial and boundary conditions - is this function right?

If $y(x,t)$ satisfies the 1-dimensional wave equation $$\frac{\partial^2y}{\partial t^2}=c^2\frac{\partial^2y}{\partial x^2}\quad\text{for }0\leq x \leq l$$ with boundary conditions \begin{align}...
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Convergence of: $\sum\limits_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{(-1)^{n+1}\sin(nx)}{n}$

Need help with checking: $\sum\limits_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{(-1)^{n+1}\sin(nx)}{n}$ for point-wise convergence and uniform convergence of: ${-\pi} \leq x \leq {\pi}$.
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Inverse Fourier transform to find out $\hat c_1$

If we have an integration which is need to solve inversely $$a_0 e^{-r^2/R^2} = \int_0^\infty \hat{c}_1(k) \frac{\sin(k r)}{r} dk,$$ If I transform the $\sin(kr)$, then we get imaginary part. Please ...
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Why does $\sum_{k=1}^{\infty}\dfrac{{\sin(k)}}{k}={\dfrac{\pi-1}{2}}$?

Inspired by this question (and far more straightforward, I am guessing), Mathematica tells us that $$\sum_{k=1}^{\infty}\dfrac{{\sin(k)}}{k}$$ converges to $\dfrac{\pi-1}{2}$. Presumably, this can ...
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Singular asymptotics of Gaussian integrals with periodic perturbations

At the bottom of page 5 of this paper by Giedrius Alkauskas it is claimed that, for a $1$-periodic continuous function $f$, $$ \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} f(x) e^{-Ax^2}\,dx = \sqrt{\frac{\pi}{A}} \int_0^...
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How many ways to calculate: $\sum_{n=-\infty}^{+\infty}\frac{1}{(u+n)^2}$ where $u \not \in \Bbb{Z}$

Today I have encounter a series: $$\sum_{n=-\infty}^{+\infty}\frac{1}{(u+n)^2}=\frac{\pi^2}{(\sin \pi u)^2}$$ where $u \not \in \Bbb{Z}$ . I have known a method to computer it (by Residue formula): $$...
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Use Fourier series for computing $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{(2n-1)^2}$

I need to compute Fourier series for the following function: $f(x)=\frac{-\pi}{4} $ for $-\pi \leq x <0$, and $\frac{\pi}{4} $ for $ 0 \leq x \leq \pi$, and then to use it and compute $\sum_{n=1}^{...
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How does knowing a function as even or odd help in integration ??

So, I am learning Fourier Series and it involves integration. I am not too good at integration. Now, the resource I use is videos by Dr. Chris Tisdell. In the ...
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Pointwise but not uniform convergence of a Fourier series

What is an example of a continuous, or even better, differentiable, $2\pi$ (or 1) periodic function whose Fourier series converges pointwise but not uniformly? (Such function cannot be of Hölder ...
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If square waves are square integrable, why doesn't fourier expanding work?

If square waves are square integrable, then why does expanding on a fourier basis not recover the equation?
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Calculate $\sum\limits_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{a\cos(nx)}{a^2+n^2}$

I have to calculate $\sum\limits_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{a\cos(nx)}{a^2+n^2}$ for $x\in(0,2\pi)$. I have used the function $f(x)=e^{ax}$ and I have calculated the Fourier coefficients which are: $$a_0=\...
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Asymptotic error of Fourier series partial sum of sawtooth function

In Iwaniec's book, Topics in Classical Automorphic Forms, pg. 4, he gives the statement: $$\{x\}=\frac{1}{2}-\sum_{n=1}^N\frac{\sin 2\pi nx}{\pi n}+O((1+||x||N)^{-1})$$ where $\{x\}$ denotes the ...
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Prove Parseval Identity for $f \in C(\Bbb T) 2\pi$ periodic continuous functions

Question: Prove Parseval Identity for $f \in C(\Bbb T) $ $2\pi$ periodic continuous functions $$ \frac{1}{2 \pi} \int_{-\pi}^\pi |f(x)|^2 dx =\sum_{n=-\infty}^\infty |\hat f(n)|^2 $$ Thoughts: We ...
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Parseval's Identity (Integral)

Calculate the integral: \begin{equation} \int_{-\pi}^{\pi}\left|\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{2^{n}}e^{inx}\right|^{2}dx\end{equation} I'm familiar with Parseval's identity which states that for each ...
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Real world application of Fourier series

What are some real world applications of Fourier series? Particularly the complex Fourier integrals?
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Why is $\sum_{n=-\infty}^{\infty}\exp(-(x+n)^2)$ “almost” constant?

I did some numerical approximation of $$\sum_{n=-\infty}^\infty \exp(-(x+n)^2)$$ and found that this function is "almost" constant ($\approx 1.772$). Why does the sum fluctuate little? Is there a ...
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Why is this allowed? (“Fourier's Trick”; finding the coefficients in a Fourier Series)

In my textbook (Introduction to Electrodynamics, D. Griffiths), we derive the equation for some strange potential function. Eventually, we get to this (for $n \in \mathbb{Z}^+$): $$ V_0(y) = \sum_{n=...
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Generalized Fourier series in $L^2$ that do not converge pointwise a.e.

For a Hilbert space $L^2$ we have the notion of an orthonormal basis $\{f_j\}$ being a sequence of orthonormal elements such that any element $f$ in $L^2$ can be approximated by partial sums in terms ...
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Fourier Series of $f(x) = x$

I am having trouble finding the complex Fourier series of $f(x) = x$ and using that complex series to find 1)the real Fourier series of $f(x)$ and 2) the complex and real Fourier series of $h(x) = x^2$...
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Can any continous,bounded function have a fourier series?

In particular,can an oscillatory function with some decay term ( i.e e^(-t)*cos(kt) have a fourier series representation? All the articles I read said that the function has to be periodic,but this one ...
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Cesaro summable implies that $c_{n}/n$ goes to $0$

Theorem. If $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}c_{n}$ is Cesaro summable, then $c_{n}/n$ tends to $0$. How to prove it?
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Given a Fourier series $f(x)$: What's the difference between the value the expansion takes for given $x$ and the value it converges to for given $x$?

The question given to me was: Find the Fourier series for $f(x) = e^x$ over the range $-1\lt x\lt 1$ and find what value the expansion will have when $x = 2$? The Fourier series for $f(x)=e^x$ is $$f(...
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Differentiability and decay of magnitude of fourier series coefficients

I want to know the answer/references for the question on decay of Fourier series coefficients and the differentiability of a function. Does the magitude of fourier series coefficients {$a_k$} of a ...
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fourier expansion of $\coth$ and justifying an identity

The problem: Justify the following equalities: $$\cot x = i\coth (ix) = i \sum^\infty_{n=-\infty} \frac{ix}{(ix)^2+(n\pi)^2}=\sum^\infty_{n=-\infty}\frac{x}{x^2+(n\pi)^2}$$ I am trying to figure ...
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log sin and log cos integral, maybe relate to fourier series

I try to use the method of differentiation under integral sign for the first one And integrate it back, but I failed to find the constant $c$ .... Anyone hav other method? $$\begin{align} & \...
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Closed form of a series (dilogarithm)

We are all aware of the dilogarithm function (Spence's function): $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{x^n}{n^2}, \;\; x \in (-\infty, 1]$$ Also it is known that: $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{\cos n x}{n^2}= ...
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An integral that might be related to the modified Bessel function of second kind

It is known that the modified Bessel Function $K_z(a)$ ($a>0$)can be expressed as a Fourier transform $$K_z(a)=\frac{1}{2}\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}\exp(-a\cosh t)\cosh(zt){\rm d}t=K_{-z}(a)$$ Can ...
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Fourier series of $\sqrt{1 - k^2 \sin^2{t}}$

I'm struggling with a Fourier series. I need to find the Fourier series of the following function. That's the function under study: $f(t)=\left[\sqrt{1-k^2\sin^2t}\,\right]$. The function ...
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Evaluate $ \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{\sin \ n}{ n } $ using the fourier series

I am a beginner with Fourier series and I have to evaluate the sum $$\sum_{n =1}^{\infty}{\sin\left(n\right) \over n}$$ I don't know which function I have to take to evaluate the fourier series ......
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Roots of a finite Fourier series?

In general, are there any clever tricks to help find the roots of a finite Fourier series? Presumably there aren't analytic methods, but can we use the fact that our function is a finite Fourier ...
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A function and its Fourier transform cannot both be compactly supported

I am stuck on the following problem from Stein and Shakarchi's third book. I can't figure out how to use the hint productively. Once I know $f$ is a trigonometric polynomial, I see how to finish the ...
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Series expansion of $\coth x$ using the Fourier transform

Hi I have research about the series of coth but all of the solutions emerges from integral on a contour, Could you calculate the fourier transform of coth? Is that possible at all?My goal is to reach :...
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Absolute convergence of Fourier series of a Hölder continuous function

Suppose that $f$ is $2 \pi$ periodic and Hölder continuous of order $\alpha > 1/2$. Show that the Fourier series of $f$ converges absolutely. So we know that $f(x+2 \pi t) = f(x)$ for all $t \in \...
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Fourier Series and epicycles - How to extract the radii and angular velocities from the Fourier Series expansion of a function.

NOTE: I am attaching Mathematica code for those who may want to check it out and understand what I'm asking for. The rest of the question is pretty mathematical in nature, I'll also try the ...
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Riemann Lebesgue Lemma Clarification

If $f$ is continuous real-valued function, does the Riemann Lebesgue Lemma give us that $\int_{m}^k f(x) e^{-inx}\,dx \rightarrow 0\text{ as } n\rightarrow \infty$ for all $m\le k$? Specifically, is ...
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Prove that the function $\xi\in R \mapsto {e^{i\cdot \xi\cdot λ}-1\over i\cdot \xi}-λ$ is $C^{\infty}$ [closed]

Prove that the following function is $C^\infty$ in the point $\xi=0$: $$f:\Bbb R\to\Bbb C:\xi\mapsto {e^{i\cdot\xi\cdot λ}-1\over i\cdot\xi}-λ$$ Any ideas how to prove this? I am trying to think ...
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Fourier cosine transform

Find Fourier cosine transform of $e^{-a^2 x^2}$ and hense evaluate Fourier sine transform of $x\cdot e^{-a^2x^2}$. I can solve this question only if there is $x$ instead of $x^2$ in the exponential ...
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Convergence of series of functions: $f_n(x)=u_n\sin(nx)$

Let $f_n(x)=u_n\sin(nx)$ where $\displaystyle\sum f_n$ converges pointwise, and $ \displaystyle x \mapsto \sum_{n=0}^{+\infty} f_n(x)$ is continuous. Prove that $ u_n\rightarrow 0$ when n tends ...