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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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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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: ...
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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: $$|a|<1$$ $$x\in [-\pi,\pi]$$ $$f(x)=\frac{1-a\cos(x)}{1-2a\cos(x)+a^2}$$ ...
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Calculate the Fourier transform of ${\rm b}\left(x\right) = 1/\left(x^{2} +a^{2}\right)$

I need help to calculate the Fourier transform of this funcion $${\rm b}\left(x\right)=\frac{1}{x^{2} + a^{2}}\,,\qquad a > 0$$ Thanks.
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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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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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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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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}} ...
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Fourier series of function $f(x)=0$ if $-\pi<x<0$ and $f(x)=\sin(x)$ if $0<x<\pi$

$$f(x) = \begin{cases}0 & \text{if }-\pi<x<0, \\ \sin(x) & \text{if }0<x<\pi. \end{cases}$$ My attempt: I went the route of expanding this function with a complex Fourier series. ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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Example of a trigonometric series that is not fourier series?

My textbook doesn't give any example of this kind of series. Could you provide some? Trigonometric series is defined in wikipedia as : $A_{0}+\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}(A_{n} \cos{nx} + B_{n} \sin{nx})$ ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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For a polygon on complex plane, when are the vertex 'Fourier coefficients' non-zero

Consider an $n$-sided convex polygon $P$ that contains the origin in the complex plane. Let the $j$-th vertex be denoted $z_j = r_j e^{i\theta_j}$ ($0 \leq \theta_j < 2 \pi$) for $j= 1 \dots n$. ...
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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 ...
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How to solve Real Analysis

Find the Fouries series of the function given below $$ f(x) = \lvert\cos t\rvert \quad\hbox{for all $t$}. $$ What does it means for all $x$? Can someone show me some work done so that I can ...
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One more question about decay of Fourier coefficients

Let $$f=\sum f_{s}\exp(2\pi isx)\in C^{(p-1)}[0,1]$$ and $$f^{(p)}\ in\ L_2[0,1]\ \ ( \sum\left|f_{s}\right|^{2}j^{2p}<\infty )$$ Does it imply that $f_s=O(s^{-(p+\psi)})$ for some ...
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Please check my answer to $\sum_{i=1}^n \frac{\sin{(ix)}}{i} < 2\sqrt{\pi}$

$$\sum_{i=1}^n \frac{\sin{(ix)}}{i} < 2\sqrt{\pi}$$ I have this answer, please let me know if there is a more beautiful proof. My answer: at first, we prove two inequalities: If $x\in ...
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Find the coefficients of the Fourier series that minimise the error.

I am having a little trouble understanding what I have to actually do here. What does differentiate with respect to bn? I thinks after differentiation I must use some calculus theorem about extreme ...
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Calculating own dft via matlab?

We are asked to code our own dft function from the formula : If everything is done correctly it should give the same result with matlab's own dft function, in the end I'm comparing them but they ...
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Function not satisfying pointwise convergence and Fourier series

Can you show an example of a function that does not satisfy pointwise convergence theorem hypotheses for Fourier series but that is still expressible as Fourier series? [Added after comment] In ...
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Intervals where the function is similar to the Fourier series

$$f(x)=\left\{\begin{array}{l l} 0,\quad x \in [-L,0[\\ 1,\quad x \in [0,L] \end{array}\right.$$ I need to know in which intervals the sum of the Fourier series is "equal to the function $f(x)$". ...
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Finding the Fourier series of a piecewise function

I'm s little confused about Fourier series of functions that are piecewise. Here’s an example of such a function: $$f(x) = \begin{cases} x & -\frac\pi2 < x < \frac\pi2 \\[5pt] \pi - x & ...
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How to use Parseval' s( Plancherel' s) identity?

Let $f\in L^{2} (\mathbb R)$ with $\lim_{t\to \pm \infty} f(t)=0.$ Put, $F_{n} (x)= \frac{1}{2\pi} \int_{-n}^{n}e^{itx} f(t) dt, \ (n=1,2,...).$ Fix $\alpha \in (0, \infty)$ and we define $H_{n}(x)$ ...
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Fourier-Series of a part-wise defined function?

I have a function f given as $$ f(x) = \begin{cases} ax&\text{ if }\quad-\pi \leq x \leq 0\\ bx&\text{ if }\quad 0<x\leq\pi \end{cases} $$ I am supposed to develop the fourier series of ...
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What are some real world application of fourier series?

what are some real world application 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) = ...