The Laplace transform is a widely used integral transform (transformation of functions by integrals), similar to the Fourier transform.

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Physical interpretation of Laplace transforms

One may define the derivative of $f$ at $x$ as $\lim\limits_{h\to0}\cdots\cdots\cdots$ etc., and show that that has certain properties, but it also has a "physical" interpretation: it is an ...
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The Laplace transform of $\frac{\ln(1+at)}{1+t}$

By expressing the square of the exponential integral as a double integral and then making a change of variables, one can show $$ \int_{0}^{\infty} e^{-2zt} \ \frac{\ln(1+2t)}{1+t} \, dt = \frac{e^{2z} ...
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Complex contour integral: How does the stationary point method used in this case?

I was reading a paper which has the following integral in order to do the inverse Laplace transformation: $$ I=\frac{1}{2\pi i}\int_{-i\infty+\gamma}^{i\infty+\gamma} ...
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Inverse Laplace Transform as Bromwich Integral

I am seeking a references that provide a rigorous treatment of the inverse Laplace transform (Bromwich integrals), and how to compute them (beyond using tabled solutions - they don't cover my needs, ...
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Integration Around Part of a Branch Cut

I am studying the integral, given by a Laplace transform, $$\int_0^\infty\!e^{-\alpha x}\sinh^{-2/3}x\left(1+\frac 12\sinh^2x\right)^{-1/6}\left(1-\beta\sinh^{4/3}x\right)^{1/2}\,\mathrm dx$$ From ...
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Is the Laplace transform a vector space isomorphism? And what space is it isomorphic to?

The laplace transform is a linear transformation, $\mathcal{L}: \mathcal{M} \rightarrow?$, where $\mathcal{M}$ is the set of exponentially bounded functions on $\mathbb{R},$since ...
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Relationship Between The Z-Transform And The Laplace Transform

Below I've quoted Wikipedia's entry that relates the Z-Transform to the Laplace Transform. The part I don't understand is $z \ \stackrel{\mathrm{def}}{=}\ e^{s T}$; I thought $z$ was actually an ...
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the continuity theorem with respect to Laplace transform

Let $(\mu_n)_{n\in\mathbb{N}}$ be a sequence of probability measures on $\mathbb{N}$, such that the Laplace transform $\phi_n(\lambda)=\int e^{-\lambda x}\mu_n(dx)$ converges pointwise to a limit ...
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What are origins of the Laplace variable $s$

When I learnt the Laplace Transform I was just told the very standard formula that: $F(s) = \int_{-\infty}^{\infty}f(t) e^{-st} dt$. From this we went on to the table of transforms at its properties ...
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Laplace transform of inverse error function

I want to calculate the convolution of a function with the inverse error function. Therefore I chose to try to first find an integral transform of the inverse error function like the laplace ...
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Asymptotics of Laplace transform at minus infinity

I am interested in relating the asymptotic behavior of a function $f(t)$ for large values of $t$ with the asymptotic behavior of its Laplace transform $\hat{f}(s)$ for small values of $s$. In practice ...
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For what types of differential equations is the Laplace transform most effective?

I'm reviewing for a final exam and want to make sure I know what tools to use for what situations, and was just wondering if there were situations where the Laplace transform is unusable or less ...
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Solving second order nonhomogeneous differential equation with non-constant coefficients using Laplace Transform

$ty''(t) + y'(t) -ty(t)= tf(t)$ How to solve the problem using Laplace Transform? Using Laplace transform I got $$Y(s)= C(s^2-a^2)^{-1/2} + (s^2-a^2)^{-1/2}\int (s^2-a^2)^{-1/2}F(s)\,ds$$ where ...
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Probability proof of inversion formula for Lapalce transform

Let $f:[0, \infty[\longrightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be bounded and continuous and define $L(\lambda)=\int_0^\infty e^{-\lambda x}f(x)dx$. Let $X_n$ be a sequence of independent random variables with ...
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Wave Equation with outgoing wave boundary conditions

I need some help with this problem: I have a to solve the wave equation with two initial conditions and with outgoing wave boundary conditions; i.e., $$\begin{cases} u_{tt}-u_{xx} & =0\\ u(x,0) ...
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Translated Laplace transform

Is there any way to rewrite the Laplace transform is such a way that that one can apply to an IVP not centred at zero, that is, at some $y^{(n)}(a_n) = b_n$ for $n\in\mathbb{N}$ and $a_n ...
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Regarding the unilateral Laplace transform of LTI systems

Consider an LTI system described by the following differential equation, $$ \sum_{k=0}^{N}a_k\frac{d}{dt^k}y(t) = \sum_{k=0}^{M}b_k\frac{d}{dt^k}x(t) $$ With initial conditions, $$ y(t)|_{t=0}, ...
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Transforming Exponential to Ordinary Generating Functions

I am looking for a particular ordinary generating function, if it exists for the Associated Stirling Numbers of the second kind $$b(1;n,j)=b(n,j)=\sum_{k=0}^j(-1)^k\binom{n}{k}S(n-k,j-k)$$ Where ...
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How to find Laplace transform of a differential equation?

$y′′ + 3y′ + 2y = f$ , $y(0) = 0$ , $y′(0) = 1$ where $f$ is given by $f(t) = \sum_{n=1}^\infty \delta(t−n)$; find a 1-periodic function $y_*$ with $\lim_{t\rightarrow \infty} |y(t)−y_*(t)| = 0$. I ...
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Solution of 1d wave equation by Laplace transform

This is a homework problem that I can almost finish. I just can't invert the Laplace transform at the end. $$u_{xx}=u_{tt}, u(t=0)=u_t(t=0)=0, u(x=0)=\sin\omega t, u(x=2)=0.$$ Taking the Laplace ...
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The inverse Laplace transform of an entire function

A simple calculation shows that the Laplace transform of $f(t)=e^{-t^2/4}$ is the function $F(p)=\sqrt{\pi}e^{p^2}\operatorname{erfc}(p)$. I would like to find the inverse Laplace transform of ...
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Laplace transform on a finite interval $f(t)= \int_0^1 e^{-xt} f(x) \, dx$

What is the name of this transform? It's basically the Laplace transform where we integrate over a finite interval. $$ F(t)= \int_0^1 e^{-xt} f(x) \, dx$$ Is it still just the Laplace transform? ...
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Origin of Laplace Transform

Is the Laplace transform the continuous version of the infinite power series? $$ \sum_{n=0}^\infty a_nx^n$$ becomes $$\int_0^\infty f(t)e^{-st}dt$$ I learned this by watching this video lecture: ...
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Inverse Laplace Transform of a complicated function

Help with finding the inverse Laplace Transform of $$F(s) = \frac{1}{s\sqrt{M^{2}-s^{2}}}e^{\frac{\sqrt{N^{2}-s^{2}}}{s}}$$
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Taking Laplace-Stieltjes transform to find virtual idle time in G/M/1 queue

I am reviewing some queueing problems from Gross and Harris, and had a question on problem 5.40 part b. The problem is stated as follows: Part B: Show that the stationary output of a $ G/M/1 $ queue ...
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The inverse laplace transform of $p^{-3/2}e^{-\sqrt{pa}}(\cos(\sqrt{ap})+\sin(\sqrt{ap}))$ can be written in Fresnel integrals?

I used the Residue theorem to solve this problem. But, I could not obtain the solution given by $$\mathscr{L}^{-1}\left( { p^{-3/2}e^{-\sqrt{pa}}\over{2\sqrt{2}}} [\cos(\sqrt{ap})+\sin(\sqrt{ap})] ...
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Boundary integral method to solve Poisson equation

Suggest how to solve Poisson equation \begin{equation} σ ∇^2 V = - I δ(x-x_s) δ(y-y_s) δ(z-z_s) \nonumber \end{equation} by using the boundary integration method to calculate the potential ...
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Laplace Transform of the Wave Equation

I am given a damped wave equation $u_{tt}(t,x)+2u_t(t,x)=u_{xx}(t,x); \forall t>0$ Now I know the laplace transform of this given the initial conditions, $u(0,x)=\sin x, u_t(0,x)=0;$ is ...
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Laplace transform to describe a bounded function

It is easy to show that if a real function $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ is contained in a strip $[a,b]$, that is if $\forall_{x}\, a\le f(x)\le b$, then its Laplace transform is bouned by ...
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Laplace transformation of $\frac{\cos x}{x}$

How would you find the laplace transformation of $\frac{\cos x}{x}$? Like I know you need to add it to another transformation to solve for it. And I know that the transformation of $\cos x$ is ...
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Existence of the Laplace Transform

I'm seeing Laplace transforms for the first time, and I'm having trouble understanding the criteria for deciding when they exist. I've read a few websites and books that seem to say that we only ...
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How Heaviside step function changes limits of integration

This question involves the Laplace transform of the convolution of two functions. The derivation in my textbook has a step that really confuses me. First I'll lay out their argument. $$ f(t) = f_1(t) ...
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Periodic Laplace transform

Here's the questions and the graph I've been struggling with this since Thursday and this is due today. I need help on problems a and b. For a, the question is: "Write $f(t) = \sum_{n=0}^\infty ...
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Criteria for $L^1$ convergence looking at Laplace transforms

Let $(X_n)_{n \geq 0}$ be a sequence of integrable ($\mathbb{E} |X_n| < \infty$) random variables and denote by $l_n(t)$ the Laplace transforms of $X_n$. Similarly, let $X$ be a r.v. and $l(t)$ ...
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Find the inverse laplace transform: $\frac{1}{{{{({s^2} + 1)}^3}}}$

Find the inverse Laplace transform: $$x(t) = {L^{ - 1}}\left[ {\frac{1}{{{{({s^2} + 1)}^3}}}} \right]$$ with $x(t=0)=0$. I did: $${\left[ {{\mathop{\rm R}\nolimits} {\rm{es}}\frac{{{e^{st}}{{(s - ...
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Continuity of the inverse Laplace Transform

If I know $Y(s)$, can I predict when $\mathscr{L}^{-1}[Y(s)]=y(t)$ will be continuous or continuously differentiable or even stronger conditions? For example; I'm solving an ODE with the Laplace ...
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Laplace transform of the square root of a generic function

Let $f(t)$ be a function (for example of time $t$). Is there a general expression of the laplace transform of $\sqrt{f(t)}$ ? Same question for the inverse Laplace transform : Let $f(s)$ be the ...
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The Laplace transform of $\exp(t^2)$

A naive attempt to calculate the Laplace transform of the function $f(t)=e^{t^2}$ results in integrals of the form $$\int_0^\infty e^{t^2-st}dt,$$ which obviously don't exist as the integrand grows ...
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Solving initial value problem using Laplace transforms, one other method, and comparing results

So for my solution using characteristic equations I get (fixed a typo for first coefficient) $$\frac{11}{30} e^{-3t} - \frac{21}{20} e^{-2t} + \frac{21}{20} e^{2t} - \frac{11}{30} e^{3t}$$ For the ...
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Evaluating the inverse Laplace transform of $1/(s^2-\sum_{n=1}^\infty{n!s^{3-n}x^n})$

I want to evaluate at $t=1$ the inverse Laplace Transform $\mathcal{L}^{-1}\{F(s)\}\vert_{t=1}$ of $$ F(s) = \frac{1}{s^2-\sum\limits_{n=1}^\infty{n!s^{3-n}x^n}} $$ and find out the $x^n$ ...
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Fourier transform from Laplace transform

So what I did was Laplace transform $f(t)$ to $F(s)$ and then plug in $s=jw$. However, when I tried this for $cos(3t)$, $$F(jw)={jw\over9-w^2}$$ was the answer. I don't know if this is correct, and ...
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Solve pde using laplace?

I have to solve the following pde using Laplace transforms: $xw_x + w_t= xt$ i.c: w(x,0)= 0 Firstly, transforming the above wrt t, i get: $\bar{w_x} + s\bar{w}/x = 1/s^2$ But, in the textbook, the ...
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How to apply the laplace transform to this second order ODE?

Can I apply the Laplace transform on a the following second order nonlinear PDE? $$ \frac{\partial y}{\partial t}=\frac{\partial^2 y^n}{\partial x^2}$$ where $n$ is a natural number? I mean apply the ...
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Show that $\forall n\in \mathbb{N}$, the funtion $e^{-x^n}$ is of exponential order and its Laplace transform exists on $[0,\infty)$

Show that $\forall n\in \mathbb{N}$, the funtion $e^{-x^n}$ is of exponential order and its Laplace transform exists on $[0,\infty)$ So we need to show that $e^{-sx} |f(x)|$ converges to show that it ...
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Solving IVP using Laplace Transform

Let $$g(t) =\begin{cases} t & \text{if $t \leq6π$} \\ 6\pi & \text{if $t>6\pi$} \end{cases} $$ Solve $y''+ 16y = g(t)$ where $y(0) = 9$ and $y'(0) = 4$ using Laplace transforms. I got ...
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inverse laplace tranform

I have a simple question, There are some functions f(t), g(t) and lets say F(s) and G(s) for the form of Laplace transform of f(t) and g(t), respectively. While I am solving differential equation ...
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Show that s * exp (- s * inf) = 0 ? (s complex)

Reading on control theory and the Laplace transform of the unit step function, I came upon the following in my textbook. The Laplace transform defined as: $$Y(s)=\int_{0}^{\infty}y(t)e^{-st}dt$$ s ...
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Laplace transform of a linear input vs output line?

I think my intuition of the Laplace transform and transfer functions is broken. Suppose I have a linear function which relates two quantities r to x as such: $$ r(x) = -100x + 25 $$ i.e. a ...
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Different proofs of uniqueness of the Laplace transform

How many different types of proof do you know for the so-called Lerch's theorem, i.e., uniqueness of the Laplace transform? I have found the following references for proofs. New books, in general, do ...
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Inverse Laplace transform of $ \frac{7s-6}{s^2-s-6}$

IT is asked to find the inverse Laplace transformation of $$\frac{7s-6}{s^2-s-6}$$ Writing it with partial fractions $$\frac{7s-6}{s^2-s-6} =\frac{4}{s+2}+\frac{3}{s-3}$$ Ive found that the ...