Questions on periodic functions, functions $f(x)$ that satisfy the identity $f(x+c)=f(x)$, for some nonzero $c$.

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Are there periodic functions without a smallest period?

The Wikipedia page for periodic functions states that the smallest positive period $P$ of a function is called the fundamental period of the function (if it exists). I was intrigued by the condition ...
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Period of the sum/product of two functions

Suppose that period of $f(x)=T$ and period of $g(x)=S$, I am interested what is a period of $f(x) g(x)$? period of $f(x)+g(x)$? What I have tried is to search in internet, and found following link ...
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Is it possible to detect periodicity of an analytic function from its Taylor series coefficients at a point?

Given the Taylor series $\sum a_k (x - x_0)^k$ of an analytic function, it is possible to determine whether the function is periodic more-or-less directly from the coefficients $a_0, a_1, \ldots$ of ...
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$\cos(x)+\cos(x\sqrt{2})$ is not periodic

Show that the function $$f(x)=\cos(x)+\cos(x\sqrt{2})$$ is not periodic. I tried $x = a$ and $a\sqrt{2}$. I am guessing that the method of contradiction would be of some help over here. What else ...
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Is $f(x)=\sin(x^2)$ periodic?

Is the function $f:\Bbb R \rightarrow \Bbb R$ defined as $f(x)=\sin(x^2)$, for all $x\in\Bbb R$, periodic? Here's my attempt to solve this: Let's assume that it is periodic. For a function to be ...
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Reversing the process of taking the “sine of an arbitrary shape”

I'm sure we've all seen images such as the following, from wikipedia: link. They give us some nice intuition on what the sine and cosine functions are. Some people may also have seen images such as ...
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Different way to show $\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}e^{-\frac{\cosh^2(u)}{2x}}\,e^{-\frac{u^2}{2 t}}\,\cos\left(\frac{\pi\,u}{2t }\right)\,\cosh(u)\,du > 0$

I have been long time trying to prove that the following integral $$I_t(x)=\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}e^{-\frac{\cosh^2(u)}{2x}}\,e^{-\frac{u^2}{2 t}}\,\cos\left(\frac{\pi\,u}{2t }\right)\,\cosh(u)\,du,\...
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Integral of periodic function over the length of the period is the same everywhere

I am stuck on a question that involves the intergral of a periodic function. The question is phrased as follows: Definition. A function is periodic with period $a$ if $f(x)=f(x+a)$ for all $x$. ...
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Can a multiply-periodic complex function be analytic?

It's possible to construct complex periodic functions with two periods in different directions, such as $f(z) = \cos x + i \sin 2y$. That has periods $2\pi$ and $\pi i$. It's also not analytic. It'...
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Sum of two periodic functions is periodic?

I have following paragraph taken from the Stanford's study material. Question: Is the sum of two periodic functions periodic? Answer: I guess the answer is no if you are Mathematician, yes ...
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Are there functions that have $\Re(f(z))$ periodic but $f(z)$ is not periodic?

Let $f(z)$ be a function meromorphic in a simply connected convex domain $D$ (subset of the complex plane with positive area or the whole complex plane) where $z$ is a complex number. Are there such ...
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Period of $f(2x+3)+f(2x+7)=2$

I have a problem in finding the period of functions given in the form of functional equations. Q. If $f(x)$ is periodic with period $t$ such that $f(2x+3)+f(2x+7)=2$. Find $t$. ($x\in \mathbb R$) ...
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Smooth sawtooth wave $y(x)=\cos(x-\cos(x-\cos(x-\dots)))$

Consider an infinite recursive function $$y(x)=\cos(x-\cos(x-\cos(x-\dots)))$$ $$y=\cos(x-y)$$ Plotting the function $y(x)$ implicitly we get a smooth sawtooth-like wave: Was this function ...
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An integrable and periodic function $f(x)$ satisfies $\int_{0}^{T}f(x)dx=\int_{a}^{a+T}f(x)dx$.

I want to prove: For an integrable function $f(x)$ and periodic with period $T$, for every $a \in \mathbb{R}$, $$\int_{0}^{T}f(x)\;dx=\int_{a}^{a+T}f(x)\;dx.$$ I tried to change the values and ...
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Integral inequality on a periodic function

Given $f:\mathbb R\to \mathbb R^+$ continuous and periodic of period $T\geq 0$, I am asked to prove that $$\int_0^T\frac{f(x)}{f(x+\alpha)}\mathrm dx\geq T,\; \forall \alpha\in\mathbb R.$$ How does ...
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What is the periodicity of the function $\sin(ax) \cos(bx)$ where $a$ and $b$ are rationals?

So, I have a general question first. What happens to the periodicity when we multiply two periodic trig functions with one another ? The next one is very specific, what is the period of the function ...
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Real-analytic periodic $f(z)$ that has more than 50 % of the derivatives positive?

Im looking for a real-analytic function $f(z)$ such that for any $z$ $1) $$f(z+p) =f(z)$ With $p$ a nonzero real number and where $z$ is close to , or onto the real line such that $z$ is in the ...
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How do I determine if the following function is periodic?

A question in my textbook asks me to determine if the function $f(x)=\cos(3x)+\sin(x)$ is periodic. I do not believe this to be the case as the arguments of sine and cosine are different and as such ...
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|f| is periodic implied f is periodic

I can think of an example where this wouldn't hold. Take 1,-1,1,-1,-1,1,-1,-1,-1,1,-1,-1,-1,-1. But I can also prove that the statement holds. Claim: $|f|$ is periodic then $f$ is periodic Proof: ...
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How to find period of this periodic function?

How can I find a period of this function? $$2\sin{3x} + 3\sin{2x}$$ Is here any way how to sum both sinuses?
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Sturm Liouville with periodic boundary conditions

Background and motivation: I'm given the boundary value problem: $$y''(x)+2y(x)=-f(x)$$ subject $y(0)=y(2\pi)$ and $y \, '(0)=y \, '(2\pi)$. EDIT: These were not given to be zero !! Maybe this ...
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prove a function to be constant

Let the function $f\colon \mathbb{R} \to\mathbb{R}$ have arbitrarily small positive periods, in the sense that if $\delta>0$ then there exists $T \in (0,\delta)$ such that $f(t + T) = f(t)$ for all ...
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Is a broken clock right twice a day?

I was thinking about this expression, and I wondered if it holds true when the clock is slow. I can imagine a slow clock which is not right at all in the span of 12 hours—imagine a clock which ticks 5 ...
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If $f(z)$ is real periodic and $g(z)$ is complex periodic , Can $g(z+f(z))$ be periodic?

Let $A$ be a nonzero real number and let $B$ be a nonreal complex number. Let $z$ be a complex number. Let $f(z)$ and $g(z)$ be non-constant functions defined for all complex numbers $z$ and satisfy ...
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number of zeros of complex waves

Does anybody know about any type of methods how to calucalte/estimate the number of the zeros of complex waves (periodic functions as superposition of many harmonic waves) within a given period [0,x] ...
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When a periodic function is squared (or cubed, and so on…) does it always lose its periodicity?

For instance $$\sin^{2}\left(-\frac{\pi}{6}\right) = \sin^{2}\left(\frac{\pi}{6}\right)$$ i.e., $\sin^2 (x)$ is an even function and loses the $2\pi$-periodicity of $\sin x $. Is this true in ...
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Does the phrase “instantaneous frequency” make sense?

I had always thought of time and frequency as being two different (yet complete) descriptions of the same system, so to me, the phrase "instantaneous frequency" didn't make sense -- frequency is a ...
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Is $(\sin{x})(\sin{\pi x})$ periodic?

I'm wondering, is the function $f=(\sin{x})(\sin{\pi x})$ is periodic? My first inclination would be two assume that if the periods of the individual sine expressions, $p_1 \text{and}\space p_2$ have ...
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What is the period of $(2007)^{\sin x}$?

What is the period of $(2007)^{\sin x}$? Please explain how to proceed and what's the technique to generally solve these kind of problems.
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How do we conclude that $f(x)=0, \forall x\in \mathbb{R}$ ?

Suppose that $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ is a periodic function such that $\displaystyle{\lim_{x\rightarrow +\infty}f(x)=0}$. I want to show that $f(x)=0$ for all $x\in \mathbb{R}$. $$$$ ...
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Period of sum of sinusoids

Say I have a sum of two sinusoids like so: $$ Acos(xt+\phi) + Bcos(yt+\delta) $$ How would I find the period? I know that for just one sinusoid the period would be: $$ Acos(xt+\phi) $$ $$ T = 2\pi/x ...
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Prove that f(x)=g(x)

Show that if $f,g:\mathbb{R}\to \mathbb{R}$ are continuous and periodic and $\lim_{x\to \infty}[f(x)-g(x)]=0$, then $f=g$
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determine if a function is periodic

Let $f$ be a continuous and integrable function on $[a,b]$ such that $$\int_a^b f(x)\,\mathrm{d}x = 2$$ and for every $t_1,t_2$ such that $\displaystyle t_2 -t_1 = \frac{b-a}2$ $$\...
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Floquet Theory - Reducing ODE's to Constant Coefficient ODE's?

Am I right in my reading of the bottom of this page by Arnold, where he apparently says that to any system of first order ode's with periodic coefficients one can find a change of variables reducing ...
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How to expand the Fourier series for $f(x)=\max \{0, \frac{\pi}{2}-\lvert x\rvert \} $?

My Question: My Goal is to determine the Fourier series for $f(x)=\max \{0, \frac{\pi}{2}-\lvert x\rvert \} \quad$ for $x \in [-\pi, \pi ]$ This function is $2\pi$-periodic. My Approach: i found out,...
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When does a linear combination of trigonometric functions have an axis of symmetry?

I am trying to find out when a linear combination of $\sin(ax)$ and $\cos(bx)$ has an axis of symmetry. Clearly, $\sin(x)+\cos(x)$ has an axis of symmetry at $\pi/4$. It seems as if $\sin(3 x)+\cos(...
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Limit of $\int_E f(nx) dx$ for a $1$-periodic function $f$ on $[0,2\pi]$

Let $E$ be a measurable subset of $[0, 2\pi]$. Assume that $f \in C(\mathbb R)$ is $1$-periodic, i.e. $f(x + 1) = f(x)$. Compute $$\lim_{n\to\infty} \int_{E} f(nx) dx$$. Since $f$ is continuous on $\...
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Are sin and cos the only continuous and infinitely differentiable periodic functions we have?

Sin and cos are everywhere continuous and infinitely differentiable. Those are nice properties to have. They come from the unit circle. It seems there's no other periodic function that is also ...
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What is the period of $f(x) = \sin^4(x)+ \cos^4(x)$?

This is an elementary problem but I'm just not getting the right answer. My reasoning is as follows: The period of $g(x) = \sin^4(x)$ is $\pi$ and that of $h(x) = \cos^4(x)$ is $π$ as well, so the ...
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Prove that a $1$-periodic function $\phi$ is constant if $\phi(\frac{x}{2}) \phi(\frac{x+1}{2})$ is a constant multiple of $\phi$

For $0 < x< \infty$, let $\phi (x)$ be positive and continuously twice differentiable satisfying: (a) $\phi (x+1) = \phi (x)$ (b) $\phi(\frac{x}{2}) \phi(\frac{x+1}{2}) = d\phi(x),$ where $d$...
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Let $f\colon\Bbb R\to \Bbb R-\{3\}$ be a function such that there exist $T>0$ with $f(x+T)=\frac{f(x)-5}{f(x)-3}$ for every $x\in\Bbb R$.

Let $f\colon \Bbb R\to \Bbb R-\{3\}$ be a function with the property that there exist $T>0$ such that $f(x+T)=\frac{f(x)-5}{f(x)-3}$ for every $x\in \Bbb R$. Prove that $f(x)$ is periodic and find ...
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Period of derivative is the period of the original function

Let $f:I\to\mathbb R$ be a differentiable and periodic function with prime/minimum period $T$ (it is $T$-periodic) that is, $f(x+T) = f(x)$ for all $x\in I$. It is clear that $$ f'(x) = \lim_{h\to 0}\...
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“Perimeter” of the sine function

Given a sine function with certain parameters (period, amplitude) I would like a function to calculate its "perimeter", i.e. the length of the curve itself. Everyday application: let's say we need to ...
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Let $f: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ be continuous periodic function with period $T>0$

Let $f: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ be a continuous periodic function with period $T>0$. Show that there exists an element $x \in \mathbb{R}$ for which $f(x)=f(x+T/2)$. This is what I came up with ...
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Is the continued fraction of the square root of a base $\phi$ (golden ratio) number periodic when the continued fraction is expressed in base $\phi$?

I have been looking at concise ways to represent irrational numbers using only integers. I was thinking about base $\phi$ (golden ratio base) and how it can represent the quadratic extension of the ...
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How many distinct values of floor(N/i) exists for i=1 to N.

Say we have a function $F(i)=\text{floor}(N/i)$. Then how many distinct values of $F(i)$ will exist for all $0 \leq i \leq N$ e.g. We have $N=25$ then. $F(1)=25$ $F(2)=12$ $F(3)=8$ $F(4)=6$ $F(...
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Elliptic functions and (meromorphic) simply periodic functions.

Let be $f:\mathbb C\rightarrow\overline {\mathbb C}$ a meromorphic function. The set of periods $\Omega_f$ is a discrete (additive) group and we have one of these possibilities: i) $\Omega_f= \{0\}$ ...
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Closed periodic curve

Let $\textbf{$\gamma$}: \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^n$ be a smooth curve and let $T \in \mathbb{R}$. We say that $\textbf{$\gamma$}$ is $T$-periodic if $$\textbf{$\gamma$}(t+T)=\textbf{$\gamma$}...
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Improper Integral of a periodic function converges

Given $f(x)$ is a periodic function and $\int_0^p{f(x)}dx=0$. Show $\int_1^\infty\frac{f(x)}{x}dx$ converges. 1) I know this integral can be broken into $\int_1^\infty\frac{f(x)}{x}dx=\int_0^\infty\...
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If $f$ is a continuous periodic function with irrational period and if $\sum_n\frac{|f(n)|}{n}<\infty$, then $f$ is identically zero.

Please show that if $f:\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}$ is a continuous periodic function with irrational period and if $\sum_n\frac{|f(n)|}{n}<\infty$, then $f$ is identically zero. (For example, using ...