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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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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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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$\cos(x)+\cos(x\sqrt{2})$ 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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Are these statements of my professor about periodicity of harmonic processes in time series analysis correct?

Assume $X_t$ is a harmonic stochastic process, i.e., $$X_t = \sum_{j=-k}^k A_j \exp(i \lambda_j t)$$ where the frequencies $\lambda_j$ are given and $A_j$ are uncorrelated random variables with zero ...
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Triangular periodic tessellation in two variables

The simple function $f(x, y) = \cos(x) + \cos(y)$ is doubly periodic in a square tessellation. One feature of this surface is that cuts through the nearest extrema in either of two directions (e.g. ...
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For $f$ periodic, $g\to 0$ the integral of $fg$ converges (under some more conditions)

Let $f,g:\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}$ be continuous functions such that: $f$ is periodic, with finitely many zeros in a period The average value of $f$ on a period is $0$ $g$ is monotonic decreasing and ...
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Functions whose $n^{th}$ Derivatives form a cycle

The simplest example of this is $e^x$ which we could say has period 1 (it is its own derivative). $e^{-x}$ would have period 2. Using similar constructions, I can get a function that has a derivative ...
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Integrate a periodic absolute value function [duplicate]

\begin{equation} \int_{0}^t \left|\cos(t)\right|dt = \sin\left(t-\pi\left\lfloor{\frac{t}{\pi}+\frac{1}{2}}\right\rfloor\right)+2\left\lfloor{\frac{t}{\pi}+\frac{1}{2}}\right\rfloor \end{equation} I ...
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$x'=Ax$ has one periodic solution. Prove that all solutions are periodic.

I want to prove the following: 1) Suppose $$A_{2,2}=\begin{pmatrix} a_{1,1} & a_{1,2} \\ a_{2,1} & a_{2,2} \end{pmatrix}$$ real and suppose the system of differential equations ...
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If $f$ is $2 \pi$ periodic and $\int_{0}^{2 \pi} f(t) dt=0$ then $\int_{0}^{2 \pi} (f(t))^2 dt \le \int_{0}^{2 \pi} (f'(t))^2 dt$ [duplicate]

Given $f$ a real differentiable function, $2 \pi$ periodic such that $\int_{0}^{2 \pi} f(t) dt=0$ show that: $\int_{0}^{2 \pi} (f(t))^2 dt \le \int_{0}^{2 \pi} (f'(t))^2 dt$. When does equality hold? ...
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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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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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Prove or disprove that $\sin\lfloor x\rfloor$ is periodic.

The title says it all. I was plotting random functions on my phone and noticed this graph. I don't think this function is periodic (WA also agrees). Is there a way to prove if a function like this is ...
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Questions aobut Weierstrass's elliptic functions

from the wikipedia: == In terms of the two periods, Weierstrass's elliptic function is an elliptic function with periods ω1 and ω2 defined as $$\wp(z;\omega_1,\omega_2)=\frac{1}{z^2}+ \sum_{n^2+m^2 ...
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How to show that this real function is not periodic?

How can one prove that $$\cos\left(\frac{\pi}{2} t \right)+\cos\left(t \right)$$ is not periodic? This question is motivated by the harmonic spectral representation of time series. Indeed, it is ...
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prove that $f$ is periodic

A function $f\colon\mathbb{R}\to(0,\infty)$ satisfies equation $f(x)=f(x+64)+f(x+1999)-f(x+2063)$. Prove that $f$ is periodic. I'm quite sure that 1999 and 64 are random numbers (probably 1999 = year ...
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Why is the period of $f$, $\pi$?

I came across a problem, which asked to compute the period of the function $$f(x)=3^{\sec^2x-\tan^2 x}.$$ The answer provided was $\pi$. I don't get how.
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detect largest period in non-harmonic components

let us consider following sinusoidal components $\sin(2\pi 13.5t)+\sin(2\pi 13.99t)+\sin(2\pi 25.3t)+\sin(2\pi 26t)$, clearly this is not periodic in total,because frequencies or periods are not ...
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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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Behavior of a periodic function

Can a periodic function satisfy $f''(x)f(x)>0, x\in \mathbb{R}$ My intuition says no. Any thoughts on how to approach this?
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Fourier coefficients intuition?

I just learned about Fourier series, and this is how I interpreted them: The complex exponentials form a basis for all periodic functions, and the Fourier series essentially decompose the function ...
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$f_1, f_2 : \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ nonconstant, continuous, with period $1, \sqrt{2}$, respectively, then $f_1 + f_2$ is not periodic

I've been working on this problem for several hours, but I keep getting stuck. Suppose $f_1, f_2 : \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ periodic with period $1, \sqrt{2}$, respectively, and that each of ...
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What is the period of $\sin 2\theta + \sin \frac{\theta}{2}$ [duplicate]

What is the period of $\sin 2\theta + \sin \frac{\theta}{2}$? The period of the first term is $\pi$ and that of the second is $4\pi$. Does that mean that the period of the whole is $4\pi$?
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Prove that $\sin(\sqrt x)$ not periodic

$\sin\sqrt x$ is not a periodic function. How can one prove this?
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Understanding the periodicity of a complex exponential function

In the reals, $e^{nx}$ explodes to infinity very fast. But, $e^{inx}$ is bounded and periodic. I am familiar with Euler's formula $e^{ix} = \cos x +i\sin x $. Yet, could you give me some intuition ...