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This document derives the Fourier Series coefficients for several functions. The functions shown here are fairly simple, but the concepts extend to more complex functions. Consider the periodic pulse function shown below. It is an even function with period T.

A Fourier series is an expansion of a periodic function in terms of an infinite sum of sines and cosines. Fourier series make use of the orthogonality relationships of the sine and cosine functions. The computation and study of Fourier series is known as harmonic analysis and is extremely useful as a way to break up an arbitrary periodic function into a set of simple terms that can be plugged in, solved individually, and then recombined to obtain the solution to the original problem or an approximation to it to whatever accuracy is desired or practical.

Examples of successive approximations to common functions using Fourier series are illustrated above. In particular, since the superposition principle holds for solutions of a linear homogeneous ordinary differential equation , if such an equation can be solved in the case of a single sinusoid, the solution for an arbitrary function is immediately available by expressing the original function as a Fourier series and then plugging in the solution for each sinusoidal component.

In some special cases where the Fourier series can be summed in closed form, this technique can even yield analytic solutions.

Any set of functions that form a complete orthogonal system have a corresponding generalized Fourier series analogous to the Fourier series. For example, using orthogonality of the roots of a Bessel function of the first kind gives a so-called Fourier-Bessel series. Using the method for a generalized Fourier series , the usual Fourier series involving sines and cosines is obtained by taking and.

Since these functions form a complete orthogonal system over , the Fourier series of a function is given by. Note that the coefficient of the constant term has been written in a special form compared to the general form for a generalized Fourier series in order to preserve symmetry with the definitions of and.

The Fourier cosine coefficient and sine coefficient are implemented in the Wolfram Language as FourierCosCoefficient [ expr , t , n ] and FourierSinCoefficient [ expr , t , n ], respectively. A Fourier series converges to the function equal to the original function at points of continuity or to the average of the two limits at points of discontinuity. Dini's test gives a condition for the convergence of Fourier series.

As a result, near points of discontinuity, a "ringing" known as the Gibbs phenomenon , illustrated above, can occur. For a function periodic on an interval instead of , a simple change of variables can be used to transform the interval of integration from to.

Solving for gives , and plugging this in gives. Similarly, the function is instead defined on the interval , the above equations simply become. In fact, for periodic with period , any interval can be used, with the choice being one of convenience or personal preference Arfken , p. The coefficients for Fourier series expansions of a few common functions are given in Beyer , pp.

One of the most common functions usually analyzed by this technique is the square wave. The Fourier series for a few common functions are summarized in the table below. If a function is even so that , then is odd. This follows since is odd and an even function times an odd function is an odd function. Therefore, for all. Similarly, if a function is odd so that , then is odd. This follows since is even and an even function times an odd function is an odd function. The notion of a Fourier series can also be extended to complex coefficients.

Consider a real-valued function. The coefficients can be expressed in terms of those in the Fourier series. For a function periodic in , these become. These equations are the basis for the extremely important Fourier transform , which is obtained by transforming from a discrete variable to a continuous one as the length.

The complex Fourier coefficient is implemented in the Wolfram Language as FourierCoefficient [ expr , t , n ]. Arfken, G. Orlando, FL: Academic Press, pp. Askey, R. Monthly , , Beyer, W. Brown, J. Fourier Series and Boundary Value Problems, 5th ed.

New York: McGraw-Hill, Byerly, W. New York: Dover, Carslaw, H. Introduction to the Theory of Fourier's Series and Integrals, 3rd ed. Davis, H. Fourier Series and Orthogonal Functions.

Dym, H. Fourier Series and Integrals. New York: Academic Press, Folland, G. Fourier Analysis and Its Applications. Groemer, H. New York: Cambridge University Press, Fourier Analysis. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, Exercises for Fourier Analysis. Krantz, S. Lighthill, M. Introduction to Fourier Analysis and Generalised Functions.

Morrison, N. Introduction to Fourier Analysis. New York: Wiley, Sansone, G. English ed. New York: Dover, pp. Weisstein, E. Whittaker, E. Weisstein, Eric W. Explore thousands of free applications across science, mathematics, engineering, technology, business, art, finance, social sciences, and more. Walk through homework problems step-by-step from beginning to end.

Hints help you try the next step on your own. Unlimited random practice problems and answers with built-in Step-by-step solutions. Practice online or make a printable study sheet. Collection of teaching and learning tools built by Wolfram education experts: dynamic textbook, lesson plans, widgets, interactive Demonstrations, and more. MathWorld Book. Terms of Use. Fourier Coefficients of a Square Pulse. The computation of the usual Fourier series is based on the integral identities.

Contact the MathWorld Team. Orthogonality of Sines and Cosines. Discrete Fourier Transform of Windowing Functions.

In engineering expanding a function in terms of sines and cosines is useful because it allows one to manipulate functions that are difficult to represent analytically. The fields of Electrical engineering, Electronics engineering make heavily use of Fourier series. Fourier series is broadly used in telecommunication system for modulation and demodulation of voice signals. Joseph Fourier — invented his series for real life applications. Required Conditions for Fourier series 1. The graph of an even function is symmetrical about the y-axis. The graph of an odd function is.

In a certain costal area, the depth of water may be approximated by a sinusoidal function of the form d t -. A key simplifying step is to use The sine and cosine functions are then defined in terms of the unit circle. Graphs of sine and cosine are developed from the simple to the complex.

Skip to Main Content. A not-for-profit organization, IEEE is the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Use of this web site signifies your agreement to the terms and conditions. A Fourier analysis for a fast simulation algorithm for power convertors Abstract: A powerful discrete modeling approach to the simulation of a switching converter that has appeared in power electronics literature over the last several years is briefly reviewed, and some desirable traits for its matrix exponential subroutine are discussed.

Documentation Help Center. The Fourier series is a sum of sine and cosine functions that describes a periodic signal. It is represented in either the trigonometric form or the exponential form. The toolbox provides this trigonometric Fourier series form.

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