Proof of the scaling property of an impulse function


by amolraf
Tags: function, impulse, proof, property, scaling
amolraf
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Aug30-04, 11:27 AM
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I am presently taking my first course in signals and systems and I have been charged with proving the scaling property of the impulse function; that:

delta(a(t-to)) = 1/abs(a)*delta(t-to)

I am seriously miffed and need some help.
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Nolen Ryba
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Sep2-04, 08:19 PM
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Well I messed around with it for a bit and found one way to do it- take the definition of the delta function before the limit- like this:

0 for x < -a
delta(a, x) = 1/2a for -a < x < a
0 for x > a

and substitude k(t-to) for x...you'll find after messing around with it that a gets pulled in by a factor of 1/k. The area becomes 1/k and but the function is not translated, and hence your property is proved, although how rigorous this would be considered by mathematical standards I don't know.


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