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Can fourier sine series approximate even functions?

  1. Sep 23, 2015 #1
    I am learning Fourier series and have come across the sine, cosine, and imaginary exponential expressions. To my knowledge, these individual terms form a basis since they are all orthogonal to each other. I am just wondering: can a Fourier sine series be used to model a purely even function, such as cosx or ## x^2##? Are there any limitations with using a fourier sine series on even functions?
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  3. Sep 23, 2015 #2
    No. The coefficient of the sine term is zero for an even function. If [itex]f[/itex] is even, and taking into account that the product of an even and odd function is odd, then you can see that the calculation for the sine coefficient yields 0 when you use the formula for the coefficients.
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