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Convergence of an Improper Integral

  1. Sep 27, 2012 #1


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    Let f(x) be a continuous functions on [0,∞) and that ∫ |f(t)|^2dt is convergent for 0≤t<∞.
    Let ∫ |f(t)|^2dt for 0≤t<∞ equals F.
    Show that lim(σ→∞) ∫(1-x/σ)|f(x)|^2 dx for0≤x≤σ converges to F.

    I know that it needs to prove that lim(σ→∞) ∫(x/σ)|f(x)|^2 dx for0≤x≤σ converges to 0. Can anyone give me a hint??
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  3. Sep 27, 2012 #2


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    Since |f| is square integrable, then for any ε > 0, there exists a T such that the integral (T,∞) of |f|² < ∞.

    For σ > T, split the integral of (x/σ)|f|² into 2 parts at T.

    The integral from 0 to σ of (x/σ)|f|² < integral of (x/σ)|f|² from 0 to T + the integral of |f|² from T to ∞.

    The first term -> 0 as σ -> ∞, while the second term < ε. Since ε is arbitrarily small, the integral -> 0.
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