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Homework Help: Definite integral of sinc(x)

  1. Mar 17, 2010 #1
    I'm studying a course in Fourier. In a multi-choice question, one of the answers asks for the value of the definite integral of sin(ax)/x over [-pi,pi]. I am wondering if there is a way to calculate this integral (I guess using Fourier techniques) or not.
    It is possible that it can't be solved, and the question can be answered by verifying that one of the OTHER answers IS correct, but I just want to make sure I'm not missing something.

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  3. Mar 17, 2010 #2


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    Well, Wolfram Alpha / Mathematica gives the result in terms of the "sine integral" function Si.

    So if you're looking for an elementary solution, it is highly likely that it does not exist.
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