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Finding inverse of a Laplace transform by convolution

  1. Oct 15, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    find the inverse Laplace transform of the given function by
    using the convolution theorem

    2. Relevant equations

    F(s) = s/((s+1)(s2)+4)

    The theorem : Lap{(f*g)(t)} = F(s)*G(s)
    3. The attempt at a solution
    I know how to find it the answer is :
    we have 1/(s+1) * s/(s+4) and the inverse of each of these functions are : e-t * cos(2t)
    further the answer is : ∫(e(-(t-τ))*cos(τ)dτ)
    But if I try to solve this problem without convolution theorem; and with partial fraction I get :

    s/((s+1)(s2+4)) = (1/5) ( (1/(s+1) + s/(s2+4) + 4/(s2+4) )

    and the inverse of this function is :

    (1/5) (cos(2t) - e-t +2sin(2t))

    MY QUESTION IS :

    ∫(e(-(t-τ))*cos(τ)dτ) = (1/5) (cos(2t) - e-t +2sin(2t)) is this right ?
     
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  3. Oct 15, 2016 #2

    Ray Vickson

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    What you wrote is not the convolution; the convolution is a definite integral, and you wrote an indefinite integral. In this method especially, limits are crucial.

    Anyway, in your integral you should have ##\cos(2 \tau) \, d \tau##, not ##\cos(\tau) \, d \tau##.

    After fixing things up, you will be able to answer your own question, by either (i) doing the integral; or (ii) differentiating both sides to see if the derivatives match.
     
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