I fourier analysis - waves

if I am to learn about waves at an undergraduated level, how much is it important to learn fourier theory before I actually go into the physics?
 
Well, it depends on what will you study, but you will need it someday so I would recommend you to learn it as soon as possible.
 
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The Fourier transform is probably more generally useful anyway.
 

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if I am to learn about waves at an undergraduated level, how much is it important to learn fourier theory before I actually go into the physics?
If it's introductory physics then it's not that important, unless you are attracted to the topic, then it can give you some insight as to what's going on when you study harmonics. On the other hand, if you are studying waves at the junior or senior level, you will find an understanding of Fourier analysis very helpful.
 

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