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Fourier Series at Discontinuities

  1. Dec 10, 2011 #1
    Dear all,

    I am wondering why the Fourier Series converges at a finite discontinuity of a periodic function at 1/2*(y1+y2) at the point f(x1), where x1 is the point at which the discontinuity occurs and y1 is the limiting value for the function when we approach x=x1 from one side and y2 is the limiting value when we approach x=x1 from the other side?

    Say, in a particular case y2 is 5 and y1 is 2, shouldn't the Fourier series converge to 1/2*(5-2)? I would have though that the Fourier series just converges at the midpoint between y1 and y2 on the graph that is if you draw the function I would have draw the value for x1 at which the discontinuity occurs to be in the middle of the two limiting values. Is that correct?

    All the Best,
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  3. Dec 10, 2011 #2


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    Your idea is correct, except for an error (typo?) y2=5 and y1=2 gives 1/2(5+2) as the midpoint.
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