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Fourier Series for real and odd signals

  1. Oct 1, 2011 #1

    I have a general question regarding the computation of Fourier Series coefficients for real and odd inputs. In this case, the following should be true:

    ∫x(t)*e^(-j*k*w*t)dt = ∫x(t)*sin(k*w*t)dt

    However, every time I compute my coefficients this way, I get the inverse sign of what it is supposed to be -- my coefficients are flipped on the x-axis. Since this happens every time, I don't think it's a computational mistake, but rather a conceptual problem. What am I doing wrong?

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  3. Oct 1, 2011 #2
    A second after posting this, I think I figured it out:

    Since e^(-j*w*t) = cos(w*t) - j * sin(w*t), I'm missing a minus sign in my integral. Correct?
  4. Oct 1, 2011 #3


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    It's either that, else or your integral should be ∫x(t)*sin(k*-w*t)dt :smile:
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