Fourier series/ periodic function

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Homework Statement


Suppose f is a periodic function of period 2pi and that g is a horizontal shift of f, say
g(x) = f(x + a). Show that f and g have the same energy.


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The Attempt at a Solution


i can see that if f(x) is shifted by 'a' that it does not make the function any difference.
but in not sure how should i go about showing it.

could someone help me out pls.

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Dick
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If f(x) is shifted by a it does make a difference to the Fourier transform. Can you show that difference doesn't change the energy?
 
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:/ thats the part im not sure about.. can you give me a hit.
 
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:/ thats the part im not sure about.. can you give me a hit.

Probably. What's your definition of Fourier transform and energy? In the complex formulation the Fourier transform of f(x+a) is a complex number times the Fourier transform of f(x). What's the complex number?
 
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well i did not learn it by complex #

my definition of energy is E=(ak)2 +(bk)2

or E=(1/pi) ∫[f(x)]2 ; where the integral is from -pi to pi
 
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well i did not learn it by complex #

my definition of energy is E=(ak)2 +(bk)2

or E=(1/pi) ∫[f(x)]2 ; where the integral is from -pi to pi

So you want to prove the integral of f(x)^2 and f(x+a)^2 are the same from -pi to pi. Substitute u=x+a. So the u limits are -pi+a to pi+a. The integral of a periodic function over a single period is the same, no matter where the period starts.
 
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i see thanks man
 

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