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Fourier series problem

  1. Dec 2, 2013 #1
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    Check out the solution to problem 4b)

    My question is: Why do they set ##b_n = \frac{2}{\pi} \int_{0}^{\pi}(...)dx## instead of ##b_n = \frac{1}{\pi} \int_{0}^{\pi} (...)dx##?

    Ie, why did they multiply the integral with 2? Did they find the fourier integral to the odd expansion of ##sin(x)^2##? Because that's the only way for sin(x)^2 to be defined by solely a sine fourier expansion?

    EDIT: Ooops, posted in wrong section. Please move to calculus and beyond homework forum! sorry!
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2013
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  3. Dec 2, 2013 #2


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    Yes, that's exactly it. Since they only have sine functions for the eigenfunction expansion, the FS must represent an odd function so they take the odd extension of ##\sin^2(x)## and use the half range formulas.
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