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In the past couple of days I have been looking at how to transform a function f(t) into another function F(s) via the Laplace transform, and have practiced performing simple Laplace transformations such at f(t) = sin(at), sin^{a}t, cos(at), e^{at}f(t) and so on.

I looked on Wikipedia at a formula for the Fourier transform and it's a bit confusing; I know there are several types, here is a formula I found;

[tex]f(\xi) = \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} f(x)e^{-2\pi ix\xi}dx[/tex] for every real number ξ.

So if I say that f(x) = 1, then I end up with [tex]f(\xi) = \int_{-\infty}^{\infty}e^{-2\pi ix \xi}dx[/tex].

Integrating, we get

[tex]f(\xi) = -\frac{1}{2\pi ix \xi}e^{-2\pi ix \xi}[/tex].

However I'm stuck on how to evaluate this now, as I have to find the evaluation of the function at negative infinity and subtract that from the function evaluated at infinity (assuming ξ > 0, but when I do that I end up with an [tex]e^{\infty}[/tex] term when evaluating the function at negative infinity. Does this simply mean that it does not converge? Can you show me an example of a function that does converge? I tried using the Fourier transform on sin(x) earlier today and I ended up with [tex]f(\xi) = 0[/tex]...

Thanks.

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# Fourier Transform Help ( f(x) = 1 )

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