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Homework Help: Fourier Transformation integral

  1. Jan 19, 2009 #1
    I'm trying to integrate a function which is given as

    [tex]F(u)= \int f(x)e^{-2}^{\pi} ^{i} ^{x} ^{u} dx[/tex]

    with limits of +ve and -ve infinity

    integrating by parts gives me

    [tex]\frac{1}{2} f(x)^{2}e^{-2}^{\pi}^{i}^{x}^{u}-\frac{1}{2} \int f(x)^{2}xe^{-2}^{\pi}^{i}^{x}^{u}dx[/tex]

    fisrt off, is the [tex]i[/tex] in the equation an imaginary number ( I am pretty sure it is)
    and after integration how do I apply the infinite limits, also is my integration correct?

  2. jcsd
  3. Jan 20, 2009 #2
    Hi Ruga,

    Yes, [tex]i = \sqrt{-1}[/tex].

    Without knowing what f(x) is, your integral is not correct. In general, [tex]\int{f(x)} dx[/tex] will not resemble [tex]\frac{1}{2}f(x)^2[/tex] (or do you know that [tex]f(x) = x[/tex]?), so choosing v' = f(x) in the integration by parts method does not yield [tex]v = \frac{1}{2}f(x)^2[/tex].

    Could you provide some context (e.g., the complete problem statement) as we may find the requisite expression for f(x) there. If you're just trying to evaluate the integral in full generality, then we're out of luck!
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