# I How is the constant pi/L deduced in Fourier series?

1. Apr 15, 2016

### henry wang

How is pi/L part deduced in (n*pi*x)/L?

2. Apr 15, 2016

### mathman

Essentially it has to do with the interval that the series is defined for. The length of the interval is 2L while $\pi$ is the normalization (based on the fact that sines and cosines have period $2\pi$).

3. Apr 15, 2016

### strauser

We're requiring that the fundamental frequency is periodic in space, with spatial period $2L$. So we have for the fundamental frequency: $$\cos \omega x = \cos(\omega(x+2L)) = \cos(\omega x + 2L \omega) \Rightarrow 2L \omega = 2\pi \Rightarrow \omega = \frac{\pi}{L}$$

4. Apr 15, 2016

### mfig

5. Apr 16, 2016

### henry wang

Thank you guys, I understand now.