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Homework Help: Laplace Transform problems

  1. Jul 24, 2008 #1
    Ok i have two questions, one i am unsure of and one i don't have a clue how to correctly find it.

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    You have to work out the inverse function of:

    4s/ s^2+4s+8

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I think the answer is:
    Is this correct?

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I have tryed to do this and keep getting it wrong, so could someone please show working of how to do this.
    If f(t)=cos2t.u(t) then find the laplace transform for:

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I think f(0)=1 but not sure
    After that i get confused

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  3. Jul 24, 2008 #2


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    No it's not. Try finding the Laplace transform of that answer. Can you get back the original expression?

    One way of approaching this type of problem is first by trying to factorise the denominator and then separate the partial fractions. But in this case it doesn't work because the denominator can't be broken down further. So what you need to do is to try rewrite it in a way which allows you to use the Laplace transform of sin wt and cos wt. Hint: you nearly got it right.

    You got that right. Just need to figure out what is f(0) here.
  4. Jul 25, 2008 #3
    How do you work out what f(0) is?
    i thought it was f(t) at 0. And 0 on the cos2x graph is 1, isn't it?
    Or am i incorrect on how to work it out.

    On the first question i get to here:
    4(s/((s+2)^2 +4).
    ok i just worked backwards and i think the answer is:
    4e^(-2t) * (cos2t-sin2t) is this correct.
    With this the sin2t takes away the 2 on top that you have extra.
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  5. Jul 25, 2008 #4


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    I think this depends heavily on how you define u(t). My notes define it as u(t) = 1 for t>0 and 0 everywhere else, but http://mathworld.wolfram.com/HeavisideStepFunction.html" [Broken] defines it as 1/2 when t=0. Wikipedia says it depends on convention:

    So the best thing to do is to consult your notes for what is acceptable.

    Yep that's right.
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  6. Jul 25, 2008 #5
    Normally they use 1.
    But i can't get it correct if i use that.
    Unless i am doing something wrong.
    here is how i am doing it:
    ((-3s-1)*s/(s^2 +4)) +3
    (-3s^2 - s + 3s^2 +12)/(s^2 +4)
    = (-s+12)/(s^2 +4)
  7. Jul 25, 2008 #6
    ok, i just noticed where i went wrong.
    Using f(0)=1
    I think its:
    (-s-12)/(s^2 +4)
    Is this correct?
    I like that you don't just tell me the answer, it helps me improve and makes you feel better when you have done it yourself.
  8. Jul 25, 2008 #7


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    Yep I got that as well.
    You're welcome. That's PF policy by the way.
  9. May 24, 2011 #8
    work out the inverse function of:

    4s/ s^2+4s+8

    4(s+2)/[(s+2)^2 + 4] + 2/[(s+2)^2 + 4]

    it seems to
    4e^(-2t) (cos(2t)+sin(2t))........... ANS

    Last edited: May 24, 2011
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