1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data This has to do with the unit step function. The question is; Sketch the function g(t) = 1 for 0<t<1 and is 0 for t>1. Express g(t) in terms of the unit step function and hence or otherwise show that L(g(t)) = 1/s^2 - e^-s (1/s^2 + 1/2) 2. Relevant equations 3. The attempt at a solution I sketched the graph (see attachment below). Im guessing the unit step function is t(u(t) - u(t-1)). I tried one way of getting that answer like this t( u(t-1) u(t+1) - u(t-1) ). Obviously it didnt work out. I think I need to get u(t) in the form u(t-a) so I can use the table of Laplace transforms and just read out of it. How do I manipulate this kind of functions? Thanks.
This is from my notes: In this case, the function should be u(t) - u(t-1). The Laplace transform you should be using is [tex]L[f(t-a)u(t-a)] = e^{-as}F(s) \ \mbox{where} \ F(s) = L[f(t)][/tex] Note that u(t-a) = f(t-a)u(t-a) where f(t) = 1. f is a constant function. So you only need to find the laplace transform of 1 and add in the e^(-as) factor in front of it.