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Laplace Transforms

  1. May 3, 2013 #1
    Recently in my DiffEq class, we learned how to use, and come up with, Laplace transforms. After doing my homework, I realized that Laplace Transforms are my new favorite concept in math(just beating out double/triple integrals and their applications)! The transforms just look so elegant on a white board!

    The theorem we were taught said this: ##L##{##F(t)##}##=∫^∞_0e^{-st}F(t)dt##. My professor mentioned that there are more transforms out there, but we only had time for this one. Are the other transforms out there of this same form? Where can I find more information on them?
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    It's not a theorem, it's its definition.

    As for others, yes, there are plenty and as much as there are applications of it.

    Radon transform, Mellin transform, etc...

    In Functional Analysis we look on a kernel $$K(x,y)$$ and look on the next operator:

    $$Kf(x) := \int f(y)K(x,y)dy$$

    Obviously we can do this for a function f that has as many variables we wish, and then we look for possible convergence conditions of the integral, and other features as the theory of these kernels has progressed.
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    Here's a list to get you started :smile: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_transforms

    The "integral transforms" have similar forms to the Laplace transform. The most similar is the Fourier transform.

    You might also look at the Z transform, which is analogous to the Laplace transform but for a series instead of a continuous function.
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    Fourier Transform and Fourier Series, which is a whole family of transforms.
    In particular, the Laplace Transform is the same as the Fourier Transform, except for a factor ##i##.
    The z-transform is also a (discrete) variant of these same transforms.
  8. May 7, 2013 #7
    Thank you all for your input, and I'm sorry I've not gotten a chance to reply. (Finals >.<)

    Can't wait to finish up with finals so I can spare some time to look into those that you all have mentioned!
  9. Dec 21, 2013 #8
    How to solve D.E by Laplace transform ??
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    It's not cool to hijack an older thread at PF. Set up your own thread to ask a new question.

    You can find out how to solve D.E.s using Laplace transforms by searching the net. You can google 'Laplace transform' to get you started.
  11. Dec 29, 2013 #10
    The biggest problem with these transforms is that not exist the rule of composition of function (chain rule, in derivative; integration for substituion, in integration). Thus, you need to calculate a mountain of possible cases.
  12. Dec 30, 2013 #11
    Fourier Transform is useful for solve linear system too?
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