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Proof of the scaling property of an impulse function

  1. Aug 30, 2004 #1
    I am presently taking my first course in signals and systems and I have been charged with proving the scaling property of the impulse function; that:

    delta(a(t-to)) = 1/abs(a)*delta(t-to)

    I am seriously miffed and need some help.
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 2, 2004 #2
    Well I messed around with it for a bit and found one way to do it- take the definition of the delta function before the limit- like this:

    0 for x < -a
    delta(a, x) = 1/2a for -a < x < a
    0 for x > a

    and substitude k(t-to) for x...you'll find after messing around with it that a gets pulled in by a factor of 1/k. The area becomes 1/k and but the function is not translated, and hence your property is proved, although how rigorous this would be considered by mathematical standards I don't know.
     
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