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Homework Help: Sketching a periodic function and Fourier analysis

  1. May 10, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    So i have a function f(x)=x^2 that is periodic -a<x<a and need to sketch this function from -3a<x<a. I know how to find the fourier coefficients though.

    2. Relevant equations
    f(x)=x^2 sketch it periodically

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I know that a function is only periodic if it repeats its value in a given interval, so f(x)=f(x+D) where D is some distance down the x axis where f(x) has the same value as f(x+D), and I know what a graph of x^2 looks like in my head but it does not repeat... How is this function periodic? Sketching it is the first step of my homework problem. It appears to me that the interval given -a<x<a is supposed to be the interval of which it repeats, so it would repeat -3a<x<a and a<x<3a. Is the problem given to us missing other conditions? A sketch or some ideas is helpful thanks in advance
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  3. May 10, 2016 #2


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    I think that should be the case. This just means that the period is ##2a##.
  4. May 10, 2016 #3


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    You plot it from -a to +a and copy that picture 2a to the right, 4a etc.
  5. May 10, 2016 #4
    That makes sense, thanks I can complete the question
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