Sums of Sinusoidal Forces or EMF’s—Fourier Analysis

  • Ingram Bloch


In Chapter 3 we studied the response on an oscillator to a driving force with sinusoidal time-dependence. In the present chapter we build up more complicated forces by adding sinusoidal forces together.


Fourier Series Fundamental Period Fourier Integral Integral Diverge Spective Exponent 
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    Some authors generalize the definition of orthogonality by including in the integrand of Equation 4.3 an additional factor w(t),known as a “metric” or a “weighting” function. See, for example, Arfken, G. Mathematical Methods for Physicists. 2d ed. New York: Academic Press, 1970. Morse, P. M. and H. Feshbach. Methods of Theoretical Physics. New York; McGraw Hill, 1953.Google Scholar
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    We state many mathematical results without proof. Proofs can be found in books on mathematical analysis, such as E. T., Whittaker, and G. N. Watson. A Course of Modern Analysis. American ed, New York; Macmillan, 1943.Google Scholar
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    Mathematical analysis has been extended to include nonfunctions such as the delta “function,” which is called a “distribution” instead of a function. The branch of analysis that deals with such objects is known as the theory of distributions. It is discussed in Barros-Neto, J. An Introduction to the Theory of Distributions“ New York; Dekker,1973. Challifour, J. L. Generalized Functions and Fourier Analysis; an Introduction. Reading, MA; Benjamin, 1972.Google Scholar
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    Useful general references on Fourier analysis are: Churchill R. V. and J. W. Brown. Fourier Series and Boundary Value Problems, 3d ed. New York: McGraw Hill, 1978. Campbell, G. A. and R. M. Foster. Fourier Integrals for Practical Applications. New York; Van Nostrand, 1947.Google Scholar

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