       Re: Fourier[TriangleWave]

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• Subject: [mg95111] Re: Fourier[TriangleWave]
• From: dh <dh at metrohm.com>
• Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2009 04:05:18 -0500 (EST)
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Hello Sjoerd,

the problem you face is that you used rational numbers in your "Table".

"TriangleWave" does not automatically return machine numbers if you feed

it rationals. This happens only for spezial values like e.g.

TriangleWave[1/4]. To force TriangleWave to return machine numbers, use

e.g. N:

Table[TriangleWave[t] // N, {t, 0, 2 \[Pi], 2 \[Pi]/99}]

hope this helps, Daniel

Sjoerd C. de Vries wrote:

> TriangleWave and SquareWave are both functions introduced in M7, with

> similar usage. However, if you try to do a DFT of a list of

> TriangleWave values as in

>

> Fourier[Table[TriangleWave[ t], {t, 0, 2 \[Pi], 2 \[Pi]/99}]]

>

> you get an error message. The same problem exists for SawtoothWave.

> With SquareWave and Sin:

>

> Fourier[Table[SquareWave[ t], {t, 0, 2 \[Pi], 2 \[Pi]/99}]]

> Fourier[Table[Sin[ t], {t, 0, 2 \[Pi], 2 \[Pi]/99}]]

>

> it works as expected.

>

> If you use //N everything is fine. Is there anything in the properties

> of these wave functions that should make these differences in handling

> by Fourier reasonable or expected?

>

>

> Cheers -- Sjoerd

>

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