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Re: Bug in FourierTransform?

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  • Subject: [mg122667] Re: Bug in FourierTransform?
  • From: Bill Rowe <readnews at>
  • Date: Sat, 5 Nov 2011 04:46:54 -0500 (EST)
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On 11/4/11 at 6:01 AM, rui.rojo at (Rui) wrote:

>Is there anything about Slot that I don't know that explains this

>FourierTransform[Sin[t], t, #] Out= 0

>Only by changing # to p I get the correct result

The character # has special significance in Mathematica and
cannot be used as a variable by itself. It is a place holder to
be used something like:

In[1]:= FourierTransform[#@t, t, w] & /@ {Sin, Cos}

Out[1]= {I*Sqrt[Pi/2]*DiracDelta[w - 1] -
   I*Sqrt[Pi/2]*DiracDelta[w + 1],
    Sqrt[Pi/2]*DiracDelta[w - 1] + Sqrt[Pi/2]*DiracDelta[w + 1]}

>It happens with Cos too, but not for imaginary exopnentials or other
>simpel functions like UnitBox Bug?

What is it you are trying to accomplish by using # in the manner
you tried with FourierTransform?

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