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Re: Integrate product of Gaussian*Sin

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  • Subject: [mg6907] Re: [mg6855] Integrate product of Gaussian*Sin
  • From: Richard Finley <trfin at>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Apr 1997 14:00:38 -0400 (EDT)
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I am a little confused because there is an end bracket missing in your
equation.  I presume that you mean the integral:

Integrate[Exp[-alpha*(x-a)^2]*Sin[n Pi x/L],{x,-Infinity,Infinity}]

If this is the integral you are interested in there is no need to change
variables because it is the integral of a product of odd and even functions
over the real line and is therefore identically zero for all values of the

hope that helps.

regards,   RF 

At 02:44 AM 4/24/97 -0400, you wrote:
>	Can anyone suggest a good change of variables to carry out the
>	Integrate[Exp[-alpha*(x-a)^2*Sin[n Pi x/L],{x,-Infinity,Infinity}]
>	I can't find this form in my integral tables (I'm going to check
>the library today for a more comprehensive list, I might find a form that I
>can convert my expression to), and Mathematica can't find a solution unless
>I take the limits of the integral {x,-c,c}. However, treated as an improper
>	Integrate[Exp[-alpha*(x-a)^2*Sin[n Pi x/L],{x,-c,c}]
>	Limit[%,c->Infinity]
>or	Limit[%,c->-Infinity]
>	Still does not give a solution, since the answer to the integral
>(with limits {x,-c,c}) is a combination of Erf[x] and Erfi[x], and the
>Limit[Erfi[x],x->+/- Infinity]->+/- Infinity. The Erf[x] has a limit of +/-
>1 as x->+/- Infinity.
>	I'm not sure if there is a solution to this, anyone with
>Gaussian-type function experience?
>Thank you

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