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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by [email protected], Aug 31, 2005.

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  1. Guest

    how do i interpret fourier transform of a sinusoidal signal
    F[cos(w0*t)] = pi*[del(w-w0)+del(w+w0)]
    -- why is there a negative frequency component at -w0 ? we used only a
    cos signal with positive frequency
    --shouldn't the transform be just {del(w-w0)} as i have used a cos
    signal with UNIT amplitude. so why does pi appear in original transform
    --why is the FT of sin(w0*t) a complex function. shouldnt it again be
  2. redbelly

    redbelly Guest

    It's all just mathematical book-keeping to keep track of the cos and
    sin parts separately.

    Complex numbers are used in order to distinguish between sine and
    cosine signals. The convention is that the imaginary part corresponds
    to sine, and real part corresponds to cosine. If BOTH sine and cosine
    transformed to del(w-w0) (as you seem to think they should), there
    would be no way to distinguish between sine and cosine in the frequency

    As for the negative frequencies: it's more mathematical slight-of-hand.
    The complex coefficients on the transform are such that, when you add
    the positive and negative frequency parts, you are left with a
    real-valued function. Which the original time-domain signal must be.

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