# What is the Fourier Function of Matlab doing?

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Niklas Kurz il 15 Gen 2021
Commentato: Walter Roberson il 16 Gen 2021
Hidden in the Matlab basic functions I discovered
fourier(f)
existst. This seems useful I thought, because It applies the fourier-transform to the function f by calculating the complex integral.
But how can I take use of that? I thought, by doing the transform, I can simply plot it:
syms x
FT = fourier(x^2)
fplot(FT)
isn't doing much. Is there a misunderstanding at the root?
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Walter Roberson il 15 Gen 2021
syms x w
FT(w) = fourier(x^2, x, w)
FT(w) = FT(-1), FT(0), FT(1)
ans =
0
ans = ans =
0
fplot(FT) The empty plot is to be expected as the value is 0 everywhere exact at w = 0 exactly, where it is -infinity .
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Walter Roberson il 16 Gen 2021
No, that is not correct. The fourier transform is an infinite integral https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourier_transform#Definition
The Fourier Transform is the infinite case of the Fourier Series https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourier_Series#Definition
With the fourier transform being an infinite integral, there are some cases where the value of the entire integral is known; this happens to be one of them.

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