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What is Fourier Analysis: Fourier Analysis is a vast area of mathematics which originated in early 19th century with study of physical phenomena such as heat conduction and waves. Some aspects of Fourier Analysis are indispensable in virtually any area of science and engineering.

Material to be covered: In principle, chapters 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7 and elements of chapter 8 of the textbook, not necessarily in that order. Roughly speaking, this involves a relatively elementary discussion of Fourier series and transforms. (See also the official Course Description.) Depending on the audience, we may start with a motivational discussion of boundary value problems (which used to be, but are not now, covered in Math 224). Later in the semester - even though this is not the main object of the course - we shall look at the connections to Sampling (a la signal processing), Fast Fourier Transform and Wavelets.

Computing & CWRUnet: This is not a course about computational or numerical aspects of Fourier Analysis, but some of the topics or concepts shall be presented using mathematical software like Matlab, Mathematica or Maple (available on CWRUnet) and some assignments will be most easily done with a computer. Additionally, I expect most of the 'out of class' course related communications to occur over the Internet. (If you are reading this on WWW, that should not be a problem.)

Grades: Your Final Grade in the course will be based on Attendance/Homework/Class Participation (30%), two take-home Exams (Midterm and Final, 20% & 30%) and a Presentation (20%).

Midterm and Final Exams: A set of problems to work out on your own over a 48/72 hours period.

Presentation: A 30-45 minutes presentation of a topic not covered in detail in class. There may be extra credit if you choose a tough one.

Homework: There will be homework assigned approximately once per week, due the following week. Discussing the assignments is allowed, but everybody is responsible for 'verbalizing' and writing up their solutions. These assignments are not expected to be 'too substantial'.

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