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Fourier series

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noun Mathematics.
  1. an infinite series that involves linear combinations of sines and cosines and approximates a given function on a specified domain.
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Origin of Fourier series

First recorded in 1875–80; see origin at Fourier analysis
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British Dictionary definitions for fourier series

Fourier series

  1. an infinite trigonometric series of the form 1/2 a 0 + a 1 cos x + b 1 sin x + a 2 cos 2 x + b 2 sin 2 x + …, where a 0, a 1, b 1, a 2, b 2 … are the Fourier coefficients . It is used, esp in mathematics and physics, to represent or approximate any periodic function by assigning suitable values to the coefficients
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fourier series in Science

Fourier series

  1. An infinite series whose terms are constants multiplied by sine and cosine functions and that can, if uniformly convergent, approximate a wide variety of functions.
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