Hi! I need to show that

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- Sep 22nd 2010, 01:54 AMDavidErikssonCompute a sum
Hi! I need to show that

for . - Sep 22nd 2010, 06:08 AMOpalg
This looks like the sort of sum that arises in Fourier theory, so I looked for a function that might have this as its Fourier series.

Let , and define a function by

Make f into an odd function on the interval by defining Notice that when

Since f is odd, its Fourier cosine coefficients will all be 0. The sine coefficients will be given by

Grind out thtose integrals, using integration by parts as necessary. You will find that if n is odd, and if n is even. The function f is continuous and piecewise smooth, so it is the sum of its Fourier series. Therefore

Now put and to see that That's close enough to the answer that I needn't continue.