# Thread: Laplace Transform from definition

1. ## Laplace Transform from definition

Hi all,

I was wondering if someone could possibly give me a step by step guide on how the laplace transfomation of f(t) = 3 + 2e^-kt is given from definition? ie using

F(s) = integral of [ f(t) . e^-st dt ]?

I can work out the actual transform but I dont follow how its done using the principal above.

Thanks !

2. ## Re: Laplace Transform from definition

\displaystyle \begin{align*} F(s) &= \int_0^{\infty}{e^{-s\,t}\,f(t)\,dt} \\ &= \int_0^{\infty}{e^{-s\,t}\left(3 + 2e^{-k\,t}\right)dt} \\ &= \int_0^{\infty}{3e^{-s\,t} + 2e^{-\left(s + k\right)t}\,dt} \\ &= \lim_{\epsilon \to \infty}\left[ -\frac{3}{s}e^{-s\,t} - \frac{2}{s + k}e^{-\left(s + k\right)t} \right]_0^{\epsilon} \\ &= \lim_{\epsilon \to \infty}\left[ -\frac{3}{s}e^{-\epsilon \, s} - \frac{2}{s + k}e^{-\left( s + k \right)\epsilon } \right] - \left[ -\frac{3}{s}e^{-0t} - \frac{2}{s + k}e^{-\left(s + k\right)0} \right] \\ &= 0 - \left[ -\frac{3}{s} - \frac{2}{s + k}\right] \\ &= \frac{3}{s} + \frac{2}{s + k} \end{align*}

3. ## Re: Laplace Transform from definition

thank you ! did you generate this from a website or is this your own working?

4. ## Re: Laplace Transform from definition

Originally Posted by andyrobinson
thank you ! did you generate this from a website or is this your own working?
I did it myself...

5. ## Re: Laplace Transform from definition

Originally Posted by andyrobinson
Hi all,

I was wondering if someone could possibly give me a step by step guide on how the laplace transfomation of f(t) = 3 + 2e^-kt is given from definition? ie using

F(s) = integral of [ f(t) . e^-st dt ]?

I can work out the actual transform but I dont follow how its done using the principal above.

Thanks !
Any chance you're resitting 2nd year Mechanical Engineering maths at Glasgow Uni?