Description of Course Goals and CurriculumFourier Analysis is a class about the theory of Fourier Analysis and its application to other mathematical concepts. The class will go through all of the steps that lead to the establishment of this theory and prove them rigorously. There will be four big modules: Fourier sums, which is Fourier analysis of 2-periodic functions; Fourier transform, which is Fourier analysis of decaying functions on the real line; Fourier transform of functions on d-dimensions; Fourier analysis of functions on finite groups. Two main theorems will be recurring on each of these modules and most of the module will be concerned proving these two theorems. For each module there will also be applications, such as using Fourier analysis to solve PDE-s and the proof of the Dirichlet theorem, which says that "in every progression of the from qk + b, k = 1, 2, 3.., q and b coprime, there are infinitely many prime numbers". Dirichlet's theorem takes a chapter to prove and is a very interesting and powerful example of the combination of number theory and Fourier Analysis. Besides equipping the students with an in-depth knowledge of the theory of Fourier Analysis, in this class you learn about some very important pde-s such as the wave equation and the heat equation and develop skills that will help you in other analysis classes.
Learning From Classroom InstructionProf. Ionescu gives very detailed proofs in his lectures. He never "talks over" parts of the proof, but writes everything on the board. This type of lecturing makes it possible to take very detailed notes and to understand almost all of the material in class or after reading the notes. During class he asks for student participation, mostly by asking questions about proofs we have done before. Therefore a good practice is to read some of your previous notes before lecture, as it will help both the memorization of the material and class participation.
Learning For and From AssignmentsThis class has six problem sets, a midterm and a final exam.
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External ResourcesThe textbook, written by Professor Stein, provides everything that you need to know about the class and more.
What Students Should Know About This Course For Purposes Of Course SelectionIt should be noted that this class will not include "real world" applications of Fourier Analysis, but only applications to other mathematical concepts. There is an ELE class that teaches the more tangible applications, if that is what you are looking for. This class can be used as a departmental to fulfill the Real Analysis requirement for math students.
Analysis I: Fourier Series and Partial Differential Equations