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Abstract Title: The Path to Fourier Analysis through Intuition Building
Abstract: Fourier analysis is generally considered one of the most challenging mathematical concepts.  Fourier series are typically introduced analytically in electricity and magnetism using "Fourier's trick."  Later Fourier transforms are introduced in other areas such as quantum mechanics.  Fourier analysis and related concepts such as reciprocal space are often hard to digest for students and faculty.  Using computational tools Fourier transforms can be calculated without much mathematical background and the results can be verified experimentally using diffraction experiments.  With this pathway, the students can build an intuition for this mathematically complex systems.  The implementation in a four year curriculum is presented here.
Abstract Type: Poster

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Primary Contact: Jenny Magnes
Vassar College

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