Search programme

​Use the search function to search amongst programmes at Chalmers. The study programme and the study programme syllabus relating to your studies are generally from the academic year you began your studies.

Syllabus for

Academic year
MVE030 - Fourier analysis  
Syllabus adopted 2015-02-20 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKTFY
6,0 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Chemical Engineering with Engineering Physics, Mathematics, Engineering Physics

Teaching language: Swedish

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0105 Examination 6,0 c Grading: TH   6,0 c   18 Mar 2016 am M,  05 Apr 2016 am M,  23 Aug 2016 am SB

In programs



Docent  Julie Rowlett

  Go to Course Homepage


In order to be eligible for a first cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme(s) that has the course included in the study programme.

Course specific prerequisites

Real analysis, Multivariable analysis, Linear algebra, Complex mathematical analysis.


The course introduces Fourier methods in the program. These methods are powerful mathematical tools in technology and science.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

The goal is to give the student a firm background in solution techniques for partial differential equations using separation of variables, eigenfunction and Fourier series expansions, as well as Fourier and Laplace transforms. Fourier methods usually lead to solutions in the form of trigonometric series or integrals like the Poisson integral. Based on the geometry of the physical domain and the character of the equation, the trigonometric functions in the series expansion can be replaced by other orthogonal systems, e.g. Bessel functions or Legendre, Hermite or Laguerre polynomials. These solution techniques are closely related to the theory of partial differntial equations, and to distribution theory. The course gives an introductory understanding of these fields; in particular the distribution derivative is treated.


The method of separation of variables. Trigonometric Fourier series and their convergence. Examples of initial and boundary value problems for partial differential equations: the heat equation, the wave equation, Laplace/Poisson's equation. Orthogonal systems of functions, completeness, Sturm-Liouville eigenvalue problems. Various solution techniques like homogenization, superposition and eigenfunction expansion. Bessel functions and orthogonal polynomials (Legendre, Hermite and Laguerre polynomials). Solution methods in spherical or cylindrical coordinates. Fourier transforms and their applications to partial differential equations. Signal analysis, discrete Fourier transforms and Fast Fourier transforms. Laplace transforms with applications. Short introduction to distributions and their derivatives.


The course is organized in lectures and exercises (about 5h/week of each). Computerized hand-in assignments may occur. The course and the examination coincide for the programs F and Kf.


G.B. Folland: Fourier Analysis and Its Applications. Wadsworth & Brooks/Cole, Pacific Grove 1992, essentially Chapters 1-8, plus some additional material.


Written exam with about 6 problems and 2 theory questions (5 hours).

Page manager Published: Mon 28 Nov 2016.