Math 472/572 - Fourier analysis and wavelets


Fall 2019

This class is cross-listed as:

Here are quick links to the homework, and to the textbook.

Here is a very well made video about Fourier series recommended by my former PhD student David Weirich.

This course is an introduction to Fourier Analysis and Wavelets. It has been specifically designed for engineers, scientists, statisticians and mathematicians interested in the basic mathematical ideas underlying Fourier analysis, wavelets and their applications.
This course integrates the classical Fourier theory with the theory of wavelets. Wavelets and Fourier analysis are invaluable tools for researchers in many areas of mathematics and the applied sciences, to name a few: signal processing, statistics, physics, differential equations, numerical analysis, geophysics, medical imaging, fractals, harmonic analysis, etc. It is their multidisciplinary nature that makes these theories so appealing.

Topics will include:

Numerical experiments are important to fully understand the scope of the theory. We will let the students explore this realm according to their interests. The use of some Wavelet Toolbox will be encouraged. There exists a WAVELAB 850 package which is Matlab based software designed by a team at Stanford and available for free on the Internet. MATLAB 7.12.0 is available in the Mathematics and Statistics Department Computer Laboratory.

Textbook: We will use a book that I wrote with my colleague Lesley Ward from University of South Australia. The book is called Harmonic Analysis: From Fourier to Wavelets , Student Mathematical Library Series, Volume 63, American Mathematical Society 2012. I appreciate all the feedback I can get from you in terms of typos, erratas, and possible improvements for the second edition! Here is a list of errata so far compiled.

Grades: Grades will be based on homeworks, projects and/or exams.

Prerequisites: Linear algebra and advanced calculus, or permission from the instructor.

Recommended Texts: The literature for Fourier Analysis and Wavelets is large, here you will find a commented list of texts
There is a wealth of information available at

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Last updated: August 20, 2019