Experiments with MS Excel: Effects of Bandlimiting – Sawtooth Waveform 

I used the following expression for a sawtooth waveform to first generate the waveform mathematically and then try and remove the higher harmonics to band limit the signal and study the effect band-limiting had on the shape of the signal.


The MS Excel file is attached here 

I set the Amplitude, A arbitrarily as 10 and the time frame from -10 to +10. Since I can’t possibly include infinite components I decided to go from k=1 to k=7 the expansion would then be as follows.



chart (1).png

This is the waveform for the signal with 6 harmonics.

Plotting the signal as I keep on cutting down on the number of components.

chart (8)

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The equation for the signal with only the 1st component would look like this:


And finally the band-limited signal: taking only the case: k=1 and neglecting all other higher harmonics.

=((A2/2)+((A2/3.14)*SIN(2*3.14*100*B2)))chart (2).png

This would be the effect of a filter that removes all the higher components from a sawtooth waveform i.e it is reduced to a sine wave.



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