Laplace Transform, Initial and Final Value
Sometimes it may only be necessary to find the behaviour of a function at
small and/or large times without finding an explicit expression for the
inverse of the Laplace Transform. This is particularly so when the
Laplace Transform may be an involved expression. To find the behaviour
of f(t) for small times the INITIAL VALUE THEOREM shown below may be used.
This implies that the small time behaviour is dominated by high frequencies
or poles far from the real s axis.
To find the behaviour of f(t) for large times, the FINAL VALUE THEOREM
shown below may be used. This implies that the long time behaviour is
determined by low frequencies or poles close to or on the real s axis.
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