Laplace Transform of Constant Multiple

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Let $f$ be a function such that $\LL f$ exists.

Let $\laptrans {\map f t} = \map F s$ denote the Laplace transform of $f$.

Let $\map F s$ denote $\laptrans {\map f t}$.

Let $a \in \C$ or $\R$ be constant.


$a \laptrans {\map f {a t} } = \map F {\dfrac s a}$


\(\ds a \laptrans {\map f {a t} }\) \(=\) \(\ds a \int_0^{\to + \infty} e^{-s t} \map f {a t} \rd t\) Definition of Laplace Transform
\(\ds \) \(=\) \(\ds a \paren {\frac 1 a} \int_0^{\to + \infty} e^{-s t} \map f {a t} \rd \paren {a t}\) Primitive of Function of Constant Multiple
\(\ds \) \(=\) \(\ds \int_0^{\to + \infty} e^{-u a t} \map f {a t} \rd \paren {a t}\) where $u = \dfrac s a$
\(\ds \) \(=\) \(\ds \int_0^{\to + \infty} e^{-u a t} \map f {a t} \rd \paren {a t}\)
\(\ds \) \(=\) \(\ds \map F u\) Definition of Laplace Transform
\(\ds \) \(=\) \(\ds \map F {\dfrac s a}\)


Also presented as

This result can also be given as:

$\laptrans {\map f {a t} } = \dfrac 1 a \map F {\dfrac s a}$

Also known as

This property of the Laplace transform operator is sometimes seen referred to as the change of scale property.


Example $1$

$\laptrans {\sin 3 t} = \dfrac 3 {s^2 + 9}$