Primitive of Periodic Function

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Let $f: \R \to \R$ be a real function.

Let $F$ be a primitive of $f$ that is bounded on all of $\R$.

Let $f$ be periodic with period $L$.

Then $F$ is also periodic with period $L$.


Let $f$ be periodic with period $L$.

Let $f$ have a primitive $F$ that is bounded on all of $\R$.

By definition of a periodic function, it is seen that $f \left({x}\right) = f \left({x + L}\right)$.


$\displaystyle \int f \left({x}\right) \, \mathrm d x$


$\displaystyle \int f \left({x + L}\right) \, \mathrm d x$

are both primitives of the same function.

So by Primitives which Differ by Constant:

\(\displaystyle \int f \left({x}\right) \, \mathrm d x + C\) \(=\) \(\displaystyle \int f \left({x + L}\right) \, \mathrm d x\)
\(\displaystyle \) \(=\) \(\displaystyle \int f \left({x + L}\right) \, \frac {\mathrm d \left({x + L}\right)}{\mathrm d x} \, \mathrm d x\) $\dfrac {\mathrm d\left({x + L}\right)}{\mathrm d x} = 1$
\(\displaystyle \) \(=\) \(\displaystyle \int f \left({x + L}\right) \, \mathrm d \left({x + L}\right)\) Integration by Substitution
\(\displaystyle \implies \ \ \) \(\displaystyle F \left({x}\right) + C\) \(=\) \(\displaystyle F \left({x + L}\right)\)

Suppose that $C \ne 0$.

Then it is to be shown that for all $k \in \N_{\gt 0}$:

$F \left({x}\right) + k C = F \left({x + k L}\right)$

The case for $k = 1$ has already been proven, so this will be proven by induction.

Suppose that for some $n \in \N_{\gt 0}$ we have:

$F \left({x}\right) + n C = F \left({x + n L}\right)$


\(\displaystyle F \left({x + \left({n + 1}\right) L}\right)\) \(=\) \(\displaystyle F \left({x + L + n L}\right)\)
\(\displaystyle \) \(=\) \(\displaystyle F \left({x + L}\right) + n C\) by the induction hypothesis
\(\displaystyle \) \(=\) \(\displaystyle F \left({x}\right) + \left({n + 1}\right) C\) by the base case


Holding $x$ fixed yields:

$\displaystyle \lim_{k \mathop \to \infty} \left\lvert{F \left({x + k L}\right)}\right\rvert = \lim_{k \mathop \to \infty} \left\lvert{F \left({x}\right) + k C}\right \rvert = \infty$

and so $F \left({x}\right)$ is unbounded.

But we had previously established that $F \left({x}\right)$ was bounded.

This is a contradiction, therefore $C = 0$ and so:

$F \left({x}\right) = F \left({x + L}\right)$

It has been shown that $F$ is periodic.


Let $L'$ be the period of $F$.

Suppose that $\left\lvert{L'}\right\rvert \lt \left\lvert{L}\right\rvert$.


\(\displaystyle F \left({x}\right)\) \(=\) \(\displaystyle F \left({x + L'}\right)\)
\(\displaystyle \implies \ \ \) \(\displaystyle F' \left({x}\right)\) \(=\) \(\displaystyle F' \left({x + L'}\right)\) Chain Rule
\(\displaystyle \implies \ \ \) \(\displaystyle f \left({x}\right)\) \(=\) \(\displaystyle f \left({x + L'}\right)\) Definition of Definition:Primitive of Real Function

But it was previously established that $L$ was the period of $f$.

This is a contradiction, therefore $L' = L$.

Hence the result.


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