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One of the definitive features of LTI systems is that they cannot generate any new frequencies which are not already present in their inputs. One way to see why this is so, comes by observing the output's Fourier transform $Y(\omega) = H(\omega)X(\omega)$ $$y(t)=\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}x(\tau)h(t-\tau)d\tau \longleftrightarrow Y(\omega)=X(\omega)H(\omega),$$ ...


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Yes, in some sense the definitions are different. I'll give you two points of view, the first one will support your keen observation, the other will provide evidence for the contrary. These two do not conflict with each other, it's a matter of semantics. If the second one confuses you stick with the first one. Prelude concluded, here goes. Problem ...


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You need to define what you mean by "invertible". Do you mean invertible by a causal and stable system? If yes, then any system that is not minimum-phase is not invertible (because the inverse system can't be causal and stable). Example of a system that cannot be inverted by a causal and stable system: a simple delay $y(t)=x(t-T)$, $T>0$, could only be ...


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Absolutely! Conjugates are mentioned in textbooks because conjugation has no effect on real signals, but it does on complex ones. This way, formulations are more general and apply to both real and complex valued signals. Complex numbers don't exist themselves, they are a mathematical construct. Having said that, their mathematical properties can be ...


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The elements building a lumped system are thought of being concentrated at singular points in space. The classical example is an electrical circuit with passive elements like resistor, inductance and capacitor. The physical quantities current and voltage are functions of time (only). E. g. the current at a capacitor with capacity $C$ is given by $$ i(t) = C\...


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All eigenfunctions of an LTI system can be described in terms of complex exponentials, and complex exponentials form a complete basis of the signal space. However, if you have a system that is degenerate, meaning you have eigensubspaces of dimension >1, then the eigenvectors to the corresponding eigenvalue are all linear combination of vectors from the ...


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Let $y_1(t)$ be the response to the signal $x_1(t)$: $$y_1(t)=x_1(-t)\tag{1}$$ Now let $x_2(t)$ be a shifted version of $x_1(t)$: $$x_2(t)=x_1(t-T)\tag{2}$$ The response to $x_2(t)$ is $$y_2(t)=x_2(-t)=x_1(-t-T)\tag{3}$$ If the system were time-invariant, its response to $x_2(t)$ should be a shifted version of its response to $x_1(t)$: $$y_2(t)=y_1(t-...


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You can make a simple algebraic argument, given the premise that you provided. If: $$ Y(\omega) = X(\omega) H(\omega) $$ where $X(\omega)$ is the spectrum of the input signal and $H(\omega$) is the frequency response of the system, then it's obvious that if there is some $\omega$ in the input signal for which $X(\omega) = 0$, then $Y(\omega) = 0$ as well; ...


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A time-invariant system is one that, when you shift the input signal, the output is shifted by the same amount. A system that reverses the signal cannot be time-invariant because when you shift the input, the output is shifted the other way. $k$ and $-k$ are not the same amount. $$ y[n-k] = x[k-n] = x[-n \mathbf{+} k] $$


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First it's important to realize that many authors use the terms zero-input response and natural response as synonyms. This convention is used in the corresponding wikipedia article, and for instance also in this book. Even Proakis and Manolakis are not entirely clear about it. In the book you quoted you can find the following sentence on page 97: [...] the ...


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The Fourier transform operator $\mathscr{F}$ is a linear one; i.e., $$\mathscr{F}\{x(t)\}=X(f) ~,~ \mathscr{F}\{y(t)\}=Y(f) \implies \mathscr{F}\{\alpha x(t) + \beta y(t) \} = \alpha X(f) + \beta Y(f)$$ And therefore the system that implements it will be linear. However time invariance, which is tested by the method $$\mathcal{T}\{x(t)\}=y(t) \implies \...


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I think you are constructing the convolution matrix incorrectly. Let's do an easy example with some numbers to see how it is constructed Let's imagine that youhave the following vectors of dimensions $M$ and $N$, And let's for the sake of it, say that $M = 5$ and $N = 4$ $\mathbf{a} = [a_{1},a_{2},a_{3},a_{4}]^{T}$ $\mathbf{b} = [b_{1},b_{2},b_{3},b_{4},...


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Note that a stable and causal continuous-time transfer function does not need to be strictly proper but only proper, i.e. the degree of the numerator does not exceed the degree of the denominator, but numerator and denominator degree can be equal. E.g. $$H(s)=\frac{as^2+bs+c}{s^2+ds+e}$$ can represent a causal and stable system, as long as its poles are in ...


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I agree with Peter K.'s answer, but I would like to add one important point: the two statements in the question are only true for causal systems. The most general statement about stability for LTI systems described by rational transfer function is: An LTI system with a rational transfer function is stable if the region of convergence (ROC) of its transfer ...


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If the derivative exists at the given point, then it doesn't matter if you look (infinitesimally) into the future or into the past, you can do both, because both will give the same result: $$x'(t)=\lim_{h\to 0}\frac{x(t+h)-x(t)}{h}=\lim_{h\to 0}\frac{x(t)-x(t-h)}{h}\tag{1}$$ So a differentiator can be (theoretically) implemented by a causal system. ...


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Linear convolution is the basic operation to calculate the output for any linear time invariant system given its input and its impulse response. Circular convolution is the same thing but considering that the support of the signal is periodic (as in a circle, hence the name). Most often it is considered because it is a mathematical consequence of the ...


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You have your definition of causality wrong. It's actually much simpler and much more intuitive. A causal system is a system in which the output does not depend on future values of the input. This property is not exclusive linear systems and can apply to systems in general. Here are a few examples to illustrate the point: Causal linear time-invariant system: ...


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It is important to realize that the terms lumped or distributed are not properties of the system itself. These properties are related to the size of the system compared to the wavelength of the voltages and currents passing through it. So a resistor is or isn't a lumped element (even though it is usually meant to be one), depending on the frequency of the ...


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A simpler version of Phonon's answer is as follows. Suppose that $y$ denotes the response of the system to the unit step function. Then, as discussed in this answer, in general, $y$ is the sum of scaled and time-delayed copies of the impulse response, and in this particular case, no scaling is required; only time delays. Thus, $$\begin{align} y[0] &= h[...


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It looks like your transfer function is correct, but there's a small mistake in your partial fraction expansion: $$H(s)=\frac{2}{(s+4)(s+2)}=\frac{1}{s+2}-\frac{1}{s+4}\tag{1}$$ The corresponding impulse response is $$h(t)=(e^{-2t}-e^{-4t})u(t)\tag{2}$$ The response to $x(t)=te^{-2t}u(t)$ is indeed most easily computed by solving the convolution integral:...


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The problem is that non-zero initial conditions cause a term in the output signal that does not depend on the input signal. This explains why a system with non-zero initial conditions can neither be linear nor time-invariant. A linear system must have a zero output for zero input. With non-zero initial conditions the output will generally be non-zero, even ...


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It depends on what exactly you mean by "invertible". In system theory, what is often meant is if there is a causal and stable system that can invert a given system, because otherwise there might be an inverse system but you can't implement it. For linear time-invariant systems there is a straightforward method, as mentioned in the comments by Robert Bristow-...


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The magnitude of that complex exponential is 1. Recall from complex algebra: any complex number can be expressed as $z = r e^{j \phi}$ where $|z|=r$ is its magnitude and $\arg z = \phi$ is the argument. Using this note that $$ |e^{-j\Omega \lambda}| = 1 $$ which is why it "disappeared".


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A necessary condition for invertibility is that any output has only one possible input (or injectivity, as proposed in comments). Since we are looking at counterexamples, we can look at when this condition is not satisfied. The null system, that turns every signal into a zero flat line, is not invertible, but a bit trivial. A system that computes a ...


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It is important to realize that due to the LTI property the response to an impulse $\delta(n)$ describes the system completely, because any input signal can be written as a weighted sum of shifted impulses: $$x(n)=\sum_kx(k)\delta(n-k)\tag{1}$$ Let $\mathcal{T}\{\cdot\}$ denote the system operator, so the response to a shifted impulse is $$\mathcal{T}\{\...


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As Dilip pointed out in the comment above, you can get the impulse response using the inverse Fourier transform. However, a slightly easier method might be to use the Laplace domain instead; it's more amenable to easy inverse transforming via transform tables. First, recall that the frequency response is really just the $s$-plane transfer function evaluated ...


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Both filters can be re-written in the form: \begin{equation} H(z) = \alpha ( 1 -2z^{-1} +z^{-2} ) \end{equation} Clearly, in the first case, $\alpha=-\frac{1}{3}$ and in the second $\alpha=-\frac{1}{4}$. In other words, the shape of the filter's frequency response is the same, the only difference is the scaling. I can think of two reasons of why the second ...


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Yes, this is equally true in the discrete systems case. The differentiation operation in this case is replaced to by first order difference. It don't think it has a universal symbol, but let's call it $D(\cdot)$. This operation is equivalent to filtering your signal with $y[n] = x[n] - x[n-1]$. Let's call this filter $d[n]$. I'm going to denote convolution ...


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A signal does not have the properties time-invariant, linear, stable, casual that you wish to ascribe to it; these are properties of systems. Properties of signals that might be of interest include bounded amplitude versus unbounded amplitude discrete amplitude versus continuous amplitude discrete-time versus continuous-time periodic versus nonperiodic ...


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