Harmonics question

Jim Johnson jamos at technotoys.com
Tue May 19 23:36:12 CEST 1998

A square wave is made up of all odd harmonics - 3, 5, 7, etc, in amplitude
ratios of 1/n. In other words, the 3rd harmonic has 1/3 the amplitude of
the fundamental, etc. The triangle is similar, but I think the amplitude
ratio is 1/n squared.

Since there are no even harmonics, there are no octaves present in the
square wave.

Jim Johnson 
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On 5/19/98, at 4:33 PM, Chris Prine  wrote: 

>I understand that a square wave is made up of sine waves, but what are the
>exact frequencies that the harmonics oscillate at?  For example, if you
>have a square wave at 130Hz are all the harmonics octaves up and down from
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