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Laplace Transforms – Translation Theorems
Department of Mathematics, Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH 1
By definition, the Laplace transform of  is
L  =




= 
Some of the most common transforms are:
L


1

=
1

L





=

!




L





=
1




L


sin


=



+

L


sinh


=



L


cos


=



+

L


cosh


=



These are obtained from the definition by integrating by parts. In each of these transforms, the
expression in the bracket is  and the result on the right side is .

First Translation Theorem
If we seek the Laplace transform of






, an exponential multiple of 



, then
L





=

 
 =  −



This result is known as the First Translation Theorem, so called because 

 −

translates the graph of
 “” units to the right (if  > 0), or “||” units to the left (if  < 0). The notation for the theorem is
L







= L




|

→ 
*
= 


|

→ 
*
= 

 −


where “ → −” means “s” in 



is replaced by “ −”.

Example
: Consider L


+

,

. Here, a = 5 and  = 
,
. Then,
L 

+

,
 =
*L 
,
|
→ +
=
*
6!

/
0
→ +
=
720

 −5

/

Example
: Consider L


cos 3

. Here, a = -1 and 



= cos 3. Then,
L 

cos 3 = L cos 3|
→ 
*
=
*



+9
6
→ 
=
 +1

 +1


+9

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Taking the inverse of a Laplace Transform, that is, L




, will return the original function 



.
For example:
L


7
1

8
=
1
L


7

!




8
=


L


7
1



8
=



L


7



+

8
=
sin


L


7



8
=
sinh


L


9



+

:
=
cos

L


9



:
=
cosh


Example
: Find L

9


;
:
.
L

7
1

,
8
=
1
5!
L

7
5!

,
8
=
1
5!

+
=

+
5!

Example
: Find L

9
,

<
+
:.
L

7
2 −6


−5
8
= L

7
2


−5
8
−L

7
6


−5
8
= 2 L

9



−5
:

6
√5
L

>
√5


−5
?
= 2cosh√5
 −
6
√5
sinh√5


Inverse Form of the First Translation Theorem
Since L 


 = L |
→ 
= |
→ 
=  −,
**
taking the inverse we get
L

 − = L

|
→
=


.
*
Here “ − →” means that “ −” is replaced by “”.

Example
: Find L

9
A



<
A
<
:.
L

7

 +2

+

8 = L

*7



+

80
 →
=

sin
Example
: Find L

9

 B
C
:.
L

7
1
 −3
D
8 =
1
3!
L

7
3!
 −3
D
8 =
1
3!
L

*7
3!

D
80
B→
=

B

B
3!

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Second Translation Theorem
If  − is multiplied by the unit step function U −, the transform is changed to


.
Alternatively, if E is multiplied by the unit step function U −, the transform is changed to


L E +. That is,
L  −U − =



L EU − =


L E +

This is known as the Second Translation Theorem.
Example
: Evaluate L

 −3

U −3

.
 = 3, = 

, = L




=
2!

B
→ L

 −3

U −3

=
2

B

B

Example
: Evaluate L  −3

U −3 using the alternative method.
 = 3,E =  −3

,E +3 = 

→ L  −3

U −3 =

B
L 

 =
2

B

B

Inverse Form of the Second Translation Theorem
The inverse form of the Second Translation Theorem is
L






=  −U −

Example
: Find L

9
F
G<H

I
:.
12
L

7
2

B
8 =
12


=
12
 −2

→ L

>


B
?=
12
 −2

U −2

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Exercises:
1.
L



B

sin
2



5.
L





2

B

U



2



2.
L






3

B


6.
L


7




+
1

8

3. L





2

U



2


7. L


J

K



+
1
L

4.
L



B

U



3



1.
2


+
3


+
4
5.
6




1

D

2.
3
!



1

D

12



1

B
+
12



1


8



1

6.
U



1






U



1


3.



7.


cos


U
O


π
2
Q

4.

B


+
1