Sinc function

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This article is about a particular function from a subset of the real numbers to the real numbers. Information about the function, including its domain, range, and key data relating to graphing, differentiation, and integration, is presented in the article.
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For functions involving angles (trigonometric functions, inverse trigonometric functions, etc.) we follow the convention that all angles are measured in radians. Thus, for instance, the angle of 90\,^\circ is measured as \pi/2.


This function, denoted \operatorname{sinc}, is defined as follows:

\operatorname{sinc} x := \left\lbrace \begin{array}{rl} 1, & x = 0 \\ \frac{\sin x}{x} & x \ne 0\end{array}\right.


Below is a graph of the function for the domain restricted to [-3\pi,3\pi]:


The picture is a little unclear, so we consider an alternative depiction of the graph where the x-axis and y-axis are scaled differently to make it clearer: