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Reverse economization of Chebyshev series

Suppose I have some function which is represented as converging series of Chebyshev polynomials of first kind in $[-1;1]$: $$ f(x)=\sum\limits_{n=1}^\infty a_n T_{2n}(x) $$ I need to transform this ...
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Density of polynomials in $\cos t$ in $\mathcal{C}^0([0,\pi],\mathbb{R})$

I'm looking at the Fourier cosine transform, and as a preliminary I have to show that every $f$ in $\mathcal{C}^0([0,\pi],\mathbb R)$ is the uniform limit of a sequence of functions of the form $t\to ...
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Why is $\tan 3 + \pi$ a near-integer? [closed]

When playing with my calculator I found that $$\tan 3 + \pi \approx 3$$ Is there a mathematical reason for this?
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Something similar to the bizarre Koide formula?

In 1981, Koide found the empirical relation, $$\frac{m_e+m_\mu+m_\tau}{\big(\sqrt{m_e}+\sqrt{m_\mu}+\sqrt{m_\tau}\big)^2} = 0.666659\dots\approx \frac{2}{3}\tag1$$ where $m$ are the masses of the ...
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Find the linearization of the function at 0

The problem asks: Find the linearization of $f(x)= \sqrt{a+bx} $ at $0$ To get all parts of $L(x) \approx f(c) - f'(c)(x-c)$ I've done: $$f(0) = \sqrt{a}$$ $$f'(0) = {b\over 2\sqrt{a}} $$ Now: ...
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Find alternative shortest paths given extra properties

This is a follow-up question for a question I asked at here. The problem is mapped to a graph with say non-negative weights on edges (no preference if it can be directed or not). However, along with a ...
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Interpolating sequence problem.

Below is a question which I cannot quite figure out. Any tips would help appreciated!I've been working on this for about a month. "Let $(z_j)$ be a sequence of distinct points in a domain $D$ that ...
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Taylor expansion of this electric field

I'm trying to determine what happens when R>>z for the below equation $\frac{z\sigma}{2\varepsilon }\left ( \frac{1}{z}-\frac{1}{\sqrt{R^{2}+z^{2}}} \right )$ Like most books, which is a great ...
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Minimal error given when making an approximation of $f(x)$ by sines and cosines

I am studying by myself Fourier analysis and have encountered the following problem: We are trying to approximate a function by a finite sum of sines and cosines with general constant coeficients: ...
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Approximating $x=\sqrt{2}+1$

Suppose $y>1$ is some approximation to $x=\sqrt{2}+1$. Give a brief reason (not a proof) why one should expect $(1/y)+2$ to be a closer approximation to $x$ than $y$ is. After testing this ...
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Show a bound on the error

Suppose $g \in C[a,b]$, and $M(b-a) < 1$, and let $y$, $y_N$ $\in C[a,b]$ be the unique solutions of the equations, $y = g + Ky$ and $y_N = g + K_N y_N$. $y_N$ has been previously defined as an ...
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A simple approximation algorithm?

I'm not sure if this method works perfect, but I have found it to work in approximating things easily, that is, you need no more than simple algebra to understand this method. Suppose you are trying ...
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How can I prove two empirically derived graphs are topologically equivalent?

I have two graphs that I've derived from an empirical data set and I suspect that they're topologically equivalent. It seems much easier to show that these graphs are not equivalent than to show that ...
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approximation of a trigonometric sum

I have a trigonometric sum as below $$\frac{1}{N^2}\sum_{r=0}^{N-1}\frac{\sin^2(\pi e)}{\sin^2(\frac{\pi(r-n+e))}{N})}\frac{\cos^2(\frac{\pi(Ne-e-r+n)}{N})}{\cos^2(\frac{\pi(Ne-e)}{N})}$$ and I want ...
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A series to prove $\frac{22}{7}-\pi>0$

After T. Piezas answered Is there a series to show $22\pi^4>2143\,$? a natural question is Is there a series that proves $\frac{22}{7}-\pi>0$? One such series may be found combining ...
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About Taylor series

Suppose $f(0) = 0, f'(0) = 2, f''(0) = −1$ and $|f''' (x)| ≤ 0.024$ for $0 ≤ x ≤ 2$. Estimate $f(1)$ to $4$ significant figures by using a Taylor polynomial. Compute a good bound for the absolute ...
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Is $\pi^k$ any closer to its nearest integer than expected?

Particular questions such as Why is $\pi$ so close to $3$? or Why is $\pi^2$ so close to $10$? may be regarded as the first two cases of the question sequence Why is $\pi^k$ so close to its nearest ...
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Another way to calculate $\cos(x)$ and $\cosh (x)$

I usually don't see any expressions for approximate calculation of trigonometric functions aside from their Taylor series. But Taylor series work better for small angles, so in general they are not ...
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Is there a series to show $22\pi^4>2143\,$?

This extends this post. I. For $\pi^3$: $$\pi^6-31^2 =\sum_{k=0}^\infty\left(-\frac{63}{(2k+2)^6}+\frac{31^2}{(2k+3)^6}\right) =\sum_{k=0}^\infty P_1(k)\tag1$$ As pointed out by J. Lafont, when ...
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Approximating $\prod_{r=s}^t (1-b/r)$

I am currently trying to place an order of precision on the approximation $$\prod_{r=s}^t \left(1-\frac{b}{r}\right) \approx \left(\frac{s}{t}\right)^b$$ This follows because $$\prod_{r=s}^t ...
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Best Approximate Solution of Heat Equation (Diffusive Logistic Equation)

If $u(x,t) \ge 0$ in the domain $ (0 \times 1) \times (0,\infty)$, find a function that caps the value of $u(x,t)$ in the region $(0 \times 1) \times (0,T)$. $u(x,t)$ is a solution of the following ...
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Searching an Approximation Formula for Two Parameters

I have an algorithm with two parameters ($p_1$ and $p_2$) and one result ($x$). Interesting (for me) parameters and results are: ...
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How to find approximate value of $1.01e^{1.01({0.99) }^2} $?

I want to find the approximate value of $1.01e^{1.01({0.99) }^2}$ by using derivative. I tried choosing x=1 and $\delta x=0.01$ it didnt work. How can I start?
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A monotonically increasing series for $\pi^6-961$ to prove $\pi^3>31$

This question is motivated by Why is $\pi$ so close to $3$?, Why is $\pi^2$ so close to $10$? and Proving $\pi^3 \gt 31$. I. $\pi$ and $\pi^2$ There are series with all terms positive for ...
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Continuity of Monte-Carlo simulations with uniformly distributed input parameters

Suppose a continuous and monotone function $f:\mathbb{N} \times \mathbb{N} \rightarrow \mathbb{N}$ to be given. So, in the general case, if I slightly change parameters $a$ and $b$, the function ...
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Finding a root approach with a polynomial

So, i'm solving last's year's exams in Mathematical Analysis and i've found one interesting. It says: The equation $e^{-4x}=5x^2$ has one root close to (nearby) 0. By approaching $e^{-4x}$(close to ...
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Find required degree of Maclaurin polynomial to estimate the cosine to two decimal places

I have a question where I am asked to find the amount of terms required in a Maclaurin polynomial to estimate $\cos(1)$ to be correct to two decimal places. So far what I have done is used Taylor's ...
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Why is $\pi^2$ so close to $10$?

Noam Elkies explained why $\pi^2=9.8696...$ is so close to $10$ using an inequality on Euler's solution to Basel problem $$\frac{\pi^2}{6}=\sum_{k=0}^{\infty} \frac{1}{\left(k+1\right)^2}$$ to form ...
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Proof that $\frac{2}{3} < \log(2) < \frac{7}{10}$

Positive integrals $$\int_{0}^{1}\frac{2x(1-x)^2}{1+x^2}dx=\pi-3$$ and $$\int_0^1\frac{x^4(1-x)^4}{1+x^2}dx=\frac{22}{7}-\pi $$ (http://math.stackexchange.com/a/1618454/134791) prove that ...
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approximating random variable

Can anyone explain the construction of the sequence of simple random variables that can be approximated to any random variable? $ X_n(\omega)=\sum_{k=0}^{n2^{n}} k2^{-n}$ where $\, k2^{-n} \leq ...
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Mixing Fuzzy Logic and Probabilistic interpretation of a dataset

A probabilistic data cloud is a set $M$ of data points $\{m_i\}_i$, where each data point $m_i$ is associated to an event $E_i$ expressing the set of the occurrences of $m_i$ in any possible ...
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small amplitude oscillation of rotating system.

I've solved the euler-lagrange equation for a frictionless bead on circular vertical loop of radius a where the loop is rotating at $\Omega$ to get the equation of motion for the bead as ...
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functional analysis (Faedo Galerkin Method)

if \begin{equation} \left\{ \begin{array}{l} (u^{0\nu },u^{1\nu },v^{0\nu },v^{1\nu },p^{0\nu },q^{0\nu }) \rightarrow (u^{0},u^{1},v^{0},v^{1},p^{0},q^{0}) \\ \text{strongly in } (H^1_\gamma \cap ...
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Is there a section of mathematics that studies near-integer equations.

When I saw: $$e^\pi-\pi \approx 20$$ I thought it was pretty cool. And : $$\pi^3 \approx 31$$ So now the thought comes to me is what positive integer value of $n$ will make the expression: ...
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A series related to $\pi\approx 2\sqrt{1+\sqrt{2}}$

This question follows a suggestion by Tito Piezas in Is there an integral or series for $\frac{\pi}{3}-1-\frac{1}{15\sqrt{2}}$? Q: Is there a series by Ramanujan that justifies the approximation ...
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Determining the minimal number of terms to use in a sum to approximate a number given a tolerance

In page 33-34 of Numerical Analysis by Burden & Faires an algorithm was given to compute the minimal value of $N$ for which $$|\ln{1.5}-P_N(1.5)|<10^{-5}\tag{1}$$,where ...
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Which approximation should I use?

I have a function $ k(x,y)$, and I want to approximate it for low values of x and y. $k(x,y) = \dfrac{a^3-ax^2-x^3+a^2x+ay^2-xy^2}{a^3-ax^2+x^3-a^2x+ay^2+xy^2}$ With $ a>>x, a>>y $ ...
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Is $e^{-r/2}$ equivalent to $r^{-(l+1)}$ in the radial solution of Laplace equation?

When we solve the Laplace equation for Hydrogen Wave Equation at large r, we obtain the expression below to account for the behavior of the wave at very very large $r$ $$R=e^{-(r/2)}$$ At very small ...
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Approximating a sum of reciprocals

What is a good approximation for the function: $$S_{N,k} = \sum_{i=N}^\infty {\frac{1}{i^k}}$$ when $k$ is a given constant (2, 3 or 4) and $N$ is large? $S_{N,k}$ is a decreasing function of $N$; ...
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When is right to kill $r^l$ and/or $r^{(-l-1)}$?

When we solve the Laplace equation in spherical polar coordinate, we get the radial part whose solution is: $$R=Ar^l+Br^{-(l+1)}$$ Now, some solutions keep this two terms, but when we derive the ...
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Simpler derivation to $\pi$ [closed]

I'm an amateur in mathematics, being in 9th grade. I have been trying to derive $\pi$. During this I reached a limit to find the value of $\pi$. $$\lim_{x \to 0} \frac{180\sin x}{x}$$ Where $x$ is in ...
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Continuous/interpolating alternative to order of magnitude?

Define $\operatorname{magnitude}\left(x\right) = 10 ^ { \lfloor \log_{10} x \rfloor }$ and $\operatorname{magnitude'}\left(x\right) = 10 ^ { \lfloor \log_{10} x \rceil }$ Currently I'm using this ...
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Which function to kill: Sine or Cos?

I got an equation which was a solution to some familiar Differential Equation I am solving, the solution takes the form of: $$V=Ce^{-ix}$$ but $$Ce^{-ix}=A\cos(x)+B\sin(x)$$ so ...
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Calculating ${(0.9)}^{\left(0.6\right)}$ with an approximation of ${10}^{\left(-4\right)}$

I'm having extreme difficulties understanding how to use Lagrange theorem to find an approximation. So far for my series I have: $$(1+(-x))^\frac{3}{5}= ...
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Sum Calculation: $\sum_{n=1}^\infty \left(1- \frac{\cosh^{-1} n}{\log 2x}\right)$

I was investigating the asymptotic properties of the $\cosh$ functions and how they all strongly relate to $e^x$ In my studying, I found out that $\cosh x\sim \frac{e^x}{2}$ By that definition, that ...
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What approximations for the Gamma function's inverse appear to work 'best'?

So I was wondering how we approximate the inverse of the Gamma function, where I tried a few methods: Lagrange inversion theorem: $$\Gamma^{-1}(z)=a+\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\lim_{w\to ...
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Is there an integral or series for $\frac{\pi}{3}-1-\frac{1}{15\sqrt{2}}$?

The approximation $$\pi\approx\frac{22}{7}=3+\frac{1}{7}$$ suggests that the closest integer to $\frac{1}{\left(\pi-3\right)}$ is $7$. However, $$ \frac{1}{\left(\pi-3\right)^2}\approx49.879 $$ is ...
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QR(pivot) vs SVD for low rank approximation

Define the low rank problem as finding the approximation of matrix A, B: where we want to minimize rank(B) and we want the 2 norm of the residu of A-B to be less than epsilon. Could someone help me ...
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Error when approximating $\int_0^{1}(x^{2}+x)dx$ with midpoint rule.

Task is to define the exact error when approximating $\int_0^{1}(x^{2}+x)dx$ with midpoint rule using n subintervals. I know the error term is $E(f)=\frac{1}{24}(b-a)f^{''}(\varepsilon)h^{2}$ but im ...
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Bound for $\log { \binom{n}{i}}$?

(1) Are there better (smaller; tighter) bounds for $\log { \binom{n}{i}}$, than $O(n \log n )$? (2) Under what conditions $O(i \log n)$ is a good bound? Clearly this bound should be in a way that it ...