Questions about the properties of functions of the form $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}a_n x^n$, where the $a_n$ are real or complex numbers, and $x$ is real or complex (or more generally an element of a Banach algebra).

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Sum of Squares of Harmonic Numbers

Let $H_n$ be the $n^{th}$ harmonic number, $$ H_n = \sum_{i=1}^{n} \frac{1}{i} $$ Question: Calculate the following $$\sum_{j=1}^{n} H_j^2.$$ I have attempted a generating function approach but ...
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How to prove convergence of polynomials in $e$ (Euler's number)

These polynomials in $e$ converge to 2$$f(i)=e^i - i \sum_{k=1}^{i-1}\frac{(i-k)^{k-1}{e^{i-k}}{(-1)^{k+1}}}{k!}, \text{ where } i>1$$ This function goes to 2. I've calculated this with sage math ...
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Sum of the form $r+r^2+r^4+\dots+r^{2^k} = \sum_{i=1}^k r^{2^k}$

I am wondering if there exists any formula for the following power series : $$S = r + r^2 + r^4 + r^8 + r^{16} + r^{32} + ...... + r^{2^k}$$ Is there any way to calculate the sum of above series (if ...
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prove that $(1 + x)^\frac{1}{b}$ is a formal power series

How to prove that $(1 + x)^\frac{1}{b}$ (where $b$ is an integer) can be expressed as a formal power series without using Binomial theorem?
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any pattern here ? (revised 2)

for any positive number $k$, I have a $(k+1)*(k+1)$ matrix. I wonder if these matrices follow any "obvious" pattern. My goal is to guess the elements for matrix with $k=5$ and above (most probably in ...
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Ramanujan's approximation for $\pi$

In 1910, Srinivasa Ramanujan found several rapidly converging infinite series of $\pi$, such as $$ \frac{1}{\pi} = \frac{2\sqrt{2}}{9801} \sum^\infty_{k=0} \frac{(4k)!(1103+26390k)}{(k!)^4 396^{4k}}. ...
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Taylor expansion of $(1+x)^α$ to binomial series – why does the remainder term converge?

For $α ∈ ℝ$ the function $g_α \colon B_1(0) → ℝ, x ↦ (1+x)^α$ is $C^∞$ and $g_α^{(n)}(x) = n! \tbinom{α}{n}(1+x)^{α-n}$, where $\tbinom{α}{n} = \frac{α(α-1)\cdots(α-n+1)}{n!}$ is the generalized ...
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Estimate $\displaystyle\int_0^\infty\frac{t^n}{n!}e^{-e^t}dt$ accurately.

How can I obtain good asymptotics for $$\gamma_n=\displaystyle\int_0^\infty\frac{t^n}{n!}e^{-e^t}dt\text{ ? }$$ [This has been already done] In particular, I would like to obtain asymptotics that ...
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Convergence of differentiated power series

Consider $\displaystyle f(z)=\sum_{k=0}^\infty a_k z^k$ and suppose that $\displaystyle\sum_{n=0}^\infty f^{(n)}(0)$ converges. Prove that $\forall z \in \mathbb C, ...
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Evaluate the improper integral $ \int_0^1 \frac{\ln(1+x)}{x}\,dx $

I am trying to evaluate $$ \int_0^1 \frac{\ln(1+x)}{x}\,dx $$ I started by using the Taylor series for $\ln (1+x)$ $$\begin{align*} \int_0^1 \frac{\ln(1+x)}{x}\,dx &= ...
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Power series relation

Draks gave the identity, Higher Order Trigonometric Function $$\sum_{k=0}^\infty \frac{(-1)^k x^{km}}{(km)!}=\frac{1}{m}\sum_{k=0}^{m-1} \exp( e^{i\frac{2k+1}{m}\pi}x )$$ How can this be proven?
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Abel limit theorem

I would like to know if the Abel limit theorem works if the limit is infinite. Let the series $\sum_{k=0}^\infty a_k x^k$ have radius of convergence 1. Assume further that $\sum_{k=0}^\infty a_k = ...
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Asymptotic expansion of $J(t) = \int^{\infty}_{0}{\exp(-t(x + 4/(x+1)))}\, dx$

I want to derive an asymptotic expansion for the following Bessel function. I think I need to rewrite it in another form, from which I can integrate it by parts. I am interested in obtaining the ...
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The Power of Taylor Series

I am teaching a Calculus class and we are finishing up power/Taylor series this week. The last section of the chapter is on applications, but the only ones listed there are approximating non-rational ...
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Can the the radius of convergence increase due to composition of two power series?

When composing power series, is the radius of convergence the minimum of that of the individual series, or is it like for multiplication and addition of power series where the resultant radius of ...
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Real-analytic $f(z)=f(\sqrt z) + f(-\sqrt z)$?

Are there nonconstant real-analytic functions $f(z)$ such that $$ f(z)=f(\sqrt z) + f(-\sqrt z)$$ is satisfied near the real line ? Also can such functions be entire ? And/Or can they be periodic ...
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Expressing the area of the image of a holomorphic function by the coefficients of its expansion

I have the following problem. Let $f:D\to \mathbb C$ be a holomorphic function, where $D=\{z:|z|\leq 1\}.$ Let $$f(z)=\sum_{n=0}^\infty c_nz^n.$$ Let $l_2(A)$ denote the Lebesgue measure of a set ...
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Series of inverses of binomial coefficients

Can you think of a simple way of proving that $$ \sum_{n=k+1}^\infty \frac{1}{n \choose k} $$ is rational for any $k \geq 2$? Here's the background. Consider a series: $$ \sum_{n=1}^\infty ...
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Is there a generalization of the fundamental theorem of algebra for power series?

Given the similarity between polynomials and power series, I was wondering if there is any generalization of the fundamental theorem of algebra for power series. I understand that it doesn't make much ...
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What would be the radius of convergence of $\sum\limits_{n=0}^{\infty} z^{3^n}$?

I know how to find the radius of convergence of a power series $\sum\limits_{n=0}^{\infty} a_nz^n$, but how does this apply to the power series $\sum\limits_{n=0}^{\infty} z^{3^n}$? Would the ...
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Geometric series with polynomial exponent

I came accross this series: $\sum_{i=p}^{n}{e^{-i(d+i)}}$ with $d \in \mathbb{R}^+$ This looks like a geometric series but it is not. How do I compute its limit when $n \rightarrow +\infty$ ? Which ...
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Why does the taylor series of $\ln (1 + x)$ only approximate it for $-1<x \le 1$?

I'm looking for an intuitive understanding instead of a formal proof. Thanks for the help.
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the sum of a series

I am stuck on the computation of the following sum: $$\sum_{k=0}^{\infty} {\Big( {\frac{q}{k+1}} \Big)}^k ,$$ where $k$ is a natural number, and $0<q<1$.
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Prove that if $\sum a_k z_1^k$ converges, then $\sum a_k z^k$ also converges, for $|z|<|z_1|$

Show that if a power-series converges for any value of $z_{0}$ of $z$, it will be absolutely convergent for all values of $z$ whose representation points are within a circle which passes through ...
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Solution of $y''+xy=0$

The differential equation $y''+xy=0$ is given. Find the solution of the differential equation, using the power series method. That's what I have tried: We are looking for a solution of the form ...
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A question regarding power series expansion of an entire function [duplicate]

Let $f$ be an entire function and let for each $a\in \mathbb R$, there exists at least one coefficient $c_n$ in $f(z)=\sum\limits_{n=0}^{\infty}c_n(z-a)^n$, which is zero. Then $f^{(n)}(0)=0$ for ...
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Existence of a power series converging non-uniformly to a continuous function

I am wondering whether there exist a function $f(z) = \sum_{n\geq0} a_n z^n$ such that: $f$ converges and is continuous on the closed unit disk $D$ and the series $\sum_n a_n z^n$ does not converge ...
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Power Series with the coefficients $n!/(n^n)$

I'd be grateful if someone could tell me how to obtain the convergence radius of the aforementioned power series. Or, by Cauchy Hadamard, the limit of $(n!/(n^n))^{(1/n)}$ as n approaches infinity. ...
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Sum up to number $N$ using $1,2$ and $3$

So the question asked was finding out the number of ways(combinations), a given number $N$ can be formed using the sum of $1,2$ or $3$. (eg) For $n = 8$, the answer is $10$ The given solution for ...
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Power series summation [closed]

Trying to find the sum of the following infinite series: $$ \displaystyle\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{{(-1)}^{n-1}}{(2n-1)3^{n-1}}$$ Any ideas on how to find this sum?
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Question about Big O notation for asymptotic behavior in convergent power series

Examples of such use of Big O notation can be found for instance on Wolfram Alpha here. More details on the Wikipedia page. The idea, as I understand it, is that the term between parenthesis in Big O ...
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How do I obtain the Laurent series for $f(z)=\frac 1{\cos(z^4)-1}$ about $0$?

I know that $$\cos(z^4)-1=-\frac{z^8}{2!}+\frac{z^{16}}{4!}+...$$ but how do I take the reciprocal of this series (please do not use little-o notation)? Or are there better methods to obtain the ...
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Proof of the “Radius of Convergence Theorem”

I can't figure out how it is valid to invoke the Absolute Convergence Theorem, whose hypothesis is "Let the power series have radius of convergence R", to establish case c of the Radius of Convergence ...
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Estimating the series: $\sum_{k=0}^{\infty} \frac{k^a b^k}{k!}$

Any idea on how to estimate the following series: $$\sum_{k=0}^{\infty} \frac{k^a b^k}{k!}$$ where $a$ and $b$ are constant values. Greatly appreciate any respond.
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Radius of convergence of a sum of power series

I have two series $\displaystyle\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} a_n x^{n}$ $\displaystyle\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} b_n x^{n}$ with radius of convergence $2$ and $3$ respectively. How can I find the radius of ...
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function with isolated singularity on the unit circle and coefficients of its taylor expansion [duplicate]

Let $f$ be a function holomorphic in an open set containing the closed unit disc $D(0,1)$, except at the point $z_0$ with $|z_0|=1$, where $f$ has an isolated singularity. If $a_n$ are the ...
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What are the subsets of the unit circle that can be the points in which a power series is convergent?

Let $A\subset\Bbb C$ be a subset of the unit circle. Consider the following condition on $A$. Cond. There exists a sequence $\{a_i\}_{i=1}^\infty$ of complex numbers such that $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty ...
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Prove sum of $\cos(\pi/11)+\cos(3\pi/11)+…+\cos(9\pi/11)=1/2$ using Euler's formula

Prove that $$\cos(\pi/11)+\cos(3\pi/11)+\cos(5\pi/11)+\cos(7\pi/11)+\cos(9\pi/11)=1/2$$ using Euler's formula. Everything I tried has failed so far. Here is one thing I tried, but obviously didn't ...
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Power series for the rational function $(1+x)^3/(1-x)^3$

Show that $$\dfrac{(1+x)^3}{(1-x)^3} =1 + \displaystyle\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} (4n^2+2)x^n$$ I tried with the partial frationaising the expression that gives me $\dfrac{-6}{(x-1)} - ...
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Vanishing of Taylor series coefficient [duplicate]

I am solving previous year question paper some competitive exam. Give me some hint to solve the following problem. Let $f$ be an entire function. Suppose for each $a \in \mathbb{R} $ there exists at ...
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An easy question on complex

Let $\{u_{k}\}_{k=1}^{\infty}$ be a complex number sequence. If $\sum_{k=1}^{\infty}\lambda^{k}u_{k}=0$, for each $\lambda\in \mathbb{D}(0, 1/3)$(where the $\mathbb{D}(0, 1/3)~$denotes an open disc ...
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Fibonacci Generating Function of a Complex Variable

So I'm doing work on the Fibonacci Numbers, and I came across this problem for the generating function for the recursive fibonacci numbers. I have two questions: 1. Why is it useful to use a ...
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Find the radius of convergence of $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}{n!x^{n!}}$

Find the radius of convergence of $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}{n!x^{n!}}$. Should I look at this series as: $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}({n!x^{(n-1)!})x^{n}}$? I am really confues here. In addition, any attempt to ...
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Show that $\sum_{n = 1}^{+\infty} \frac{n}{2^n} = 2$ [duplicate]

Show that $\sum_{n = 1}^{+\infty} \frac{n}{2^n} = 2$. I have no idea to solve this problem. Anyone could help me?
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Proving the inequality $|e^z-1|\leq e^{|z|}-1$

I am trying to prove this inequality $$|e^z-1|\leq e^{|z|}-1\leq |z|e^{|z|}$$ I've tried calculating the difference in their power series ...
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Solve $(x^2 + 1)y'' - 6xy' + 10y =0$ using series method

Use series methods to solve: $(x^2 + 1)y'' - 6xy' + 10y =0$ a) Give the recursion formula b) Give the first two non-zero terms of the solution corresponding to $a_0 = 1$ and $a_1 = 0$ ...
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Is my proof that $\frac{\pi}{4}=\sum\limits_{n\geq 0}(-1)^n \frac{1}{2n+1}$ correct?

Respected All I was trying to prove that $$\sum_{n\geq 0}(-1)^{n} \frac{1}{2n+1}=\frac{\pi}{4}$$ What I tried to show like this. We know $$\frac{1}{1+x^2}=(1+x^2)^{-1}=\sum_{n\geq 0}(-1)^nx^{2n}, ...
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General term of Taylor Series of $\sin x$ centered at $\pi/4$

What is the general term for a Taylor series of $\sin(x)$ centered at $\pi/4$? It should be $(-1)^{[??]} \times \sqrt{2}/2 \times \frac{(x-\pi/4)^n}{n!}$ What power is $(-1)$ supposed to be raised ...
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Frobenius Method to solve $x(1 - x)y'' - 3xy' - y = 0$

So, Im trying to self-learn method of frobenius, and I would like to ask if someone can explain to me how can we solve the following DE about $ x = 0$ using this method. $$ x(1 - x)y'' - 3xy' - y = 0 ...
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Can all series in the elementary Ramanujan class R = 2 be shifted?

For $f(x)=\sum_{n=0}^\infty a_nx^n$ and $g(x)=f(x)-Rf(x^2)$, $R\neq1$, $f(1)$ belongs to the elementary Ramanujan class $R$ if $g(1)$ is Abel summable. The elementary Ramanujan sum of $f(1)$ is ...