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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to estimate the growth of a “savage” function near 1?

Say I have a function which exists within the unit disk, say $$f(x)=a_0+a_1x+a_2x^2+...$$ If we know sufficient information about the coefficients, say we know the growth rate of ...
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Choice of the First Term in Legendre Polynomials

The two solutions of the Legendre's Differential Equation obtained by series solution method are : and Now according to my textbook, for the useful polynomial for n equal to a positive integer, ...
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Evaluate this power series

Evaluate the sum $$x+\frac{2}{3}x^3+\frac{2}{3}\cdot\frac{4}{5}x^5+\frac{2}{3}\cdot\frac{4}{5}\cdot\frac{6}{7}x^7+\dots$$ Totally no idea. I think this series may related to the $\sin x$ series ...
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function with isolated singularity on the unit circle and coefficients of its taylor expansion

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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Sum of a power series $n x^n$ [duplicate]

I would like to know: How come that $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty n x^n=\frac{x}{(x-1)^2}$$ Why isn't it infinity?
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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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A simple series

I don't do math a long time, so I completely don't remember how to prove that: $$ \sum_{i=1}^\infty \frac{i}{2^i} = 2 $$ Can anybody help me?
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Showing that $f(x)^3 + g(x)^3 + h(x)^3 - 3f(x)g(x)h(x) = 1$ for functions $f$, $g$, and $h$ defined by certain power series [duplicate]

I'm having trouble with this question, I have found the interval of convergence of $h(x)$ to be $(-\infty, \infty)$, but I don't know how to use that for the question as well as the hint. Any help ...
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Finding the derivative of $x\uparrow\uparrow n$

I am trying to find a general derivative for the function: $f(x)=x^{x^{x^{...^{x}}}}$however to do that I must find $f^{\prime }$ and $f^{\prime \prime}$...etc. I am now trying to write down a general ...
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Origin and use of an identity of formal power series: $\det(1 - \psi T) = \exp \left(-\sum_{s=1}^{\infty} \text{Tr}(\psi^{s})T^{s}/s\right)$

The following is a historical question, but first some background: Let $\psi$ be a linear operator from a vector space to itself. The following two expressions, viewed as formal power series, can be ...
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Prove $(1-x)^{2k+1} \sum\limits_{n\ge 0}\binom{n+k-1}{k}\binom{n+k}{k} x^n = {\sum\limits_{j\ge 0} \binom{k-1}{j-1}\binom{k+1}{j} x^j} $

I stumbled upon the identity $$(1-x)^{2k+1} \sum\limits_{n\ge 0}\binom{n+k-1}{k}\binom{n+k}{k} x^n = {\sum\limits_{j\ge 0} \binom{k-1}{j-1}\binom{k+1}{j} x^j}. $$ The right-hand side is a polynomial. ...
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what is the summation of such a finite sequence?

The summation is: $$\sum_{i=0}^n \binom{2i}i \binom{2n-2i}{n-i}$$ The answer is $4^n$. How to prove it, and how to think out it?
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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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Is this generalization of an exercise in Stein true?

The following question is exercise $14$ in chapter $2$ in Stein and Shakarchi's Complex Analysis. Suppose that $f$ is holomorphic in an open set containing the closed unit disc, except for a pole ...
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Basic guidance to write a mathematical article.

I'm trying to put together a mathematical article on how to obtain certain infinite series for some well known functions by a method of integrals (I like to call it "The Integral Method" - thank you), ...
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The value of a limit of a power series: $\lim\limits_{x\rightarrow +\infty} \sum_{k=1}^\infty (-1)^k \left(\frac{x}{k} \right)^k$

What is the answer to the following limit of a power series? $$\lim_{x\rightarrow +\infty} \sum_{k=1}^\infty (-1)^k \left(\frac{x}{k} \right)^k$$
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Singularities of $e^{z - \frac{1}{z}}$

I believe $e^{z - \frac{1}{z}}$ has essential singularities at $z = 0$ and $z = \infty$ (in both cases because of a $\frac{1}{z}$ in the exponent) but I'm having a hard time proving this. How can one ...
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closed form for a series over the Riemann zeta zeros

given the series $ \sum_{\rho} \frac{1}{z-\rho} $ here the sum is taken OVER the roots of the Riemann function on the critical line $ 0 < Re(s) <1 $ the summation is understood as we sum the pair ...
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Prove that sum is finite with the help of generating function

Please help me to prove that the following sum is finite $$ \sum_{j=2l-2}^{\infty}j!\, a_j^{(l)}, $$ here the generating function of $\displaystyle{a_j^{(l)}}$ is ...
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Finding the convergence interval of $\sum\limits_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac{n!x^n}{n^n}$.

I want to find the convergence interval of the infinite series $\sum\limits_{n=0}^{\infty} \dfrac{n!x^n}{n^n}$. I will use the ratio test: if I call $u_n = \dfrac{n!x^n}{n^n}$, the ratio test says ...
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Power series without analytic continuation

Given a formal power series $\sum a_n z^n$ and a radius of convergence $R>0$, there are various ways to extend the function to the boundary such as Abel's theorem Fatou's lemma $H^\infty$ ...
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Compositions of $n$ with largest part at most $m$

This is a problem from Stanley's Enumerative Combinatorics that I'm failing at a bit (lot): Let $\bar{c}(m,n)$ denote the number of compositions of $n$ with largest part at most $m$. Show that ...
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Equality with Euler–Mascheroni constant

While trying to prove integral with exponential function and logarithm in an alternative way, I came to this solution: $$\sum_{k=0}^{+\infty}(-1)^{k+1}\frac{\log (k+1)+\gamma }{(k+1)}.$$ As both ...
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Short form of few series

Is there a short form for summation of following series? $$\sum\limits_{n=0}^\infty\sum\limits_{k=0}^n\dfrac{(-1)^kn!\alpha^{2n}((2y-1)^{2k+1}+1)}{2^{2n+1}(2n)!k!(n-k)!(2k+1)}$$ ...
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Estimate the scale of $e^{-(m+1) t} \sum _{k=0}^{\infty } \frac{t^k}{k!}\left(\sum _{r=0}^k \frac{t^r}{r!}\right)^{m}$

I would like to estimate the scale of the following series, $$S(m,t)=e^{-(m+1) t} \sum _{k=0}^{\infty } \frac{t^k}{k!}\left(\sum _{r=0}^k \frac{t^r}{r!}\right)^{m},$$ where $e$ is the base of ...
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Formal Power Series — what's in it?

I have the following statement in a paper: Let $\Psi$ be the formal power series defined over the alphabet $\Omega$ and the log semiring by: $(\Psi, (a, b)) = -log(c((a,b)))$ for $(a,b) \in \Omega$, ...
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If it converges, how to show that power series converges to $f(x)$?

I had a very basic question. Suppose $f(x)$ is a function. And let us say it has a power series :- $$f(x) = \sum_{n=0}^\infty a_nx^n.$$ Suppose we are operating inside the region of convergence. ...
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Power (Laurent) Series of $\coth(x)$

I need some help to prove that the power series of $\coth x$ is: $$\frac{1}{x} + \frac{x}{3} - \frac{x^3}{45} + O(x^5) \ \ \ \ \ $$ I don't know how to derive this, should I divide the expansion of ...
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Finding the power series of $\arcsin x$

I'm trying to find the power series of $\arcsin x$. This is what I did so far: $(\arcsin x)'=\frac{1}{\sqrt{1-x^2}}$, so $\arcsin x=\int \sqrt{\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}x^{2n}}$. (for $|x|<1$) Any ...
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Simple Power Series Expansion for Problems similar to $f = (1 + \epsilon \,x)^{1/\epsilon}$

I was flicking through a book on perturbation methods and saw a simple question asking the reader to expand the following expression for $f$ in a power series (up to the first 2 terms): $f = (1 + ...
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Sum the following $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac {(-1)^n}{4^{4n+1}(4n+1)} $

Evaluate: $$\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac {(-1)^n}{4^{4n+1}(4n+1)} $$ I rewrote the sum as $$\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac {1}{4^{8n-7}(8n-7)} - \sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac {1}{4^{8n-3}(8n-3)}$$ Now, I ...
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Does a convergent power series on a closed disk always converge uniformly?

If I have a power series $\displaystyle\sum_{i=0}^{+\infty} {a_iz^i} \in\mathbb{C}[[z]]$ with radius of convergence $r>0$ and I know that the series $\displaystyle\sum_{i=0}^{+\infty} {a_iz^i}$ ...
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What is the order of this pole?

$$f(z)=\frac 1{\cos(z^4)-1}$$ $z=0$ is a pole of $f$, and I believe that the Laurent series centred at $0$ is $-\frac 2{z^8}-\frac 16+...$, which looks like the pole is of order $8$, but why does ...
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Is this action of $\mathbb F[[x]]$ on $\bigoplus_{i=0}^{\infty}\mathbb F$ natural?

The title of my question has a field $\mathbb F$ in it, but to make sure I'm not losing anything, I would like to introduce my question in full generality. But still, I will be happy with an answer in ...
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The net signed area between $t=0, y=0, t=x$, and $y=f(t)$

f(t) is continuous function.So I know that $\int _0^x {f(t) dt}=$ "The net signed area between $t=0, y=0, t=x$, and $y=f(t)$" And I can find the same result with endless small rectangulars areas ...
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How does a complex power series behave on the boundary of the disc of convergence?

Until recently, I thought my math teacher had said in his real analysis class that on the boundary of the disc of convergence, a complex power series has at least one point at which it does not ...