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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When is a Fourier series analytic?

By Fourier theory, every continuously differentiable function $f : S^1 \to \mathbf C$ admits a unique, uniformly convergent Fourier expansion $$f(\theta) = \sum_{n\in \mathbf Z} a_n e^{in\theta}.$$ ...
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A deceiving Taylor series

When we try to expand $$ \begin{align} f:&\mathbb R \to \mathbb R\\ &x \mapsto \begin{cases} \mathrm e^{-\large\frac 1{x^2}} &\Leftarrow x\neq 0\\ 0 &\Leftarrow x=0 \end{...
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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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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 ...
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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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the sum of $1-\frac{1}{5}+\frac{1}{9}-\frac{1}{13}+…$

I thought this was the real part of the series: $\sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{i^n}{1+2n}$, with $i=\sqrt{-1}$. When taking the real part I am left with: $\sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{\cos(n\pi/2)}{1+2n}$. I ...
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Mathematical reason for the validity of the equation: $S = 1 + x^2 \, S$

Given the geometric series: $1 + x^2 + x^4 + x^6 + x^8 + \cdots$ We can recast it as: $S = 1 + x^2 \, (1 + x^2 + x^4 + x^6 + x^8 + \cdots)$, where $S = 1 + x^2 + x^4 + x^6 + x^8 + \cdots$. This ...
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What's the background of this exercise?

I found this interesting exercise on a calculus book (Stewart) Let $$ u=1+\frac{x^3}{3!}+\frac{x^6}{6!}+\cdots $$ $$ v=x+\frac{x^4}{4!}+\frac{x^7}{7!}+\cdots $$ $$ w=\frac{x^2}{2!}+\frac{x^5}{5!}+\...
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How to properly translate the coefficients of a Taylor series?

Given a Taylor series $$f(z) = \sum_{k=0}^\infty c_k^{(a)}\frac{(z-a)^k}{k!}$$ of a meromorphic function $f$ in $\mathbb C$ (i.e. analytical except for a set of isolated points) around some value $a\...
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Proving the equivalence of a sum and a double integral

Based on "Certain Subclass of Starlike Functions" journal by Chun-Yi and Shi-Qiong Zhou in 2007 (Science Direct), I found difficulties to understand the proof in Theorem 3 where they have verified: $...
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Finding closed forms for $\sum n z^{n}$ and $\sum n^{2} z^{n}$

Using the identity $\frac{1}{1-z} = 1 + z + z^2 + \ldots$ for $|z| < 1$, find closed forms for the sums $\sum n z^n$ and $\sum n^2 z^n$. My solution: Because $\displaystyle1 + z + z^{2} + \ldots =...
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How to compute coefficients in Trinomial triangle at specific position?

I need to compute coefficients of $i$-th power of $x$ from simplifying of $$(x^2 + x + 1)^n$$ From that site i know about trinomial triangle. But how can compute coeficients of $i$-th element at $n$...
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How to bound the truncation error for a Taylor polynomial approximation of $\tan(x)$

I am playing with Taylor series! I want to go beyond the basic text book examples ($\sin(x)$, $\cos(x)$, $\exp(x)$, $\ln(x)$, etc.) and try something different to improve my understanding. So I ...
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Radii of convergence for complex series

I need to find the radii of convergence for these series: $1. \sum_{n=1}^\infty (2+(-1)^n)^n z^{2n}$ $2. \sum_{n=1}^\infty (n+a^n)z^n, a \in C $ $3. \sum_{n=1}^\infty 2^n z^{n!}$ Starting with ...
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Calculate sum of an infinite series

I have been struggling with this functional series. $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}{(-1)^{n-1}n^2x^n}$$ I need to calulate the sum.Any tips would be appreciated.
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Is there a simple proof that a power series can be differentiated term by term?

I know that the derivative of the sum of a power series can be calculated by summing the derivatives of the terms, and that the resulting series has the same radius of convergence as the original. The ...
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First four terms of the power series of $f(z) = \frac{z}{e^z-1}$?

Attempt: $$ e^z = \sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{z^n}{n!}$$ $$ e^z - 1 = \sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{z^n}{n!} -1$$ $$ e^z - 1 = z\sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{z^n}{(n+1)!} $$ Thus $$ \frac{z}{e^z-1} = \frac{1}{\sum_{...
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How to do power series expansion

What is the coefficient of $x^{11}$ in the power series expansion of $\frac 1{1-x-x^4}$? How do I do power series expansions?
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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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limit of $a_n(x)=\frac{\sum_{k=0}^{t_n}x^k}{\sum_{k=n+1}^{t_n}x^k}$

Let $t>1$ and $[t_n]$ defines the integer part of the product $t.n$. I need to evaluate the sequence $$a_n(x)=\frac{\sum_{k=0}^{[t_n]}x^k}{\sum_{k=n+1}^{[t_n]}x^k}$$ is convergent or bounded as $n\...
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radius of convergence of Taylor series, function with branch cuts

Let $f(z) $ being the analytic continuation of some holomorphic function, having many branch points and isolated singularities at $\beta_1,\beta_2,\ldots,\beta_n,\ldots$ is the radius of convergence ...
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How to find the general solution of $(1+x^2)y''+2xy'-2y=0$. How to express by means of elementary functions?

Find the general solution of $$(1+x^2)y''+2xy'-2y=0$$ in terms of power series in $x$. Can you express this solution by means of elementary functions? I know that $y= \displaystyle\sum_{n=0}...
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Help on differential equation $y''-2\sin y'+3y=\cos x$

$y''-2\sin y'+3y=\cos x$ I'm trying to solve it by power series, but I just can't find the way to get $\sin y'$. Is there any special way to find it?
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Using Generating Functions to Solve Recursions

I have the recursion $A(n) = A(n-1) + n^2 - n$ with initial conditions $A(0) = 1$. I attempted to solve it using generating functions and I'm not quite sure I have it right, so I thought I might ask ...
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Evaluation morphisms of formal power series and nilpotent elements

Given a commutative ring $A$, and a finitely presented (associative) $A$-algebra $B$, show that a morphism of $A$-algebras $A[[x]] \longrightarrow B$ is given by evaluation at an nilpotent element $ \...
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Algorithm for reversion of power series?

Given a function $f(x)$ of the form: $$f(x) = x/(a_0x^0+a_1x^1+a_2x^2+a_3x^3+a_4x^4+a_5x^5+...a_nx^n)$$ Let $A$ be an arbitrary (any) infinite lower triangular matrix with ones in the diagonal: $$A ...
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${a_n}$ series of Fibonacci numbers. $f(x)=\sum_{0}^{\infty}a_nx^n$, show that in the convergence radius: $f(x)= \frac{1}{1-x-x^2}$

I'd really like your help with this following problem: Let ${a_n}$ be a Fibonacci series $a_1=a_0=1$ and $a_{n+2}=a_n+a_{n+1}$ for every $n \geq 0$. Let $f(x)=\sum_{0}^{\infty}a_nx^n$, I need to find ...
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Power series method to solve Airy’s differential equation [duplicate]

Using power series method, solve Airy’s equation $$y′′+ xy = 0.$$ How do I start solving this? Thanks in advance!
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Radius of convergence for the exponential function

I'm studying physics and am currently following a course on complex analysis and in the section on analytic functions, the radius of convergence $R$ for power series was introduced. The Taylor ...
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What is the function given by $\sum_{n=0}^\infty \binom{b+2n}{b+n} x^n$, where $b\ge 0$, $|x| <1$

For a nonnegative integer $b$, and $|x|<1$, what is the function given by the power series $$ \sum_{n=0}^\infty \binom{b+2n}{b+n} x^n. $$ For $b=0$, this post shows $$ \sum_{n=0}^\infty \binom{2n}{...
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Series expansion of $\frac{1}{(1+x)(1−x)(1+x^2)(1−x^2)(1+x^3)(1−x^3)\cdots}$?

How would I find the series expansion $\displaystyle\frac{1}{(1+x)(1−x)(1+x^2)(1−x^2)(1+x^3)(1−x^3)\cdots}$ so that it will turn into an infinite power series again??
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Derivative of exp with definition of differentiability

Prove with the definition of differentiability that $\exp(z)$ is differentiable in $\mathbb C$ and $(\exp(z))' = \exp(z)$ for all $z \in \mathbb C.$ I tried: \begin{align*} \frac{\exp(z+h) - \exp(z)}...
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The coefficients in the inverse of unit lower triangular Toeplitz matrix

I have a question about the inverse of lower triangular Toeplitz matrix. There is a matrix $Q$ which can be infinite-dimensional. $$ Q=\left[\begin{array}{ccccc} 1\\ -k_{1} & 1\\ -k_{2} & -k_{...
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Radius of convergence of $\sum_{n\ge 1}{\frac{x^{n^2}}{n^2}}$

I want to determine the radius of convergence of the power series $$\sum_{n\ge 1}{\frac{x^{n^2}}{n^2}}$$ Is my following try correct, and is there any simpler way to do this: Put $a_n(x)=\frac{x^{...
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limit of jacobi theta 2 or simple series

I have a simple problem: I need to evaluate the limit $x\rightarrow 1$ of the Jacobi Theta function 2 $$\Theta_2(m,x)=2x^{1/4}\sum_{k=0}^\infty x^{k(k+1)}\cos((2k+1)m)$$ when $m=0$, that to say $$\...
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Translations AND dilations of infinite series

Sometimes, when working with infinite series, it's useful to add "dilated" or "translated" versions of the infinite series, term by term, back to the original. There are ways of making this rigorous ...
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When is a finite sum of powers of non-integer a rational number? [closed]

Concretely, is there $ b \in \mathbb R, n,k \in \mathbb N $ such that $ \sum_{i = n}^{n+k} b^i \in \mathbb Q$ ?
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Could the sum of powers of non-integers result in a whole number? [closed]

Concretely, is there a $ b \in \mathbb R $ such that $ \sum_{i \in I \subset \mathbb N} b^i \in \mathbb W$ ?
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radius of convergence $\displaystyle \sum_{n=1}^{\infty}n! x^{n!}$

I just wondering radius of convergence following series $$ \sum_{n=1}^{\infty}n! x^{n!} \\ $$ My 1st attempt is 'root test' $$ \sqrt[n!]{|a_{n!} |} =\sqrt[n!]{|n! |} =\sqrt[t]{t} \rightarrow 1 $$ So, ...
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Power Series Solution for Differential Equation of Shifted Exponential Function

I am trying to write a shifted exponential function as a power series. I am aware of the power series definition of the exponential function, i.e. $e^{-x}=\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}\frac{(-x)^{n}}{n!}$. ...
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Find the radius of convergence of the power series

$\displaystyle\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}a_nz^n$, where $a_{2k+1} = 2^k$ and $a_{2k} = (1 + (1/k))^2$ for $k = 0, 1, 2, \dotsc$ I started off by doing the ratio test, but I know that the ration test is for $|...
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What's the limit of coefficient ratio for a reciprocating power series?

I have a question about the coefficient in the inverse of the power series. Assume $$ f=1-\sum_{i=1}^{\infty}(ck_i)x^i, $$ where $c$ and $k_i$ are positive and $0<ck_i<1$ for any $i>0$. ...
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radius of convergence of $\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{2^nx^{n!}}{n}$ [closed]

What is the radius of convergence of the following series? $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty \dfrac{2^nx^{n!}}{n}$$
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Find the interval of convergence for these 3 power series

I believe I need to use the root test and ratio test. I've solved the first two, but I'm not too sure I fully understand how to do these, so was hoping someone else could work them out so I could ...
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Identifying $\sum\limits_{k=0}^\infty\frac{1}{k!}\frac{x^{k+6}}{k+6}$ [closed]

I'm trying to prove this equality. $$\sum_{k=0}^\infty\frac{1}{k!}\frac{x^{k+6}}{(k+6)} {=} e^x(x^5-5x^4+20x^3-60x^2+120x-120)+120$$ posted by: http://math.stackexchange.com/q/832368. How do I get ...
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Asymptotic behavior of $\sum\limits_{k=1}^n \frac{2^k}{k}$

I'm looking for an asymptotic equivalent of $$\sum_{0 < k \le n} \frac{2^k}{k}$$ as $n \to \infty$. A plausible candidate seems to be $\frac{2^{n+1}}{n+1}$ (WolframAlpha plot, and the intuitive ...
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How to derive this interesting identity for $\log(\sin(x))$ [duplicate]

I saw on SE that: $$\log(\sin x)=-\log(2)-\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{\cos(2nx)}{n} \phantom{a} (0<x<\pi)$$ This is an extremely useful identity, as it helps solve: $$\int_{0}^{\pi} \log(\sin(x)...
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Power series, derivatives, integrals, and different intervals of convergence

I am working on the question below. It involves finding three different power series that meet certain conditions. (a) Find a power series $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} a_nx^{n}$ that has a different ...
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Asymptotic expansion of $(1+\epsilon)^{s/\epsilon}$

I have taken the logarithm of this expression and computed the Taylor expansion of the $\log(1+\epsilon)$ term but by doing this we're required to calculate powers of this series when using the ...