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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How do you solve $10^{-3/20}$ as $1/2^{1/2}$?

My electronics lecturer was able to instantly solve $10^{-3/20}$ as $1/2^{1/2}$, but he was not able to explain it to me because he said that it was just a number he was very familiar with. FYI, the ...
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Using a power expansion to find the n-th power of a matrix

Given that $\sum_{n}^{\infty} \mu^{n} M^{n} = (I-\mu M)^{-1}$ Wherein $\mu$ is a scalar, $M$ is a matrix and $I$ is the identity matrix of the same dimension as $M$. How do I use this to find the ...
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why does this power series converges to sinh(x)?

given the infinite sum $$\sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{ x^{2n+1}}{(2n+1)!}$$ of course, by ratio test, it converges for reals. I know that the answer is $\sinh(x)$ and I've seen how this is derived from its ...
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Proving that $~\lim_{x\to1^-}~\bigg(\sqrt[a]{1-x}\cdot\sum_{n=0}^\infty~x^{n^a}\bigg)~=~\Gamma\bigg(1+\frac1a\bigg)$

How could we prove that $$\lim_{x\to1^-}~\bigg(\sqrt[a]{1-x}\cdot\sum_{n=0}^\infty~x^{n^a}\bigg)~=~\Gamma\bigg(1+\frac1a\bigg)$$ for $a>0$ ? The inspiration came to me while trying find a ...
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Calculation of limit without stirling approximation

$\lim n^n/(e^nn!)=0$ using Stirling approximation it is obvious. But can we do it without using Stirling approximation. Now series with terms $x^n n^n/n!$ has ROC $1/e$. What we can say about ...
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evaluate convergent power series

given $$\sum_{n=0}^\infty x^{n} (n^{2} + n)$$ so using ratio test I have proven that it converges if and only if $$|x| < 1$$ but I'm not sure how to evaluate this infinite sum. so I thought ...
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Series representation of hypergeometric function reciprocal?

Basically, can you represent $\dfrac{1}{_2F_1(a,b;c;z)}$ as some kind of power series? EDIT: This question came from something I was doing with generating functions were ...
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$h(x) = \sum_{n=0}^\infty c_n x^n$ show h(x)=f(x)g(x)

Given $f(x)= \sum_{j=0}^\infty a_j x^j$ and $g(x)= \sum_{k=0}^\infty b_k x^k$. $f(x)$ has radius of convergence $R_1 > 0$ and $g(x)$ has radius of convergence $R_2 > 0$ Let $c_n= \sum_{j=0}^n ...
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Bernoulli Number analog using Cosine (part 2)

Earlier today I posted this inquiry about the function below: $$\frac{x^2}{\cos{x}-1}=\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}\frac{C_n}{n!}x^{2n}$$ I got some good feedback but as I was playing around, I wondered if ...
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Taylor series for the function $f(z) = \frac{1}{(z-5)(z-7)}$ on a disc centered at point $z_0=3$

I started by expressing the function as sum of two fractions using partial fraction decomposition to get $\frac{-1}{2(z-5)} + \frac{1}{2(z-7)}$ However I could only then end up writing that as the ...
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Bernoulli Number analog using Cosine

I know that Bernoulli Numbers can be found with the generating function $$\frac{x}{e^x-1}=\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}\frac{B_n}{n!}x^n$$ I was wondering if any work has been done using a similar equation ...
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Exercise on inequalities in bounded derivatives (from Spivak)

Suppose $f$ is two times differentiable in $(0,\infty)$ and that: $|f(x)| \leq M_{0}, \forall x>0$; $|f''(x)| \leq M_{2}, \forall x>0$. a) Show that $$|f'(x)| \leq ...
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Estimating accuracy of Taylor series approximations with 2 bounds

I have a question from a previous exam as such: Use Taylor's Inequality to estimate the accuracy of the approximation $f(x) \approx T_{3}(x)$ when $0.8 \leq x \leq 1.2$. I computed from an ...
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When variable substituitions are allowed in Taylor's Polynomials and when they aren't?

Let $f:[-a,a] \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a function assuming derivatives up to the $n$-th order in the open interval $(-a,a)$. The Taylor polynomial of $f$ around $0$ is: $$P_{n}(x) = \sum_{k=0}^{n} ...
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Summation of a Geometric Power Series

I was told that I could simplify the power series into a a^k geometric series by setting a= (6*e^t)/(11^n). I remember from Calculus 2 that I could calculate the sum of a geometric series in this ...
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Defining a Function using the Power Series

. I understand c & d as fairly simple first and second derivatives of a multivariable function @ t = 0. But it escapes me on whether it is acceptable to separate the functions and do the product ...
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A “generalized” exponential power series

I'm wondering if $$ e^x = \sum_{k=0}^\infty \frac{x^k}{k!} $$ what would this be $$ \sum_{k=0}^\infty \frac{x^{k+\alpha}}{\Gamma(k+\alpha)} = \large{?}_{\alpha}(x) $$ for $\alpha \in (0,1)$? ...
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proving with a sequence

The question is : Show that if $n$ is a power of $2$, then $$\sum_{i=0}^{\log_2n-1}2^i=n-1\;.$$ Tried induction at first and tried to prove it on 2n but nothing came out of it. Then i tried ...
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sum of a complex power series

I have to find the sum of a complex power series inside radius of convergence, for simplicity let's say the series looks something like that: $f(z)=\sum_{n \geq 2} \frac{z^n}{n(n-1)}$ Then after ...
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Why can you use the Maclaurin Series for certain cases of function not about 0?

Is it possible to use the Maclaurin Series in a problem like this one (AP Calculus BC Question 6 from a few years ago)? Write the first four nonzero terms and the general term of the Taylor ...
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Need help understanding power series

So as I understand so far: A power series is like any other series except now the partial sums depend on the variable x. The value of x determines the convergence or divergence of the series, meaning ...
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Evaluate the sum $\sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{x^{2n+1}}{(2n+1)!}$

$$\sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{x^{2n+1}}{(2n+1)!}$$ I am having difficulty finding the function that represents this series. I have only found radius of convergence which is $(-\infty,+\infty)$ from the ...
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Radius of convergence of $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty }n!(2x-1)^n$

I get to the point of $\lim_{x\rightarrow \infty }(n+1)\left | 2x-1 \right |$ using the ratio test. It looks like it should always diverge but I'm not sure. Also not sure what the x=0.5 case does.
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Generating Functions - Extracting Coefficients

In many counting problems, we find an appropriate generating function which allows us to extract a given coefficient as our answer. In cases where the generating function is not one that is easily ...
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Radius of convergence of a power series whose coeffecients are “discontinuous”

I have a power series: $s(x)=\sum_0^\infty a_n x^n$ with $a_n= \begin{cases} 1, & \text{if $n$ is a square number} \\ 0, & \text{otherwise} \end{cases}$ What is the radius of convergence ...
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Formula for weighed geometric sum

I'm trying to find an easy way to derive a formula for: $S_{n} = \frac{1}{n}\sum_{i=0}^{n}(n-i)x^{i}$ I've found a recurrence relationship of sorts: $S_{n+1} = \frac{xnS_{n}+n+1}{n+1} = ...
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Pointwise and uniform convergence of series of functions

Consider power series $f(x)=\sum\limits_{n=0}^\infty c_nx^n$. Let $\alpha = \limsup\limits_{n\to\infty} \vert c_n\vert^{1/n}$. Recall radius of convergence $r=1/\alpha$. (i) Assume $r>0$. Show ...
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Infinite series with a binomial

I'd like to know, is there any place where I can find the proof of this? in some radius of convergence?
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expand function, taylors series, combinatorics, generation functions

I have to expand $f(z)$ into a formal power series $f(z) = \sum\limits_{k=0}^\infty a_kz^k$ (for $z$ close to 0) $f(z)= \frac{z^3}{1-4z+3z^2}$ I know that: $\frac{1}{1-z} = \sum\limits_{k=0}^\infty ...
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Let $y,z$ be two functions such that $y=zf(y)$ where $f$ is a power series wrt $y$. Then we can find of powers series for any $g(y)$

Let $y,z$ be two functions such that $y=zf(y)$ where $f$ is a power series with respect to $y$. Then we can write any $g(y)$ as a power series of $z$ such that $g(y)=\sum_{k=1}^{\infty} ...
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Does having a real valued cauchy sequence on a function in a compact space imply the function is continous on that space?

I had to prove for a homework assignment this function $$ s_n(x) = \sum_{i=0}^n (-1)^i \frac{ x^{2i+1}}{(2i+1)!} $$ is a Cauchy sequence with respect to the sup norm for $$ s_n : [-M,M] ...
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Laurent series expansion for $\lvert z\rvert >1$.

I have a simple complex function like this: $$\frac{z+1}{z-1}$$ When I expand it by its Maclaurin series: $$\frac{z+1}{z-1} = \frac{z-1+2}{z-1} = 1 - \frac{2}{1-z} = 1 - 2\sum_{k=0}^{\infty}z^{k} ...
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Solution to ODE using Power Series

I'm currently trying to wrap my head around how to solve an ODE with series. The problem I am working on is this: Find the indicated coefficients of the power series solution about x=0 of the ...
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Problem with a simple convergent power series

Create a power series around $x=0$ and find its radius. What is $f(1)$? $$f(x)=\frac{1}{2+x}$$ Well according to me it is easy to see that the radius is $\left|x\right|<2$ and ...
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Radius of convergence $\sum\limits_{n\ge0}q^{n^2}z^n$

Radius of convergence of the power series $\sum\limits_{n\ge0}q^{n^2}z^n$ By a theorem the radius is $\limsup \lvert q^{n^2}\rvert^{1/n}=\limsup\lvert q^n\rvert=\begin{cases}0,&\text{if}\ ...
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Find a closed form for $\Sigma_{k = 1}^\infty 3x^{3k -1}$

Find a closed form form and the largest set on which this formula is valid. a) $\Sigma_{k = 1}^\infty 3x^{3k -1}$ Attempt: $\Sigma_{k = 1}^\infty 3x^{3k -1} = 3\Sigma_{k = 1}^\infty x^{3k} x^{-1} = ...
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Finding power series solution to differential equation $(1-x)y'=y$ centered at $ x=0$

I'm trying to teach myself how to solve differential equations with power series. I am stuck on working through $$(1-x)y'=y \text{ centered at } x= 0.$$ I've gotten to the point where I must figure ...
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Radius of convergence of power series (random variables)

Let $z_n$ be a sequence of independent identically distributed random variables and let $$f(x)=\sum_{n=0}^\infty z_nx^n$$ be a random power series. How to show that the radius of convergence is ...
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Integrating a power series proof

So I began with using the hint and got to $f(x) - \sum_{n=?}^{\infty} a_nx^n$ But I have a question about the ? in the sum obviously. Because it's been differentiated, do we have to increase the ...
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Determining power series convergence radius

I try to determine the convergence of the following power series $$ \sum_{k=1}^\infty \frac{x^k}{\sqrt{k(k+1)}}$$ I tried it using the ratio test, but I am not sure if this is correct My approach: ...
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Power Series with singularities in {z: |z|=1}

Prove that all the points in $D=\left\{ z \in \mathbb{C} : \mid z\mid=1 \right\}$ are singularities of the function $$ f(z)=\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac{z^{n!}}{n!} $$ This was easy for the ...
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I need help finding the radius of convergence along with the interval of convergence

The power series in question is: I used the root test to find the interval of convergence and got [-6/5,-4/5) however I'm not sure how to find the radius of convergence.
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I need help finding the interval of convergence for a power series

I need to find the interval of convergence for the following power series: I used the ratio test and got (2X)lim(n/n+1) and this is pretty much where I'm stuck.
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radius of convergence of a complex power series

Can you tell me what you think about my solution to this problem? In case it's wrong, or needs changes, just something like "try looking at this", "consider that"... a hint is enough, please no ...
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Find the radius of convergence of power series

Suppose that $\sum_{k = 0}^\infty a_kx^k$ has radius of convergence of $R \in (0,\infty)$. a) Find the radius of convergence of $\sum_{k = 0}^\infty a_kx^{2k}$ b) Find the radius of convergence of ...
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Why can we assume a certain term is $0$ in this case?

So, my differential equations book tries to guide us through the process of solving Airy's equation. We start off with $$y''-xy=0\space,\space -\infty<x<\infty$$ The book has already ...
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how to approximate this expression $\frac{1}{8}x^2(1-\frac{1}{12}x^2)/(1-\frac{1}{4}x^2)$

when x is small, for example <1, then the expression can be approximate by (from a book) $$ g(x)= \frac{-x^2}{8}{\frac { \left( 1-1/12\,{x}^{2} \right) }{1-1/4\,{x}^{2}} }= \frac{-x^2}{8} ...
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Find an infinite power series of the form an$z^n$ with radius of convergence 1 that converges for z such that |z|=1 except when z = z1, z2, …zm.

Find an infinite power series of the form $\sum_n a_n z^n$ with radius of convergence 1 that converges for every $z$ such that $|z|=1$ except when $z = z_1, z_2, \ldots, z_m$ where $z_1$, $z_2,\ldots, ...
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Proving the Bessel function solves the Bessel equation

Using the notation for the Bessel function as $J_n(z)=\sum \limits_{k=0}^{\infty}\frac{(-1)^kz^{n+2k}}{k!(n+k)!2^{n+2k}}$, I want to show that $w=J_n(z)$ satisfies ...
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Find the radius of convergence of the power series $\sum_{n=1}^\infty x^n/{ (4-{1\over{n}})^n}$

Find the radius of convergence of the following power series $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty{x^n\over(4-{1\over{n}})^n}$$