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 can I evaluate $\sum_{n=0}^\infty (n+1)x^n$

How can I evaluate $$ \sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{2n}{3^{n+1}} $$ I know the answer thanks to Wolfram Alpha, but I'm more concerned with how I can derive that answer. It cites tests to prove that it is ...
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About the limit of the coefficient ratio for a power series over complex numbers

This is my first question in mathSE, hope that it is suitable here! I'm currently self-studying complex analysis using the book by Stein & Shakarchi, and this is one of the exercises (p.67, Q14) ...
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Difficulties performing Laurent Series expansions to determine Residues

The following problems are from Brown and Churchill's Complex Variables, 8ed. From §71 concerning Residues and Poles, problem #1d: Determine the residue at $z = 0$ of the function ...
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Find the form of a second linear independent solution when the two roots of indicial equation are different by a integer

Consider the differential equation $$x^2y''+3(x-x^2)y'-3y=0$$ $(a)$ Find the recurrence equation and first three nonzero terms of the series solution in powers of $$ corresponding to the larger root ...
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Formal power series coefficient multiplication

Given that I have two formal power series: $$ A(x) = \sum_{k \ge 0} a_k x^k $$ $$ B(x) = \sum_{k \ge 0} b_k x^k $$ The Cauchy Product gives a series $$ C(x) = \sum_{k \ge 0} c_k x^k $$ $$ c_k = ...
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Help with summing a power series

I'd like to determine the function corresponding to the following power series: $$x + \sum_{n=1}^\infty (-1)^n\frac{1\cdot3\cdot5\cdots(2n-1)}{2\cdot4\cdot6\cdots2n} \frac{x^{2n+1}}{2n+1}, $$ where ...
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Show $\sum\limits_{n=0}^{\infty}{2n \choose n}x^n=(1-4x)^{-1/2}$

How do you prove that $\sum\limits_{n=0}^{\infty}{2n \choose n}x^n=(1-4x)^{-1/2}$? I tried to identify the sum as a binomial series, but the $4$ and the $-1/2$ puzzle me. (This series arises in ...
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Product of two power series

Say if I define a power series over some arbitrary field $F$ as $$a = \sum^{ \infty }_{i = 0} a_{i} X^{i} $$ Then can I say: $$ab = \sum^{ \infty }_{i = 0} \sum^{ \infty }_{j = 0} a_{i} b_{j} X^{i ...
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Proving an “amazing” claim regarding $\zeta( 3)$ and Apéry's proof

I recently printed a paper that asks to prove the "amazing" claim that for all $a_1,a_2,\dots$ $$\sum_{k=1}^\infty\frac{a_1a_2\cdots a_{k-1}}{(x+a_1)\cdots(x+a_k)}=\frac{1}{x}$$ and thus (probably) ...
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How to do a very long division: continued fraction for tan

I want to compute $$\tan(r) = \cfrac{r}{1 - \cfrac{r^2}{3 - \cfrac{r^2}{5 - \cfrac{r^2}{7 - {}\ddots}}}}$$ by dividing the power series for sin and cos as it is said can be done in ...
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How to calculate $f(x)$ in $f(f(x)) = e^x$?

How would I calculate the power series of $f(x)$ if $f(f(x)) = e^x$? Is there a faster-converging method than power series for fractional iteration/functional square roots?
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Formula for calculating $\sum_{n=0}^{m}nr^n$

I want to know the general formula for $\sum_{n=0}^{m}nr^n$ for some constant r and how it is derived. For example, when r = 2, the formula is given by: $\sum_{n=0}^{m}n2^n = 2(m2^m - 2^m +1)$ ...
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What is the expression for this summation?

Known that $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}{x^n}{z^n}=\frac{1}{1-xz}$. If we have $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}\frac{{x^n}{z^n}}{n\beta + \alpha}$ where $\beta, \alpha $ are element of real numbers but not equal $0$. ...
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Cauchy product on exponential-looking power series

Original posting by dioxen here: Double summation including power and factorial I am finding some trouble in computing the following sum: $$\sum_{k=0}^\infty \frac{x^k}{k!}\;\sum_{m=0}^k\frac ...
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What is the Riemann surface of $y=\sqrt{z+z^2+z^4+\cdots +z^{2^n}+\cdots}$?

The following appears as the second-to-last problem of Stewart's Complex Analysis: Describe the Riemann surface of the function $y=\sqrt{z+z^2+z^4+\cdots +z^{2^n}+\cdots}$. This problem ...
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How to express $(1+x+x^2+\cdots+x^m)^n$ as a power series?

Is it possible to express $(1+x+x^2+\cdots+x^m)^n$ as a power series?
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Radius of convergence of power series

Given a meromorphic function on $\mathbb{C}$, is the radius of convergence in a regular point exactly the distance to the closest pole? As Robert Israel points out in his answer, that this is of ...
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Riemann Zeta Function Manipulation

The Riemann zeta function is defined on the $Re z> 1$ by $$\zeta(z)=\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{n^z}$$ (i) show that for $Re z> 1$, we have $$(1-2^{1-z})\zeta(z)=\sum_{n=1}^\infty ...
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Series of nested integrals

I'm trying to calculate the following series of nested integrals with $\varepsilon(t)$ being a real function. $$\sigma = 1 + \int_{t_0}^t\mathrm dt_1 \, \varepsilon(t_1) + \int_{t_0}^t\mathrm dt_1 ...
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$\lim\limits_{x\to\infty}f(x)^{1/x}$ where $f(x)=\sum\limits_{k=0}^{\infty}\cfrac{x^{a_k}}{a_k!}$.

Does the following limit exist? What is the value of it if it exists? $$\lim\limits_{x\to\infty}f(x)^{1/x}$$ where $f(x)=\sum\limits_{k=0}^{\infty}\cfrac{x^{a_k}}{a_k!}$ and $\{a_k\}\subset\mathbb{N}$ ...
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How to find the radius of convergence?

The function is $\dfrac {z-z^3}{\sin {\pi z}} $. How to find the radius of convergence in $ z=0 $?
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How to calculate the integral of $x^x$ between $0$ and $1$ using series? [duplicate]

How to calculate $\int_0^1 x^x\,dx$ using series? I read from a book that $$\int_0^1 x^x\,dx = 1-\frac{1}{2^2}+\frac{1}{3^3}+\dots+(-1)^n\frac{1}{(n+1)^{n+1}}+\cdots$$ but I can't prove it. Thanks in ...
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What is the radius of convergence of $\displaystyle\sum z^{n!}$?

How could you find out the radius of convergence of $\displaystyle\sum z^{n!}$? I'm used to applying the ratio test to power series of the form $\displaystyle\sum a_{n}z^{n}$, but for a different ...
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Summing up the series $a_{3k}$ where $\log(1-x+x^2) = \sum a_k x^k$

If $\ln(1-x+x^2) = a_1x+a_2x^2 + \cdots \text{ then } a_3+a_6+a_9+a_{12} + \cdots = $ ? My approach is to write $1-x+x^2 = \frac{1+x^3}{1+x}$ then expanding the respective logarithms,I got a series ...
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Prove the following equation of complex power series.

Show that for $|z| \lt 1$ with $z \in \Bbb C$, we have $$ \sum_0^\infty \frac{{z^2}^k}{1-{z^2}^{k+1}} = \frac{z}{1-z} $$ $$ \sum_0^\infty \frac{2^k{z^2}^k}{1+{z^2}^{k}} = \frac{z}{1-z} $$ My guess ...
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Identify infinite sum: $\sum\limits_{n=0}^{+\infty}\frac{x^{4n}}{(4n)!}$

Find $f(x)$, the unknown function satisfying $$f(x) = \sum\limits_{n=0}^{+\infty}\frac{x^{4n}}{(4n)!}$$ I'm looking for a direct solution which is different from mine, if possible.
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Taylor series for different points… how do they look?

I can't understand what it means to do the Taylor series at the point $a$. The best way would be showing me how it looks for different $a$ on a graph. Do I find those graphs on the Internet?
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How to simplify $f(x)=\sum\limits_{i=0}^{\infty}\frac{x^{i \;\bmod (k-1)}}{i!}$?

$$f(x)=\sum_{i=0}^{\infty}\frac{x^{i \;\bmod (k-1)}}{i!}$$ ${i \bmod (k-1)}$ $\quad$ says the $x$ powers can be only $x^0$, $x^1$, ...,$x^{k-2}$ Understand simplify a way to transform this infinity ...
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How to construct this Laurent series?

How do I construct the following Laurent series (clipped off Wolfram Alpha)? I know that the numerator can be written as $-1+\frac{\pi}2 z-...$ Alternatively (without the Laurent series), how can I ...
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Calculating powers of 2 on a 2D grid without factoring.

Consider the following 2D infinitely large grid where the dots represent infinity: ...
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Factorial and exponential dual identities

There are two identities that have a seemingly dual correspondence: $$e^x = \sum_{n\ge0} {x^n\over n!}$$ and $$n! = \int_0^{\infty} {x^n\over e^x}\ dx.$$ Is there anything to this comparison? (I ...
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Fractal behavior along the boundary of convergence?

The complex power series $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{z^{n^2}}{n^2}$$ has radius $1$ (Ratio Test) and is absolutely convergent along $|z|=1$. Recalling something that my calculus professor (Ray Mayer, ...
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Is it possible for a function to be smooth everywhere, analytic nowhere, yet Taylor series at any point converges in a nonzero radius?

It is well-known that the function $$f(x) = \begin{cases} e^{-1/x^2}, \mbox{if } x \ne 0 \\ 0, \mbox{if } x = 0\end{cases}$$ is smooth everywhere, yet not analytic at $x = 0$. In particular, its ...
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How prove there is no continuous functions $f:[0,1]\to \mathbb R$, such that $f(x)+f(x^2)=x$.

Prove that there is no continuous functions $f:[0,1]\to R$, such that $$ f(x)+f(x^2)=x. $$ My try. Assume that there is a continuous function with this property. Thus, for any $n\ge 1$ and all ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Could we show $1-(x-\dfrac{x^3}{3!}+\dfrac{x^5}{5!}-\dots)^2=(1-\dfrac{x^2}{2!}+\dfrac{x^4}{4!}- \dots)^2$ if we didn't know about Taylor Expansion?

Suppose that humanity haven't discovered Taylor Series Expansion of trigonometric functions or of any function that would help us on this. Which means we are not allowed to replace the given infinite ...
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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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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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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 ...