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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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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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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Summing the power series $\sum\limits_{n=0}^\infty (-1)^n \frac{x^{2n+1}}{2n+1}\prod\limits_{k=1}^n\frac{2k-1}{2k} $

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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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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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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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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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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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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Deriving Maclaurin series for $\frac{\arcsin x}{\sqrt{1-x^2}}$.

Intrigued by this brilliant answer from Ron Gordon, I was attempting to find the Maclaurin series for $$f(x)=\frac{\arcsin x}{\sqrt{1-x^2}}=g(x)G(x)$$ with $g(x)=\frac{1}{\sqrt{1-x^2}}$ and $G(x)$ ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Proof that $\sum\limits_{k=1}^\infty\frac{a_1a_2\cdots a_{k-1}}{(x+a_1)\cdots(x+a_k)}=\frac{1}{x}$ 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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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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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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Some inequalities for an entire function $f$ [CSIR-NET-2014]

Let, $f(z)=\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}a_{n}z^{n}$ be an entire function and let $r$ be a positive real number. Then, which is(/are) correct? (a) $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}|a_{n}|^{2}r^{2n}\le \sup_{|z|=r} ...
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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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Uniform convergence in the endpoints of an interval

Study the pointwise and uniform convergence of the series $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty\dfrac{4^n}{n^2}\dfrac1{(1+x^2)^n}$$ I'm doing this exercise and I'm not sure about the following: What I've done ...
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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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Why $e^{\pi}-\pi \approx 20$, and $e^{2\pi}-24 \approx 2^9$?

This was inspired by this post. Let $q = e^{2\pi\,i\tau}$. Then, $$x := \left(\frac{\eta(\tau)}{\eta(2\tau)}\right)^{24} = \frac{1}{q} - 24 + 276q - 2048q^2 + 11202q^3 - 49152q^4+ \cdots\tag1$$ ...
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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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Proving that $\lim_{x\to1^-}\left(\sqrt[a]{1-x}\cdot\sum_{n=0}^\infty~x^{n^a}\right)=\Gamma\left(1+\frac1a\right)$

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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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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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\nolimits_{t_0}^t\mathrm dt_1 \, \varepsilon(t_1) + ...
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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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$\lim\limits_{x\to\infty}f(x)^{1/x}$ 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 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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Why is $ \sum_{n=0}^{\infty}\frac{x^n}{n!} = e^x$?

I am trying to see where this relationship comes from: $\displaystyle \sum_{n=0}^{\infty}\frac{x^n}{n!} = e^x$ Does anyone have any special knowledge that me and my summer math teacher doesn't know ...
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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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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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Why don't we have an isomorphism between $R[x]$ and $ R[[x]]$?

$R$ is a ring. Why don't we have an isomorphism $$ R[x] \cong R[[x]]\ ? $$
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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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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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Show that $\sum_{n=0}^\infty r^n e^{i n \theta} = \frac{1- r\cos(\theta)+i r \sin(\theta)}{1+r^2-2r\cos(\theta)}$ [closed]

Show that $$\sum_{n=0}^\infty r^n e^{i n \theta} = \frac{1- r\cos(\theta)+i r \sin(\theta)}{1+r^2-2r\cos(\theta)},$$ where $0\leq r <1$. Using this, prove that $\sum_{n=0}^\infty r^n ...
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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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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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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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Lagrange Bürmann Inversion Series Example

I am trying to understand how one applies Lagrange Bürmann Inversion to solve an implicit equation in real variables(given that the equation satisfies the needed conditions). I have tried looking for ...
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Formal power series ring, norm. [closed]

Let $k$ be a field. Let $R$ be the formal power series ring $k[[x]]$. Define $N$ on $R \setminus \{0\}$ as follows: $N(f)$ is the smallest $n$ of which the coefficient of $x^n$ in $f$ is nonzero. (a) ...
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Compute the sum $\sum_{k=1}^{\infty}k^mz^k$ where $|z|<1$

Do you know how to find the limit of $\sum_{k=1}^{\infty}k^mz^k$ where $|z|<1$ and m is a natural number? I've tried to google it in wiki but I do not understand the closed form ...
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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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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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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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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 ...