Questions regarding the Taylor series expansion of univariate and multivariate functions, including coefficients and bounds on remainders. A special case is also known as the Maclaurin series.

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Evaluating $\sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac{x^{3n}}{(3n-1)!}$

How can we obtain following formula? $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac{x^{3n}}{(3n-1)!}=\frac{1}{3}e^{\frac{-x}{2}}x\left(e^{\frac{3x}{2}}-2\sin\left(\frac{\pi+3\sqrt{3}x}{6}\right)\right).$$ I think if we ...
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Connection between Fourier transform and Taylor series

Both Fourier transform and Taylor series are means to represent functions in a different form. My question: What is the connection between these two? Is there a way to get from one to the other (and ...
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What are the practical applications of the Taylor Series?

I started learning about the Taylor Series in my calculus class, and although I understand the material well enough, I'm not really sure what actual applications there are for the series. Question: ...
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Is there a function with the property $f(n)=f^{(n)}(0)$?

Is there a not identically zero, real-analytic function $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$, which satisfies $$f(n)=f^{(n)}(0),\quad n\in\mathbb{N} \text{ or } \mathbb N^+?$$ What I got so far: Set ...
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Real-analytic periodic $f(z)$ that has more than 50 % of the derivatives positive?

Im looking for a real-analytic function $f(z)$ such that for any $z$ $1) $$f(z+p) =f(z)$ With $p$ a nonzero real number and where $z$ is close to , or onto the real line such that $z$ is in the ...
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Is there a formula similar to $f(x+a) = e^{a\frac{d}{dx}}f(x)$ to express $f(\alpha\cdot x)$?

Using the Taylor expansion $$f(x+a) = \sum_{k=0}^\infty \frac{a^k}{k!}\frac{d^k }{dx^k}f(x)$$ one can formally express the sum as the linear operator $e^{a\frac{d}{dx}}$ to obtain $$f(x+a) = ...
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Intuition explanation of taylor expansion?

Could you provide a geometric explanation of taylor expansion?
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Why do the endpoints of the Maclaurin series for arcsin converge?

The series $$\sum_{n=0}^\infty {{-\frac {1} 2} \choose n} \frac{(-1)^n}{2n+1}$$ is an endpoint for the Maclaurin series for arcsin(x). (The other endpoint is just the negative of this one.) I played ...
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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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Integral remainder converges to 0

I want to show that $\displaystyle \log(1+x)=\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}(-1)^{n-1}\frac{x^n}{n}$ for $-1<x\leq1$ i want to show it with the integral remainder of the taylor series that gave me: ...
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An issue with approximations of a recurrence sequence

By trying to give an approximation to a given recurrence sequence I encountered a problem. To be more precise I have a method but it fails if the right condition is not met and I wonder how I should ...
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How to prove $\int_0^1 \frac{1+x^{30}}{1+x^{60}} dx = 1 + \frac{c}{31}$, where $0 < c < 1$

This is an exercise from Apostol (p.285) that I'm having trouble with (in fact, I'm having trouble with the whole section): Prove that $\displaystyle{\int_0^1 \frac{1+x^{30}}{1+x^{60}} = 1 + ...
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Generalized binomial theorem

Prove that: $$(1+x)^{\alpha}=\sum_{n=0}^{+\infty}{\alpha \choose n} x^n$$ for $x\in[0;1), \alpha \in\mathbb{R}$ based on Taylor's theorem with Lagrange remainder. I don't feel such proofs. ...
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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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Weighted uniform convergence of Taylor series of exponential function

Is the limit $$ e^{-x}\sum_{n=0}^N \frac{(-1)^n}{n!}x^n\to e^{-2x} \quad \text{as } \ N\to\infty \tag1 $$ uniform on $[0,+\infty)$? Numerically this appears to be true: see the difference ...
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estimating the error of $\sin(x) = x$ with Taylor's Theorem

I want to calculate the numerical error in approximating $\sin(x)=x$ with Taylor's Theorem. Furthermore, what values of $x$ will this approximation be correct to within $7$ decimal places? Here is ...
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Are there always singularities at the edge of a disk of convergence?

Take a function that is analytic at 0 and consider its Maclaurin Series. Here are some examples I'll refer to: $$\frac{1}{1-x} =\sum_{n=0}^\infty x^n$$ $$\frac{1}{1+x^2} ...
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The error term in Taylor series and convolution.

I've been wondering a lot why is the remainder of the Taylor expansion of a function, $R_n(x)$, expressed (in one of the many forms) as something very similar to aconvolution. Precisely: $$R_n(x) = ...
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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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Why does this infinite series equal one?

Why does $$\sum_{k=1}^\infty \binom{2k}{k} \frac{1}{4^k(k+1)}=1$$ Is there an intuitive method by which to derive this equality?
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Interpreting higher order differentials

I'm trying to understand Taylor's Theorem for functions of $n$ variables, but all this higher dimensionality is causing me trouble. One of my problems is understanding the higher order differentials. ...
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How to expand $\tan x$ in Taylor order to $o(x^6)$

I try to expand $\tan x$ in Taylor order to $o(x^6)$, but searching of all 6 derivative in zero (ex. $\tan'(0), \tan''(0)$ and e.t.c.) is very difficult and slow method. Is there another way to ...
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A late-diverging “approximating solution” for a system of functional equations

Peace be upon you, At the end of this question, I have shown that how computing MLE on an i.i.d Beta distributed data, results in the following system \begin{align*} &\begin{cases} ...
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Remainder term in Taylor's theorem

I'm trying to understand the remainder in Taylor's theorem from this source: https://proofwiki.org/wiki/Taylor%27s_Theorem/One_Variable/Integral_Version I don't understand the very last parts of ...
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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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Do all polynomials with order $> 1$ go to $\pm$ infinity?

Background As background, I have found that taylor expansion provides poor estimates of a function at extreme parameter values. Indeed, the approximation at extreme values can get worse (more rapid ...
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Find a formula for Taylor series of $\left(\frac{1}{1+z^2}\right)^n$

So the way I think I should approach this is by getting a result for $n=1,2,3...$ and then examine them. I could easily get the Taylor series expansion for $n=1$, but then I don't really know how to ...
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Two ways to show that $\sin x -x +\frac {x^3}{3!}-\frac {x^5}{5!}< 0$

Show that: $\large \sin x -x +\frac {x^3}{3!}-\frac {x^5}{5!}< 0$ on: $0<x<\frac {\pi}2$ I tried to solve it in two ways and got a little stuck: One way is to use Cauchy's MVT, define $f,g$ ...
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Range of convergence for Taylor's series (about 0) for e^(sin x)

Is there anything wrong with my method below? Also, is there an easier method? For $sin\,x = \sum^{\infty}_{k=0}\frac{(-1)^kx^{1+2k}}{(1+2k)!}$, $L_1 = \lim_{k\rightarrow\infty} \left| ...
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Why is the Taylor expansion of $\cos$ decreasing?

Why is the Taylor expansion of $\cos$ decreasing ? $\cos(t)=1-\frac{t^2}{2!}+\frac{t^4}{4!}-\frac{t^6}{6!}+...$ such that one can estimate $\cos(t)<1-\frac{t^2}{2!}+\frac{t^4}{4!}$ I ...
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Laurent expansion of $\csc^2(\frac{\pi}{z})$ about $\frac{1}{3}$ for $|z-\frac{1}{3}| \lt \frac{1}{12}$

The question is: Find the Laurent expansion of $\csc^2(\frac{\pi}{z})$ about $\frac{1}{3}$ for $|z-\frac{1}{3}| \lt \frac{1}{12}$. In particular what is the coefficient of $(z-\frac{1}{3})^{-2}$. I ...
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Taylor series for logarithm converges towards logarithm

Is there a way to show that the Taylor series around 0 of $f(x) = \ln(1-x)$ converges towards $f$ on the interval $(-1,1)$, just by considering the remainder from the Taylor polynomial? I'm having a ...
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Taylor series expansion and the radius of convergence

Hello I have some problems concerning Taylor series. Given the function $$f(x)=e^{\sin{x}} $$ I concluded that the Taylor series expansion would be $$f(x) = ...
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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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Proof using Taylor's theorem

Use Taylor's theorem to prove that $\displaystyle\lim_{n \to \infty} n \ln\left(1+\frac{1}{n}\right)=1$ I don't understand how to apply Taylor's theorem to a limit, especially one with a product of ...
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Euler's identity in matrix form

I assume everyone is familiar with the famous mathematical identity due to L. Euler: $$ e^{i \, \pi} + 1 = 0,$$ where $i^2 = -1$ and $e$ is the base of natural logarithms. I was wondering if this ...
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Simplest proof of Taylor's theorem

I have for some time been trawling through the Internet looking for an aesthetic proof of Taylor's theorem. By which I mean this: there are plenty of proofs that introduce some arbitrary construct: ...
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How many smooth functions are non-analytic?

We know from example that not all smooth (infinitely differentiable) functions are analytic (equal to their Taylor expansion at all points). However, the examples on the linked page seem rather ...
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Closed-forms of infinite series with factorial in the denominator

How to evaluate the closed-forms of series \begin{equation} 1)\,\, \sum_{n=0}^\infty\frac{1}{(3n)!}\qquad\left|\qquad2)\,\, \sum_{n=0}^\infty\frac{1}{(3n+1)!}\qquad\right|\qquad3)\,\, ...
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$e$ to 50 billion decimal places

Sorry if this is a really naive question, but in my reading of a lot of textbooks and articles, there is a lot of mention of how many decimals we know of a certain number today, such as $\pi$ or $e$. ...
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On what interval does a Taylor series approximate (or equal?) its function?

Suppose I have a function f that is infinitely differentiable on some interval I. When I construct a Taylor series P for it, using some point a in I, does f(x) = P(x) for all x in I? I'm confused as ...
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Basic Taylor expansion question

I seem to have a misunderstanding of how to work with a Taylor series. Suppose I want to write $f(x)=x e^x$'s Taylor expansion of $n$ degree around $0$. I see two ways: 1) Find the $n$th ...
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How to determine the series for $ f(x) = \sqrt{1-\sqrt{1+\sqrt{1-\sqrt{1+x}}}} $ around $0$?

In trying to answer a recent MSE-question I came on the partial problem to determine the power series for the function $$ f(x) = \sqrt{1-\sqrt{1+\sqrt{1-\sqrt{1+x}}}} $$ I was not successful ...
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Limits of the solutions to $x\sin x = 1$

Let $x_n$ be the sequence of increasing solutions to $x\sin{x} = 1$. Define $$a = \lim_{n \to \infty} n(x_{2n+1} - 2\pi n) $$ and $$b = \lim_{n \to \infty} n^3 \left( x_{2n+1} - 2\pi n - \frac{a}{n} ...
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Remainder term of Lagrange Interpolation Polynomial

Suppose $x_0,x_1,\ldots,x_n$ are $n+1$ distinct numbers in the interval $[a,b]$ and $f\in C^{n+1}[a,b]$. Then for each $x$ in $[a,b]$, there is a number $\xi$ in $(a,b)$ such that $$f(x) = P(x) + ...
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Multiplying Taylor series and composition

I have two questions: A. I know the taylor series for $\arctan(x)$ and for $e^x$. How do I find the series for $\arctan(x)\cdot e^x$ ? B. Say I want to find the series for $\arctan(g(x))$, do I just ...
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What exactly are the “higher order terms” (H.O.T.) in Taylor series expansion in multivariable case?

I know the Taylor series expansion in single variable case: $$ f(x) = f(x_0) + f'(x_0)(x - x_0) + \frac{1}{2}f''(x_0)(x-x_0)^2 + \frac{1}{3!}f^{(3)}(x_0)(x-x_0)^3 + \frac{1}{4!}f^{(4)}(x_0)(x-x_0)^4 ...
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Infinite Series -: $\psi(s)=\psi(0)+\psi_1(0)s+\psi_2(0)\frac{s^2}{2!}+\psi_3(0)\frac{s^3}{3!}+.+.+ $.

We have a given converging series using derivatives and matrices(Analogue to Taylor's series) $\psi(s)_{3 \times 3}=\psi(0)+\psi_1(0)s+\psi_2(0)\frac{s^2}{2!}+\psi_3(0)\frac{s^3}{3!}+..+.. \tag 1$. ...
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Proving that $\frac{e^x + e^{-x}}2 \le e^{x^2/2}$

Prove the following inequality: $$\dfrac{e^x + e^{-x}}2 \le e^{\frac{x^2}{2}}$$ This should be solved using Taylor series. I tried expanding the left to the 5th degree and the right site to ...