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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Taylor Polynomial of $\arctan$ of given Degree and Error

Replace the following function by its taylor polynomial of the given grade, and approximate the error in the given interval: $$f(x) = \arctan(x) \textrm{ by } T_3(f,x,0) \textrm{ in } |x| ...
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Taylor polynomial of sin of given degree and error

Replace the following function by its taylor polynomial of the given grade, and approximate the error in the given interval: $$f(x) = \sin(x) \textrm{ by } T_3(f,x,0) \textrm{ in } |x| ...
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Find the Taylor Series for $f(x)$ centered at a given value $a$

$$f(x) = \frac{6}{x}\,\, \mathrm{at}\,\, a = -4 .$$ Assume that $f$ has a power series expansion. Do not show that $R_n(x) -> 0$ I took the derivatives of f(x): $$f(x) = 6/x$$ $$f'(x) = -6/x^2$$ ...
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Base 2 logarithm with Taylor expansion

I'm trying to implement the natural logarithm in C, and our task is to make it really efficient. So what we are doing is, that we use the first 8 members of the series. This works fine, but the ...
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Express the function as a Taylor series expansion

How would you find the Taylor series expansion of: $f(x) = \dfrac 3{2x -1} , \text{ at}\, a = 2$
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How to show $\prod_{i=1}^n (1-p_i) = \exp{(-\sum_{i=1}^n p_i)} + O(\sum_{i=1}^n p_i^2)$

I have a (seemingly) simple question. How can I see (rigorously) that \begin{equation} \prod_{i=1}^n (1-p_i) = \exp{\left(-\sum_{i=1}^n p_i\right)} + O\left(\sum_{i=1}^n p_i^2\right) \end{equation} ...
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Taylor polynomial and degree

I read that one can form Taylor polynomials for some functions, like $$\sin x\approx x - \frac{x^3}{3!} + \frac{x^5}{5!} - \frac{x^7}{7!}.$$ Is it correct to say that $\sin x$ has no Taylor polynomial ...
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Taylor Series of the Complex Log and Contour Integration

Write the Taylor series of $\text{Log}(1+w)$ with center at $w=0$ on $|w|<1$; check that if $|z-2|<1$, then $|z|>1$. (If you have difficulties in checking this formally, try to draw a ...
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Tangent Line Error Bound with Taylor Series

I have an equation, $e^x$, based at 0 (b=0). I am supposed to us the Tangent Line Error Bound to bound the error $|f(x)-T1(x)|$ on the interval I=[-1,1]. (Aside: I have already computed the first ...
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taylor expansion of function with a vector as variable

I know how to do a taylor expansion of a function from R to R. I dont know how to do taylor expansion of functions which have 3D vectors as variable. How can I do this? I would appreciate it if ...
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What is the nth derivative of $\dfrac{1}{\sqrt{1 + x^2}}$

I'm trying to find a general formula for the $n$th derivative of $$\dfrac{1}{\sqrt{1 + x^2}}$$ I got up to, \begin{eqnarray*} g^{(0)}(x) &=& g(x) \\ g^{(1)}(x) &=& \dfrac{1}{(1 + ...
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Electric dipole potential (Taylor expansion)

In the x-y plane, I have a charge of $-e$ at $\mathbf{r} = x \mathbf{i} + y \mathbf{j}$, and another of $+e$ at some point a distance of $\mathbf{s} = s\mathbf{i}$ from $\bf{r}$, such that the ...
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Need some information about Taylor Series.

Does a Taylor series always converge to its generating function? Can you please explain? Also, I've encountered an exercise in my Math book. What is the Taylor series generated by a function $ f = ...
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Hessian gives a worse approximation of a multivariate function

I have a real, smooth, multivariate (with 10 variables or many more) function, for which I have the exact Jacobian and Hessian. It turns out that unless the norm of the increment of the function is ...
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Approximate with error bounds, the integral $ \int^1_0 \dfrac{\sin x}{x}\,dx $

I actually already have the solution to this, but would just like some clarification of how the solution was reached. The solutions provided used the fact that by Taylor's theorem, $\sin x = T_6(x) ...
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Approximating arcsin from above

I am very new to function approximations, and I am interested in approximating arcsin with a function $f$, s.t. $f(x) \geq \arcsin(x)$ for all $x$. Taylor series would give me a function which is ...
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Error while inverting a function using n terms of its Taylor series

I have $b>a$ and an invertible and infinitely differentiable function $f$. If I want to evaluate $\epsilon=f^{-1}(b-a)$ by writing: $b\approx ...
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domain of convergence of a multivariable taylor series

consider the rational function : $$f(x,z)=\frac{z}{x^{z}-1}$$ $x\in \mathbb{R}^{+}/[0,1]\;\;$, $z\in \mathbb{C}\;\;$ .We wish to find an expansion in z that is valid for all x and z. a Bernoulli-type ...
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difference of square roots approximation

In two of my physics courses in the past week, I've come across an approximation for the difference of two square roots for large radicands: $\sqrt{x+a}-\sqrt{x+b}\approx\frac{a-b}{2\sqrt x}$ for ...
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Is the Taylor series comparable to Fourier series and spherical harmonics?

I am currently trying to grasp spherical harmonics and try to digest that we proved that the sine and cosine functions are a basis for the $L^2$ space of the squared-integrable functions. So as far ...
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Derivation of multivariable Taylor series

I am having trouble grokking why it is, assuming that the function is analytic everywhere (and many other assumptions that I am, no doubt, naively assuming), that this is true: ...
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Approximate function from sample data

Let $f\colon\mathbb{R}^n\to\mathbb{R}$ be a function. I don't have function definition. It's described as a fuzzy inference system. I have the inference system and can manipulate sample data for each ...
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About Problem of Taylor series

Carry out Taylor-series deployment of the following function. $$ \begin{align} f(x)&= \operatorname{sec}^2 x \tag{1}\\ g(x)&=\exp \left( -\frac{1}{(1-x)^2} \right) \tag{2} \end{align} $$ I ...
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What is the short way of computing the Taylor series using substitution

I know what to do when we have something like x cos(x), you just compute it for cosx and then multiply the terms by x at the end, but what do you do when you have something like ln(3x^2+1)? Do you ...
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How to compute the values of this function ? ( Fabius function )

How to compute the values of this function ? ( Fabius function ) It is said not to be analytic but $C^\infty$ everywhere. But I do not even know how to compute its values. Im confused. Here is the ...
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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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Taylor series of a modulus argument

What is the definition of a Taylor series of the function $F(|\vec a -\vec x|)$ about the point $\vec a$ in $\vec x$?
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Old versus New enunciation of Taylor's Theorem.

I am studying from Spivak' Calculus, and he states Taylor's Theorem as follows: THEOREM Let $f',\cdots,f^{(n+1)}$ be defined on $[a,x]$ and let $R_{n,a}(x)$ be defined by ...
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How is the error term in the Taylor expansion of a function arrived at?

$f(x)= \sum_{k=0}^{n} \frac{f^k(a)}{k!}(x-a)^k + \frac{ f^{n+1}(c) }{ (n+1)! } (x-a)^{n+1} $ I have some trouble understanding this, as it seems to imply that $ \frac{ f^{n+1}(c) }{ (n+1)! } ...
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Provide second order taylor expansion of manifolds near equilibrium

I have the following system of equations: $\dot{x}= x + y^2 + yz $ $\dot{y}= -y + z^2 +xz $ $\dot{z}= -2z +x^2 +xy $ I have to provide 2nd order Taylor expansion of 1. the local stable manifold ...
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Precision with Taylor Expansions

when you take a 1st order taylor expansion of a function, so: $$f(a) + f'(a)(x-a)$$ does that mean that if the result is only accurate to one decimal place? so for a value a.bcd, d would be the ...
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Sequence of polynomials that converges to $|x|$ over $[-1,1]$

Suppose I want to construct a sequence of polynomials that converges to $|x|$ pointwise. I am pretty good on proving that sequences of functions converge to things pointwise, but I am having trouble ...
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Can we leave out the first few terms in a Taylor series before doing the ratio test?

http://s12.postimage.org/gljh4ean0/what.jpg we can leave out the first two terms? how come we can do that? is it because the series goes to infinity? can we do that for all taylor series even if we ...
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A way of converting non-polynomial form of a function to polynomial form of a function - only taylor expansion?

Taylor expansion allows us to convert non-polynomial form of any function into polynomial form (though the function itself may not be polynomial, as the polynomail can contain infinite terms.). The ...
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Taylor expansion of $H = \sqrt{m^2 - \hbar^2 \nabla^2}$

$$ H = \sqrt{m^2 - \hbar^2 \nabla^2} $$ Suppose that there is a equation like this. How do you taylor-expand this equation? I am extremely confused.
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Function $k$ times differentiable $+$ root of multiplicity $k$

Problem: Consider the continuous function $f$ which is $k$ times differentiable: $f(\alpha )=f'(\alpha )=\cdots=f^{(k-1)}(\alpha )=0$ and $f^{(k)}(\alpha )\neq 0$. Assume that $\alpha$ is a root to ...
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Where do the factorials come from in the taylor series?

Unfortunately, I don't have much detail to give here. But is the general idea to cancel out the constant obtained from taking the derivative. For instance, say my function was ...
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Question about elementary and nonelementary functions.

Let $E(z)$ be an entire elementary function of (complex) $z$ and $N(z)$ be an entire nonelementary function of (complex) $z$. $e^{N(z)}$$N'(z) = E(z)$ The ' means derivative with respect to $z$. ...
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Repeated integration of a real valued bounded function.

I was reviewing the proof the remainder estimate for a Taylor series expansion and I came across something I can't find an intuitive explanation for: if you have a function f that's bounded on an ...
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Approximating $\arctan x$ for large $|x|$

I would like to know if there is reasonably fast converging method for computing large arguments of arctan. Until now I've came across Taylor series that converges only on interval $(-1,1)$ and for ...
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How fast does this grow: $f(x) =\sum\limits_{i=1}^{\infty} \dfrac{x^i}{i!^{1/2}}$ for real $x$?

How fast does this grow: $$f(x) =\sum_{i=1}^{\infty} \dfrac{x^i}{i!^{1/2}}, \qquad x\in\mathbb{R}?$$ Is it faster than $e^{x^2}$? If Im not mistaken the Bell numbers grow fast enough such that ...
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Why do we need Taylor polynomials?

This question doubles as "Is my understanding of what a Taylor polynomial is for, correct?" but In order to write out a Taylor polynomial for a function, which we will use to approximate said function ...
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Changing variables in the Fundamental Theorem

So let $g:[a,b]\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a $C^{n+1}$ function with $n\geq 0$. Suppose $a\leq x \leq b$, and let $h = x-a$. I want to show by changing variables in the fundamental theorem that: ...
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Taylor's Tangent Approximation

This is my question, A function of 2 variable is given by, $f(x,y) = e^{2x-3y}$ How to find tangent approximation to $f(0.244, 1.273)$ near $(0,0)?$ I need some guidance for this question. Am i ...
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Taylor Expansion of $f(x)=\sin x$

The Taylor Expansion of $f(x)=\sin x$ with a Lagrange remainder is: $\sin x = x-{x{3}\over 3!}+{x^{5}\over5!}+\cdots+{(-1)^{m-1}x^{2m-1}\over(2m-1)!}+{(-1)^{m}x^{2m+1}cos \theta x\over(2m+1)!}, ...
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Why is Taylor series expansion for $1/(1-x)$ valid only for $x \in (-1, 1)$?

After finding an expansion of $$ \frac{1}{1-x} = 1 + x + x^2 + x^3 + \ldots$$ a quick test of various values for $x$ reveals that this expansion is not valid for $\forall x \in \mathbb{R}-\{1\}$. ...
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Solve the differential equation using Taylor-series expansion

Solve the differential equation using Taylor-series expansion: $$ \frac{dy}{dx} = x + y + xy \\ y (0) = 1 $$ to get value of $y$ at $x = 0.1$ and $x = 0.5$. Use terms through $x^5$.
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Is there an easy way to expand $\arctan(1+x)$ at point $x=0$

I want to expand $\arctan(1+x)$ into Taylor series at the point $x=0$, but I do not want to calculate its higher order derivatives. Is there an easy way to do this, just as we done for $\arctan(x)$ ...
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Computing the elements of a Hessian matrix with finite difference

I have a generic function $g(x)$ where $x$ is an 6-dimensional vector. Now I want to compute the Hessian of this function for a point $x_0$. What is the most efficient way to do this? Can I do this ...
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Quadratic approximation of a cost function with a Taylor expansion

See also http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science/6-832-underactuated-robotics-spring-2009/readings/MIT6_832s09_read_ch12.pdf, page 92. Given an instantaneous cost ...