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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Is the derivative the natural logarithm of the left-shift?

(Disclaimer: I'm a high school student, and my knowledge of mathematics extends only to some elementary high school calculus. I don't know if what I'm about to do is valid mathematics.) I noticed ...
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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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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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$e$ 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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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 the Maclaurin series expansion of $\sin x$ related to the inclusion-exclusion principle?

When I see the alternating signs in the infinite series expansion of $\sin x$, I'm reminded of the inclusion-exclusion principle. Could there be any way to visualize it in such a way? Also, is there ...
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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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$x^3-3x-3=0$, prove that $10^x<127$

$x$ is the real root of the equation $$3x^3-5x+8=0,\tag 1$$ prove that $$e^x>\frac{40}{237}.$$ I find this inequality in a very accidental way,I think it's very difficult,because the actual value ...
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Under what conditions is integrating over a series expansion valid for an improper integral?

On stackoverflow, a question was asked about getting Mathematica to evaluate the integral, $$\int^\infty_0 \frac{e^{-x}}{\sin x} \, \mathrm{d}x$$ which we know is divergent. In one of the answers, ...
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Intuition explanation of taylor expansion?

Could you provide a geometric explanation of taylor expansion?
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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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Taylor series (or equivalent at $\epsilon\to0$) of the integral over $x$ of a function of $x$ and $\epsilon$

I have a function $f$ of two arguments, defined as $$ f(x,\epsilon)=\epsilon\left( e^{-\frac{(x-\epsilon)^2}{2}} - e^{-\frac{x^2}{2}}\right) + \frac{1-\epsilon}{\sqrt{1+\epsilon}}\left( ...
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A property of roots of the truncated series for $\sin(x)$

Let $p_n(x) = \sum\limits_{k=0}^n \frac{(-1)^kx^{2k+1}}{(2k+1)!}$ In other words, $p_n$ is the polynomial made of the first $n$ terms of the Taylor expansion of $\sin(x)$ around $x = 0$. ...
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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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Show that $e^x \geq (3/2) x^2$ for all non-negative $x$

I am attempting to solve a two-part problem, posed in Buck's Advanced Calculus on page 153. It asks "Show that $e^x \geq \frac{3}{2}x^2$ $\forall x\geq 0$. Can $3/2$ be replaced by a larger ...
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Quick way to expand $\cos^{-1}(\cos^2 x)$ up to $O(x^2)$

For a part of a question, I need to expand $\cos^{-1}(\cos^2 x)$ up to $O(x^2)$ about $x=0$. It took me quite a while to get an incorrect answer. What are some quick and efficient offline (i.e, no ...
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Clever derivation of $\arcsin(x)$ Taylor series

I was working the other day in the Math Help Centre, trying to help some first years with a calculus problem. The problem involved investigating the Taylor series of $\arcsin(x)$. Once the students ...
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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 are the Taylor Series derived?

I know the Taylor Series are infinite sums that represent some functions like $\sin(x)$. But it has always made me wonder how they were derived? How is something like ...
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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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Prove that $\lim_{x\to\infty} f'(x) = 0$ [duplicate]

Let $f(x)$ be twice differentiable on $(0,\infty)$ and let $\lim_{x\to \infty} f(x) = L<\infty$ and $|f''(x)| \le M$ for some $M>0$. Prove that $\lim_{x \to \infty} f'(x) = 0$. I've tried to ...
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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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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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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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Taylor series of a polynomial

Given a polynomial $y=C_0+C_1 x+C_2 x^2+C_3 x^3 + \ldots$ of some order $N$, I can easily calculate the polynomial of reduced order $M$ by taking only the first $M+1$ terms. This is equivalent to ...
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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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Practical Use of Series Expansion at $x=\infty$

Asking WolframAlpha on certain functions, it happens that you get a series expansion at $\infty$. Thinking of the expansion as an approximation of the function in the vincinity of a point $a$, like in ...
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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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Taylor Series and Fourier Series

Taylor series expansion of function, $f$, is a vector in the vector space with basis: $\{(x-a)^0, (x-a)^1, (x-a)^3, \ldots, (x-a)^n, \ldots\}$. This vector space has a countably infinite dimension. ...
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Taylor Series of $\frac{1}{1-\cos x}$

The problem is, as the title suggests, to find the Power Series Expansion of $\frac{1}{1- \cos x}$ around $x=c$. What I've tried: Direct Computation: Derivatives get very ugly quickly, and don't ...
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How can I compute this limit? [duplicate]

I have to compute $$ \lim_{n\to\infty} \exp(-n)\left(1+n+\frac{n^2}{2}+\ldots+\frac{n^n}{n!} \right)$$ I think the value is 1, but i don't know how to proof this. Do I have to estimate the remainder ...
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Function $f(x)$, such that $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} f(n) x^n = f(x)$

Consider a function $f(x)$. Define Taylor series $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} f(n) x^n$. Is there such a function, other than constant $0$, that $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} f(n) x^n = f(x)$? The Taylor series of ...
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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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Take 2: When/Why are these equal?

This didn't go right the first time, so I'm going to drastically rephrase the query. As per this previous question, I am wondering if the two series ...
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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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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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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 ...
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What are the properties of the roots of the incomplete/finite exponential series?

Playing around with the incomplete/finite exponential series $$f_N(x) := \sum_{k=0}^N \frac{z^k}{k!} \stackrel{N\to\infty}\longrightarrow e^z$$ for some values on alpha (e.g. ...
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What if $f^{(n)}(a)=0$ for all $n\geq 0$?

This morning I was trying to imagine what a function would look like if all it's derivatives were zero at a point $a$ (assuming it is $C^\infty$). My first thought was that it should be identically ...
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Approximating roots of the truncated Taylor series of $\exp$ by values of the Lambert W function

To everyone: don't bother writing up another answer, i'm giving this bounty Antonio's answer. It just doesn't let me yet (24 hours delay). If you map the nth roots of unity $z$ with the function ...
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taylor's formula in $\mathbb{R}^n$ as exponential of derivative operator

I hope this question is not too vague. There is some relationship between the formal operator $$e^\frac{d}{dx} = 1 + \frac{d}{dx} + \frac{1}{2!}\frac{d^2}{dx^2} + \ldots $$ and taylor's formula. ...
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Bounding Error term in Taylor Expansion of $\sqrt{1+x}$

I am attempting to justify the expansion $$ \sqrt{1+x}= 1 + \frac{x}{2} + \sum_{n=2}^{\infty}{(-1)^n \frac{1}{2n}\frac{(1-\frac{1}{2}) \cdots ((n-1)-\frac{1}{2})}{(n-1)!}x^n} $$ for $-1<x\leq 1$ ...
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Don't understand why this binomial expansion is not valid for x > 1

today I'm studying binomial expansion and I'm a little confused about when certain expressions are valid. E.g. take this solution from my textbook: I understand that $(1-x)^{-1}$ has an infinite ...
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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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Are Taylor series and power series the same “thing”?

I was just wondering in the lingo of Mathematics, are these two "ideas" the same? I know we have Taylor series, and their specialisation the Maclaurin series, but are power series a more general ...
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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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Explanation of Maclaurin Series of $x^\pi$

I am reviewing Calc $2$ material and I came across a problem which asked me to explain why $x^\pi$ does not have a Taylor Series expansion around $x=0$. To me it seems that it would have an expansion ...
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Using Taylor's Theorem to show that $\ln(1 + x^2) \leq x^2$

Can we show that if $\operatorname{abs}(x) \lt 1$, then $$\ln(1+x^2) \leq x^2\;,$$ using Taylor's Theorem? I am thinking of expanding it about $x=0$ but I got something like $$f(x) = -x^2 + ...
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Why does Maclaurin get his own polynomial?

Why is a Taylor polynomial centered around $0$ called a Maclaurin polynomial? It's only a special case of the Taylor polynomial, and it is calculated the exact same way as a Taylor polynomial centered ...
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Finding a three-term asymptotic expansion of the inverse function of $ f(x)=x^3+x$

I would like to find a three-term asymptotic expansion of $g$ the reciprocal function of: $$ f(x)=x^3+x$$ We have: $$ f(g(x))=x=g(x)^3+g(x)$$ As $$\ g(x) \rightarrow_{x\rightarrow \infty} \infty$$ ...