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Rate of Convergence for sin(1/x^2) with Maclaurin is undefined?

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Sep14-11, 12:41 AM
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I decided to put my attempt at a solution before the question, because the "solution" is what my question is about.

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Find the rate of convergence for the following as n->infinity:
lim [sin(1/n^2)]

Let f(n) = sin(1/n^2) for simplicity.

2. The attempt at a solution
I was searching through other forums and resources, and finally found a solution.
It said to use the Maclaurin Series (thus x0 = 0), but this would make every term
to look like:

f(0) + f'(0)*(n^1) + (1/2)*f''(0)*(n^2) + (1/4)*f'''(0)*(n^3) + ... + remainder

3. Relevant equations
How can we solve when 1/0 is undefined?
For example, in *every* term we have a sin(1/0^x) somewhere. This doesn't work, obviously.

This is solvable using the first few terms of the Maclaurin polynomial according to other sources, but I do not understand how. Did I overlook something? Or am I fundamentally misunderstanding the question?

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Sep14-11, 12:51 AM
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Oh dear. I just figured it out.

We shouldn't be finding the Maclaurin series for sin(1/x^2) at all. It should be for sin(x) first (with x0=0), then we let x=1/x^2 afterwards. Silly me...

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