# Asymptotic expansion

1. Jan 26, 2006

### Clausius2

I am used to expand functions in powers (not neccesarily integer) of an small parameter $$\epsilon$$

But someone tell me how the log or tan terms are calculated here?

$$sech^{-1}\epsilon\sim log(2/\epsilon)-1/4\epsilon^2-....$$

$$sin (2\epsilon)\sim 2tan\epsilon -2tan^3\epsilon+...$$

Thanx.

2. Jan 27, 2006

### Tide

If $y = sech^{-1}x$ then

$$x = sech y = \frac {2}{e^y + e^{-y}}$$

Now try solving for y in terms of x.

Incidentally, homework problems should be posted in the homework section.

3. Jan 28, 2006

### arildno

As for the second, we have:
$$\sin(2x)=2\sin(x)\cos(x)=2\tan(x)\cos^{2}(x)=\frac{2\tan(x)}{1+\tan^{2}(x)}$$

Perhaps that will help.