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Complex power series to calculate Fourier series

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I never took complex analysis in undergrad and always regretted it, so I'm working through the book Visual Complex Analysis on my own. Really enjoying it so far.

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Actually you can view the problem http://books.google.de/books?id=ogz5FjmiqlQC&printsec=frontcover&hl=en#PPA117,M1", it's #21 at the top of the page.

Show that the Fourier series for [tex][\cos(\sin \theta)]e^{\cos \theta}[/tex] is [tex]\sum^{\infty}_{n=0} \frac{\cos n \theta}{n!}[/tex].

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The author suggests substituting [tex]z=re^{i \theta}[/tex] into the power series for [tex]e^z[/tex] and then isolating the real and imaginary parts.

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I don't really understand why the substitution. So then you end up with [tex]\sum \frac{r^n [\cos(n \theta) + i \sin (n \theta)]}{n !}[/tex]. But I don't see how this gets me any closer to equating [tex][\cos(\sin \theta)]e^{\cos \theta}[/tex] and [tex]\sum \frac{r^n \cos(n \theta)}{n!}[/tex].

A nudge in the right direction would be appreciated. Thanks for looking.
 
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Show that the Fourier series for [tex][\cos(\sin \theta)]e^{\cos \theta}[/tex] is [tex]\sum^{\infty}_{n=0} \frac{\cos n \theta}{n!}[/tex].

The author suggests substituting [tex]z=re^{i \theta}[/tex] into the power series for [tex]e^z[/tex] and then isolating the real and imaginary parts.
Hi terhorst! :smile:

(have a theta: θ :wink:)

Hints:

i] use r = 1

ii] what is cos(eisinθ) ? :smile:
 

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