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Contour integral, taylor and residue theory question

  1. Aug 17, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/4339/69855059.jpg [Broken]
    I can't seem to get far. It makes use of the Exponentional Taylor Series:

    2. Relevant equations

    http://img31.imageshack.us/img31/6163/37267605.jpg [Broken]

    3. The attempt at a solution
    taylor series expansions for cos and 1/z i assume - and stick it into the residual theorem, but i need to get it into the laurent series form first so that i can find out b1. I think it's like pole order 4 or 5 so it's going to be a pain
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  3. Aug 18, 2009 #2
    my attempt at a solution
    is this on the right track?
    http://img219.imageshack.us/img219/2425/image123t.jpg [Broken]
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  4. Aug 18, 2009 #3


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    It has been a while but it does look correct to me. You can do it a little bit easier though if you know the series expansion of the cosine.

    z^5 \cos(\frac{1}{z})=z^5 \sum_{k=0}^{\infty} (-1)^k \frac{\left(\frac{1}{z}\right)^{2k}}{(2k)!}=...+\frac{-1}{6!z}+...
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  5. Aug 18, 2009 #4


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    Why is the Taylor's series for ez a "relevant" equation? Use the Taylor's series for cos(z), replace z by 1/z so that you get a power series in negative powers of z (a "Laurent series") and then multiply by [itex]z^5[/itex] so you have a power series with highest power z5 and decreasing. It should be easy to see that, integrating term by term, every term gives 0 except the z-1 term.
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