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Homework Help: Cubic approximation multivariable taylor series

  1. Jul 12, 2014 #1
    hi everyone , i don't understand these steps for Taylor Expansion , it has used for state space equations
    the equations are


    the approximations for sin and cos


    the equation for Taylor series is ( i don't understand at all )


    please help me if you can
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
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  3. Jul 12, 2014 #2
    please help me
  4. Jul 12, 2014 #3


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    Perhaps people need more help to understand what you are saying. You say "I don't understand these steps for Taylor expansion". The Taylor expansion of what function? And you have "taking the Taylor expansion of Eqn." Of what equation? There seems to be a lot here you are telling us.
  5. Jul 13, 2014 #4
    taking the Taylor expansion of Eqn ,

    i mean equations ( X'1 to X'8 )

    after that Taylor expansion has been taken like that

    ΔX'={ A0 + ΔA1(ΔX1)+ΔA3(ΔX3)+ΔA11(ΔX1^2))ΔX+B0 Δu → ( xx)

    i don't understand equation ( xx = taylor expansion ) , and how can i get A0 , ΔA1 , ΔA3, ΔA11

    i mean which rule they used to get A0 , ΔA1 , ΔA3, ΔA11

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  6. Jul 13, 2014 #5

    Ray Vickson

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    The author is NOT (at least initially) using Taylor expansions. He uses approximations of the form
    [tex] \sin x_1 \approx p_1(x_1) \equiv \frac{120}{\pi^5} x_1 (x_1 - \pi )\\
    \sin 2x_1 \approx p_2(x_1) \equiv \frac{315}{4 \pi^6} (2 x_1 - \pi)(2 x_1 – 2 \pi)\\
    \cos x_1 \approx p_3(x_1) \equiv \frac{315}{4 \pi^6} (x_1 + \frac{\pi}{2}) (x_1 - \frac{3 \pi}{2})
    etcetera. These are not Taylor expansions; if you read carefully you will see that he makes it clear in the article that he claims he is using a form of least-squares approximation to ##\sin x_1##, etc. However, it appears the author makes some errors; he should have
    [tex] \sin x_1 \approx \frac{120}{\pi^5} x_1 (\pi - x_1)[/tex]
    with sign opposite sign to what he writes; if you plot the two functions you will see that the approximation is not too bad over the interval ##x \in [0,\pi]##. However, the approximations ##p_2## and ##p_3## are horrible: they do not resemble the functions ##\sin 2x_1## and ##\cos x_1## at all, as you can see by plotting them.
  7. Jul 13, 2014 #6
    First, thank you for your reply, secondly I want to know if this approximations (p2 and p3) are not valid or horrible as you say, what is your advice for me to do?

    and why ΔA3 =0
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2014
  8. Jul 15, 2014 #7
    no one want to help me?
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