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How to prove bessel function J1/2(x) = sqrt(2/πx)sinx;

  1. May 1, 2009 #1
    I really have no idea.

    I started with the frobenius method. Until the recurrence formula.

    I got that already. But I just don't know where to plug in the 1/2 into the equation. Can anyone help? I just need to know where to put in the 1/2?

    Or can i use the normal bessel function which in general.

    J_m(x) = \sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac{(-1)^n}{2^{m+2n}n!(n+m)!}x^{m+2n} = x^m \sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac{(-1)^n}{2^{m+2n}n!(n+m)!}(x^2)^n

    to prove that function?

    need advice thanks..
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  3. May 1, 2009 #2
    using series from the general case actually works.

    to plug the 1/2 into this equation, you will need to study a special case of the gamma function for the factorial. Once you do this, the whole 2^(m+2n)∙n!∙(n+m)! should simplify nicely for m=1/2.


    to prove that J1/2(x) = sqrt(2/πx)sinx, you would better factorize x^(m-1) out of the sum and remain with x^(2n+1), this should simplify more easily.
  4. May 1, 2009 #3
    the whole thing will become this . but how does it simplify to sinx?


    J_m(x) = \sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac{(-1)^n}{2^{1/2+2n}n!(n+1/2)!}x^{1/2+2n} = x^1/2 \sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac{(-1)^n}{2^{1/2+2n}n!(n+1/2)!}(x^2)^n


    i mean how to simplyfy the (n+1/2)!. thanks
  5. May 2, 2009 #4
    just use (n+1/2)! = Γ(n+1/2 + 1 )
  6. May 2, 2009 #5
    with that Γ(n+1/2 + 1 )

    am I able to simplify it to sinx ?
  7. May 3, 2009 #6
    thanks for the advice..

    i have got the solutions.. thanks
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