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Homework Help: Integration and convergence

  1. May 11, 2008 #1
    When representing a function as a power series, why do we evaluate the constant C of integration at 0 to determine the value of C?

    Also, if the limit of a function is 0, does that mean that the function itself converges to 0?
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  3. May 11, 2008 #2


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    What does "representing a function as a power series" have to do with integrating? The most common way of writing a function as a power series is the Taylor's series method that involves differentiation. Could you give a specific example of what you are talking about?

    What do you mean by "function itself converges to 0"? "Convergence" always implies a limit. Do you mean the value of the function is 0?

    If the limit, as x goes to a, of f(x) is any specific value L (which could be 0) and f is continuous at a, then, yes, f(a)= L. That is the definition of "continuous".
  4. May 11, 2008 #3
    For the first question I am just referring to when figuring out the constant C from an indefinite integral, is the protocol to plug in zero into f(x) to see what the value of C is?
  5. May 12, 2008 #4

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    Not always, 0 may be the most convenient but any point within the domain of the function can be used. Sometimes 0 is not in the domain.
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