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Laurent expansions with only one factor in the denominator of the function

  1. Jul 28, 2009 #1

    I know how to do the Laurent expansions for a function that has two or more factors in the denominator (for eg: 1/(z-1)(z-2) ). But what if that there is only 1 factor in the denominator, like (z-1)/(z+1)?

    I know how to do the computations for both of the cases, however, the thing that I'm confused with is that of the domains of each case:

    for the first case (the example): I know that the domains will be |z|<1, 1<|z|<2, and |z|>2

    However, what's for the second case then? This is because when I try to find the singularities, it will result in |z|<-1 --> and this is not possible because absolute values won't be less than 0, i.e absolute values can't be negative.
    So then will the domain be |z|<1? or |z|>1? because the computational part to find the expansions for |z|<1 will be different from |z|>1, am I right?

    Thank you! :)
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  3. Jul 28, 2009 #2


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    Laurent expansion about what point? The Laurent expansion of (z-1)/(z+1) about any point other than z= -1 is just its Taylor series about that point. The Laurent series about z= -1 is trivial! (z-1)/(z+1)= (z+1- 2)/(z+1)= (z+1)/(z+1)- 2/(z+1)= 1- 2/(z+1). That is the Laurent series.
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