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Homework Help: Laurent series: can calculate myself, just need a quick explanation how

  1. Feb 11, 2010 #1
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    Hi all,

    I've just calculated the first three nonzero terms of the Laurent series of 1/(cos(z)-1) in the region |z|<2pi, and now I've been asked to 'find the three non-zero central terms of the Laurent expansion valid for 2pi<|z|<4pi' - firstly, what does it mean by 'central terms', and secondly, how do I calculate an expansion valid in an annulus? I have no idea how to expand except for in a ball |z-a|<r, unless I'm being slow here (very possible)! Perhaps the second question will answer the first for me anyway - thanks very much for the help,

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  3. Feb 12, 2010 #2


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    "Central" probably means the terms around the z0 term. The Laurent series can have powers of z that go from -infinity to +infinity, so the "center" would be the n=0 term.
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