# Maclaurin Polynomials

1. Jul 24, 2012

### Mosaness

1. Find the Maclaurin polynomials of order n = 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4, and then find the nth MacLaurin polynomials for the function in sigma notation.

cos(∏x)

2. Here is what I did:
p0x = cos (0∏) = 1
p1x = cos(0∏) - ∏sin(0∏)x = 1
p2x = cos(0∏) - ∏sin(0∏)x -$\frac{∏2(cos∏x)(x2)}{2!}$(

and so on.....

And the pattern that forms are that the odd values for k are 0.

So p0x = p1x
and p2x = p3x

etc etc.

fk(x) = (∏)kcos(∏x)'
and fk(0) = (∏)k(-1)k

As for the sigma notation:

Here is what I obtained:
Ʃnk = 0($\frac{(∏2k(-1)k}{k!}$(x)2k

According to the solution manual however, there is a n/2 on top of the sigma notation instead of a n.

I don't understand .

2. Jul 24, 2012

### LCKurtz

No. That isn't right if k is odd.

I think the only thing wrong with your final answer is you should have a $(2k)!$ in the denominator. Then note that your general sum gives only the even powers, which are the only non-zero terms. Your book's answer probably has something to do with indexing it differently. Hard to say without seeing it.