# Homework Help: Maclaurin series coefficient

1. Apr 16, 2009

### jnimagine

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
find coefficient of x^4 in the MAclaurin series for f(x)=e^sinx

2. Relevant equations
ok... so taking derivatives 4 times for this function.....gave me a mess!!! @.@
can someone help me in simplying the derivatives...?
1. cosxe^sinx
then for 2. is it -sinxe^sinx-sinxcosxe^sinx....?
= . = i'm getting lost with these derivatives.....

same for e^3xcos2x... gets sooo complicated...

Last edited: Apr 16, 2009
2. Apr 16, 2009

### xepma

Don't try to find it by determining the derivatives. You already know the expansions of the function sin x and e^y. Just plug them in, and expand up till 4th order (or better to just look what terms contribute to the x^4 coefficient).

E.g.:
$$e^{\sin x} = \sum_{k=0}^\infty \frac{(\sin x)^k}{k!}$$

Then plug in the expansion for sin x and collect the terms.

3. Apr 17, 2009

### jnimagine

hmm i'm still not too sure...
I do get the series u've written above... now for sinx i expand it like x - x^3/3! + x^5/5!... up to the fourth order.... and plug in 0??.... doesn't that just make everything equal to 0.....????

4. Apr 18, 2009

### Staff: Mentor

I think what xepma is talking about is this$$e^{\sin x} = \sum_{k=0}^\infty \frac{(\sin x)^k}{k!}$$
$$= 1 + sin(x)/1 + sin^2(x)/2 + sin^3(x)/3! + ...$$

Now, put in your series for sin(x), sin2(x) and so on. You probably won't need the sin3(x) and might need only a term or two for the sin2(x) part.