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Maclaurin Series used to find associated radius of convergence Q!

  1. Dec 11, 2005 #1
    I have the Maclaurin series for cos (x), is their a way to find its radius of convergence from that?

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    Is there a trick to find the shorter version of the power series for the Maclaurin series, I can never seem to find it so instead of the long series with each term but like E summation (the series)
     
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  3. Dec 11, 2005 #2

    shmoe

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    you can try the ratio test.

    Err, do you mean writing the series using the sigma notation instead of the first few terms followed by some ...? You want to look for patterns in the coefficients. No real trick, practice will help though.
     
  4. Dec 11, 2005 #3
    Yeah i tried the ratio test, but the radius of convergence it sayed in the big is infinity, how is that possible as it has to be n < 1?
     
  5. Dec 11, 2005 #4

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    I don't understand what you're saying, what's "in the big" mean? What are you calling n that it has to be less than 1?
     
  6. Dec 11, 2005 #5
    Sorry I ment to say in the book the radius of convergence is infinity, how is that possible seeing the result of the ratio test gives you L and it has to be less then 1? how to you get that radius of infinity?
     
  7. Dec 11, 2005 #6

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    You should have found that for *any* value of x, the limit the ratio test gives is always less than 1, hence the series converges for all values of x and we say the radius of convergence is infinity.
     
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