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Mary Boas: Mathematical Methods Problem 1.13.8

  1. Feb 17, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Using the methods of this section:
    (a) Find the first few terms of the Maclaurin series for each of the following functions.
    (b) Find the general term and write the series in summation form.
    (c) Check your results in (a) by computer.
    (d) Use a computer to plot the function and several approximating partial sums of the
    series.

    #8 [tex] \frac { 1 }{ \sqrt { 1-{ x }^{ 2 } } } [/tex]

    2. Relevant equations

    [tex] (1+x)^{P}=\sum _{ n=0 }^{ \infty }{ \binom {P} {n}} x^n [/tex]

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I got: [tex] \frac { 1 }{ \sqrt { 1-{ x }^{ 2 } } }=\sum _{ n=0 }^{ \infty }{ \binom {-1/2} {n}} (1-x^{2})^{n} [/tex]

    Solution manual's solution is: [tex] \frac { 1 }{ \sqrt { 1-{ x }^{ 2 } } }=\sum _{ n=0 }^{ \infty }{ \binom {-1/2} {n}} (-x^{2})^{n} [/tex]

    What went wrong?

    Thanks,
    Chris Maness
     
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  3. Feb 17, 2014 #2
    I see my mistake. I made a bad assumption when I subbed in 1+x^2=t+1. I needed to solve for t before I subbed it back in.

    Thanks,
    Chris Maness
     
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