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Homework Help: Power series

  1. Dec 20, 2007 #1


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    This is from the teacher's notes
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    [tex]f(x) = \frac{x}{{9 + x^2 }} = \frac{x}{9} \cdot \frac{1}{{1 - \left( { - \frac{{x^2 }}{9}} \right)}} = \frac{x}{9}\sum\limits_{n = 1}^\infty {\left( { - \frac{{x^2 }}{9}} \right)^n } = \sum\limits_{n = 1}^\infty {\frac{{( - 1)^n x^{2n + 1} }}{{9^{n + 1} }}} [/tex]

    I can see distributing the n inside the parenthesis, to -1, x^2, and 9. But what's the justification for chaning it to n+1 for x^2 and for 9?

    The next step is
    This converges for [tex]\left| { - \frac{{x^2 }}{9}} \right| < 1\,\,\,\,\,\,or\,\,\,\,x^2 < 9\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\, - 3 < x < 3[/tex]
    (−3, 3)

    So what was the point in doing the last step in my first tex, if she just resorted to the 2nd to last step to determine the interval of convergence?
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    3. The attempt at a solution
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  3. Dec 20, 2007 #2
    she'll probably want you to give it's power series representation as well. my teacher made me give the power series in order to receive credit for the interval of convergence.
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  4. Dec 20, 2007 #3


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    You have x/9 outside the sum. Taking it inside the sum, and multiplying each term contributes one factor of x in the numerator and one factor of 9 in the denominator.

    What was the point of doing the whole problem? Yes, a geometric series, with common ratio r, converges for |r|< 1. You don't need the "x/9" for that. But putting the "x/9" inside the series makes it simpler.
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