# Sum of a ? Series

## Homework Statement

I have a question involving the sum of a series. I have already worked out a series, and the equation for a term in the series is:

((ln a)^n)/n!

a is just a variable, and n is the position in the sequence

a variation is:

(ln a)*((ln a)^(n-1))/n!

How would I start writing an equation for the sum of the series?

## The Attempt at a Solution

I tried using the variation and treating it as a geometric series, with (ln a) as the first term, but that didn't work, for obvious reasons, since the second part isn't exactly the difference/scalar

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rock.freak667
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## Homework Statement

I have a question involving the sum of a series. I have already worked out a series, and the equation for a term in the series is:

((ln a)^n)/n!

a is just a variable, and n is the position in the sequence

a variation is:

(ln a)*((ln a)^(n-1))/n!

How would I start writing an equation for the sum of the series?

## The Attempt at a Solution

I tried using the variation and treating it as a geometric series, with (ln a) as the first term, but that didn't work, for obvious reasons, since the second part isn't exactly the difference/scalar
For a minute let's make a quick substitution of x=lna

does the infinite sum of xn/n! look familiar?

For a minute let's make a quick substitution of x=lna

does the infinite sum of xn/n! look familiar?
Sorry, no. I haven't learned much more beyond simple geometric and arithmetic series

rock.freak667
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Sorry, no. I haven't learned much more beyond simple geometric and arithmetic series
Have you learned the Taylor/Maclaurin series of ex?

Have you learned the Taylor/Maclaurin series of ex?
No I haven't

rock.freak667
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No I haven't
In that case, without using the direct result of

$$e^x = \sum_{n=0} ^{\infty} \frac{x^n}{n!}$$

I am not sure how to get you a closed for solution.

In that case, without using the direct result of

$$e^x = \sum_{n=0} ^{\infty} \frac{x^n}{n!}$$

I am not sure how to get you a closed for solution.
so eln a=a

But is there any way to have an equation that would give you the sum of a given number of terms in the series?

Dick