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Taylor Series Problem

  1. Sep 30, 2006 #1
    I have got a question here that puzzles me.

    How do I use TAYLOR SERIES to find the 2005th derivative for the function when x=0 for the following function:

    f(x) = inverse tan [(1+x)/(1-x)]

    Part (1) I was hinted that differentiating inverse tan x is = 1/(1+x^2).

    Part (2) After which, I need to integrate 1/(1+x^2) and include some ARBITRARY constants to get back inverse tan [(1+x)/(1-x)]

    I would like to know how whats the approach for part (2) as I am very confuse now.

    Hope you can help. Thanks! :shy:
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  3. Sep 30, 2006 #2


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    I don't know why you'd be confused, so let's take a step back. What Taylor series did you get as the answer to part (1)?
  4. Sep 30, 2006 #3
    Well. the series for the part (1) is a geometric series
    I get Summation from n=0 to infinity : (-1)^n * (x)^2n

    But i just couldn't see/figure out what part (2) is saying. Including some arbitrary constant? Pardon me if I am abit slow. I just couldn't see the link here.
    How do I determine the arbitrary constant?
  5. Sep 30, 2006 #4


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    Haha! This reminds me of my first "multivariable calc" professor who was exasperated at us during the correction of our exam from realizing that half the class had manually computed 12 derivatives of f to answer the question "knowing the maclaurin series of f is ..., compute the 12th derivative of f at x=0." :rofl:

    Maybe your teacher had a similar experience int he past years! :rofl:
  6. Sep 30, 2006 #5


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    By evaluating your series and f(x) at the same convenient value of x. I'd suggest x=0 is very convenient.

    You should first ask though, does this arbitrary constant matter at all when looking at the 2005th derivative?
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  7. Sep 30, 2006 #6
    Hello shmoe, what I done was to get the TAYLOR SERIES for that
    inverse tan [(1+x)/(1-x)]. I got that by subsituting [(1+x)/(1-x)] into the X of the TAYLOR SERIES of inverse tan X.
    Then I compare it with the TAYLOR SERIES definition/formula to find the 2005th derivative when x=0.

    Just want to know whether my approach is correct or not?
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2006
  8. Sep 30, 2006 #7


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    This seems like a disaster will happen. Try finding the Taylor series of inverse tan [(1+x)/(1-x)] directly, what is the derivative of inverse tan [(1+x)/(1-x)]?

    ps. You don't have to capitalize all of "Taylor series", just the "T" will do.
  9. Oct 1, 2006 #8
    Thanks everyone. I got it now. @,@
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