# Homework Help: Theoretical/non-tedious question about power series solution of y'' + y = 0

1. Apr 14, 2012

### s3a

1. "The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Find a recurrence formula for the power series solution around x = 0 for the differential equation given in the previous problem."

The previous problem says:
"Determine whether x = 0 is an ordinary point of the differential equation y'' + y = 0."

2. Relevant equations
Power series and related stuff.

3. The attempt at a solution
I have the solutions for both of these problems and I also know how to do them both. My question is just:

If x = 0 was not an ordinary point, what would that mean? Would that mean that I cannot assume a power series solution of the form y = [n=0 to inf] Σ[a_n (x - x_0)^n] (where x_0 = 0 in this case) exists or what?

Any input would be greatly appreciated!

2. Apr 14, 2012

### LCKurtz

If $x=0$ is a regular singular point, your series has to look like$$\sum_{n=0}^\infty a_nx^{n+r}$$

3. Apr 18, 2012

### s3a

If $x=a$ is an ordinary point and you want the expansion around that point, you would use a Taylor series centered at $a$:$$y=\sum_{n=0}^\infty c_n(x-a)^n$$