# Use of method of undetermined coefficients

1. Sep 26, 2009

### vineethbs

Use of "method of undetermined coefficients"

Hi all,

Suppose I have a equation

$$f(z+1) - f(z) = z^{1/2} , \forall z \geq 0$$eq (1)

then is it possible to solve this equation by the method of undetermined coefficients ?

It is usually seen in textbooks that the forcing function is taken to be sinusoidal or polynomial or exponential when the method of undetermined coefficients is used. Why is this so ? What kind of properties must the forcing function satisfy so that this method can be used ?

In the above eq (1), if suppose I assume that f(z) is say
$$c_{1} z^{1/2} + c_{2} + c_{3} z^{-1/2} + \cdots$$
and then substitute in eq (1),
then can I do a Taylor series expansion for an arbitrarily large z ?
for eg :
$$c_{1} (z + 1)^{1/2} = c_{1} z^{1/2} * (1 + \frac{1}{z})^{1/2}$$

and then expand out the 1 + .. term in a Taylor series expansion ?

Does this lead to a series solution ?