April 22nd, 2016, 11:07 AM  #1 
Member Joined: May 2015 From: Earth Posts: 64 Thanks: 0  Creating a power series expansion
I know that when f(x)=$\displaystyle e^x$, the sum of it is written as $\displaystyle x^n/n!$. Knowing this, how do I find the power series expansion for e^(x)1? Assume I know nothing about series. Thanks!!

April 22nd, 2016, 11:13 AM  #2 
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P.S. when I plugged this into the taylor series formula I got ( (1)^n(x^n) ) / (n!), but i'm not positive that's right

April 22nd, 2016, 11:23 AM  #3 
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As you say, the power series for $e^y = \sum \limits_{n=0}^\infty {y^n \over n!}$. (Here I have just replaced $x$ with $y$ for clarity). You want the power series for $e^{x}1$, so into the formula above you put $y=x$ and then subtract 1. You need to write the summation properly in order to get these correct  especially in this case. 
April 22nd, 2016, 11:57 AM  #4 
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Now would I stick a minus one in next to that fraction, or would I place (x1) where the y is?

April 22nd, 2016, 12:34 PM  #5 
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You know the answer to that! (It's the first).

April 22nd, 2016, 12:53 PM  #6 
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Thank you! I'm actually dealing with a similar problem now, well really a lot of problems, this stuff makes 0 sense to me. But i'm trying not to spam the forum! Anyways, i'm to turn f(x) = $\displaystyle 1/(4+x^2)$ into a taylor series, but again I am lost. I know that $\displaystyle 1/(1x)$ is put into the form $\displaystyle x^n$. Does that mean that in this case, it would be x^(2n)/4? I'm not too sure how to do it the mathematical way, but if this problem would be a good example in finding its taylor series form I would greatly appreciate that, otherwise i'll just take the same explanation from the previous problem. Thanks again! 
April 22nd, 2016, 01:05 PM  #7 
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Oops! I meant to say I know that $\displaystyle 1/(1+x)$ is put into the form $\displaystyle (x)^n$ so would that meant that in this case would it be put into the form (x/4)^(2n)?

April 22nd, 2016, 01:06 PM  #8 
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No. You need to turn the function you are given into the form you know. In this case we need to get the numbers the same in $f(x)$ as they are in ${1 \over 1x}$. Again for clarity we will write ${1 \over 1y} = \sum \limits_{n=0}^\infty y^n$. Then $$f(x) = {1 \over 4 + x^2} = \frac14 \cdot {1 \over 1 + {x^2 \over 4}} = \frac14 \cdot {1 \over 1  {x^2 \over 4}}$$ And now, with $y = {x^2 \over 4}$ we can create our series (which will be multiplied by $\frac14$). 
April 22nd, 2016, 01:42 PM  #9 
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Okay thank you, I never knew how to do this. So would the 1/4 go outside the epsilon, or inside it next to the $\displaystyle y^n $?

April 22nd, 2016, 01:46 PM  #10 
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$\displaystyle \dfrac{1}{4} \sum_{n=0}^\infty \dfrac{(1)^nx^{2n}}{4^n}$


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