Calculus Two: Sequences and Series is an introduction to sequences, infinite series, convergence tests, and Taylor series. The course emphasizes not just getting answers, but asking the question "why is this true?"

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Calculus Two: Sequences and Series

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The Ohio State University

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Calculus Two: Sequences and Series is an introduction to sequences, infinite series, convergence tests, and Taylor series. The course emphasizes not just getting answers, but asking the question "why is this true?"

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Taylor Series

In this last module, we introduce Taylor series. Instead of starting with a power series and finding a nice description of the function it represents, we will start with a function, and try to find a power series for it. There is no guarantee of success! But incredibly, many of our favorite functions will have power series representations. Sometimes dreams come true. Like many dreams, much will be left unsaid. I hope this brief introduction to Taylor series whets your appetite to learn more calculus.

- Jim Fowler, PhDProfessor

Mathematics

Sin [SOUND]. It's not too painful to differentiate sin, even if we gotta do it a whole bunch of times. Well, here we go. here's my function. I'm going to call it f. So f of x is sin x. And now let's start differentiating. So, the derivative of f, derivative of sine, is cosine. The derivative of cosine is negative sine, so that 's the second derivative sine.

The derivative of negative sine is negative cosine, so it's the third derivative sine. The fourth derivative of F is the derivative of negative cosine which is, sine again. because it's negative, negative sine so it's just sine. The fifth derivative of sine is the derivative of sine again, which is just cosine of X again. Now, let's evaluate those derivatives at zero.

Well, f of zero is zero. F prime of zero cosine of zero is one. F double prime of zero. So what's negative sine of zero? That's zero. The third derivative at zero is negative cosine of zero. That's negative one. The fourth derivative at zero is sine of zero. That's zero. The fifth derivative at zero is cosine of zero, which is one. We're seeing a pattern. You know what's really going on, is that the fourth derivative of sine is itself. So the fifth derivative of sine, is the same as the first derivative of sine. Means the sixth derivative of sine is the same as the second derivative of sine. So, if we're just looking at these derivatives at zero, we're seeing 0, 1, 0, minus 1 0, 1. What's the sixth derivative at zero? It's going to be zero again. What's the seventh derivative at zero? Well. It's got to be minus 1. Now because it's 0,1,0 minus 1 and fourth derivative is the same as the 0 of the derivative. Like the fourth derivative is the function itself again. So, it's 0,1,0 minus 1, 0,1,0 minus 1 that 8th derivative at 0 would be 0, the 9th derivative at 0 would be 1. The tenth derivative at zero would be zero. The eleventh derivative at zero would be minus 1. And they just keep on going. 0, 1, 0, minus 1, 0, and so on, and so forth. Finding that pattern lets us write down the Taylor series around zero. Well, here's what it ends up being. Or at least this is one way of writing down what it ends up being. So, the Taylor series around zero. So, centered around zero. For Sine is the following. It's the sum, angles from zero to infinity of negative one to the nth power divided by 2n plus 1 factorial times X to the 2n plus one power but why does that work? When you think about this, I've made this table here. So, this is our little table that shows n and in below here is the nth derivative of Sine evaluated at 0. I'd say the 0th derivative is just a function Sine at 0. The first derivative is Cosine at 0 which is 1. So, am using the numbers that we have computed before and we've got this pattern that we saw 0, 1, 0, minus 1, 0, 1, 0, minus 1 and so on. But we should notice Is that in all the even derivatives are 0. So this thing doesn't include any terms with x to an even power, and that's why I've written x to 2n plus 1. This is kind of a sneaky trick just for recording all of the odd powers. And what about those terms with x to an odd power? Well, when n is an odd number, I'm flip-flopping in sign, in sign, and that's exactly what this minus 1 to the n accomplishes for me. This is all pretty great. But it's raising a very serious question. Is this power series actually equal to sin of x on any interval? That is the problem. We're assuming that sine has a power series representation valid on an interval around zero. And if it can be represented as a power series, then we've figured out what the power series has to be. But how do we know that sine has any power series representation? That's the problem that remains. [NOISE]

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