You need to find the Maclaurin series, then find radius of convergence.
Around x = 0 for ln(1-x).
Can someone explain what I'm looking for here? I don't want the problem worked, just a guide through the process. I tried looking up the definition for "radius of convergence" but I don't really understand it.
Thank you.
You use the term 'interval of convergence' if the power series is in the real x variable, 'radius of convergence' if the power series in in the complex z variable. If the circle of convergence is centered in z=0, then the interval of convergence is twice the radius of convergence...
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It can be shown, by using the ratio test, perhaps, that a power series of the form [itex]\sum a_n(x- a)^n[/itex] must converge on some "interval of convergence" [a- r, a+ r] centered on a. r is the "radius of convergence. In the complex numbers, which is geometrically represented as a plane that "interval of convergence" is a disk and the "radius of convergence really is a radius.
By "smooth" I basically mean "differentiable".
On a qualifying test in graduate school, one of the problems was to find the radius of convergence for the MacLaurin series of about the point z= 1 (there were a lot harder questions on the test!). One of my friends actually calculated the MacLaurin series and then the radius of convergence. I just argued that the function is differentiable (in fact, infinitely differentiable and even analytic) for all z except z= i and z= -i. The distance from 1 to i or -i is so the radius of convergence is [itex]\sqrt{2}[/tex]. Much faster!