A MacLaurin series is a power series, with "C" equal to 0. A "power series" is any infinite sum of functions where the functions are powers of x- C. A Taylor's series is a power series associated to a given function by a specific formula.
Hi,
A question asks to find a Maclaurin series for 1/(1+4x)
I know 1/(1+x) = 1 - x + x^2 - x^3 + x^4 - ...
Therefore 1/(1+4x) = 1 - 4x + (4x)^2 - (4x)^3 + (4x)^4 - ... = Sum(0, inf) (-1)^n * 4^n * x^n
And the answer key says that is correct. But I am confused, because isn't that just a power series representation? I thought Maclaurin and Taylor series representations had to be of the form [f^(n)(C)/n!]*(x-C)^n. There is no n! in my answer, so how is it a Maclaurin series representation?
tl;dr: What is the difference between a power series and maclaurin series representation?
Thanks
A MacLaurin series is a power series, with "C" equal to 0. A "power series" is any infinite sum of functions where the functions are powers of x- C. A Taylor's series is a power series associated to a given function by a specific formula.
More specifically, a Taylor Series is a Power Series representation of a function and is equal to . If you can find a series representation of a function by some other means (such as analysing a geometric series), then this will be equal to a Taylor series of the function (though you may need to write in any terms that have a 0 coefficient).