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  1. #1
    Mar 2008

    Taylor Series

    I am currently looking over some revision questions from past papers and came across the following:

    Compute all terms in the Taylor Series expansion of the function f(x,y)=x^2+y^2 (ie: x squared plus y squared) about the point (1,1).

    Basically, here is where I am:

    Write x=(x-1)+1 and y=(y-1)+1.

    = (x-1)^2+2(x-1)+1+(y-1)^2+2(y-1)+1


    I am then unsure what to do from here. Is this the end of the question? I cannot find a Taylor expansion which deals with (x-1) or (y-1) to write either of these as infinite series.

    I would basically just like to know if there is anything else that is needed to finish answering the question, or is this done here? I thought about expanding the (x-1) and (y-1) terms, but surely then I will be going back to where I started from (ie: x^2+y^2).

    Thanks for any help in advance.
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  2. #2
    Global Moderator

    Nov 2005
    New York City
    You should note that the higher order derivatives die off. Meaning $\displaystyle f_{xxx},f_{xxy},f_{yyy},...$ are all zero. So it remains just to compute $\displaystyle f_x,f_y,f_{xy},f_{xx},f_{yy}$ to get this Taylor series.
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