# Power Series (Complex Analysis)

• Sep 21st 2008, 08:04 PM
Power Series (Complex Analysis)
Find the radius of convergence of the given power series.

(1) ${\sum_{k=0}}^{\infty}$ $\frac{(k!)^2}{(2k)!}(z-2)^k$

(2) ${\sum_{j=0}}^{\infty}$ $\frac{z^{3j}}{2^j}$

I'm not sure how to use the theorems given in my book to solve these.

Theorem: Suppose that ${\sum_0}^{\infty}$ $a_n(z-z_0)^n$ is a power series with a positive or infinite radius of convergence R.

(a) If $lim_{n \to\infty} |a_{n+1}/a_n|$ exists, then $\frac{1}{R} = lim_{n \to\infty}|\frac{a_{n+1}}{a_n}|$

(b) If $lim_{n\to\infty}\sqrt[n]{|a_n|}$ exists, then $\frac{1}{R} =lim_{n\to\infty}\sqrt[n]{|a_n|}$

Any help would be appreciated, thanks!
• Sep 21st 2008, 08:14 PM
jbpellerin
try the ratio test
so a(n+1)/a(n) = L
and the series is only convergent when L < 1

so if you can come up with an inequality and then solve for z
• Sep 21st 2008, 11:40 PM
choovuck
(1) use ratio test:
$\lim_{n\to\infty}\frac{a_n}{a_{n+1}}=\lim\frac{(2n +2)(2n+1)}{(n+1)^2}=4$, so $R=4$ (I think you have the mistake in the theorem in part (a))

(2) denote $z^3=t$. Then we have the series $\sum_{j=1}^{\infty}t^j/2^j$, so use (b):
$\lim a_n^{1/n}=\lim 1/2=1/2$, so the series converge for any $|t|<2$. This means the original series converge for any $|z|=|t|^{1/3}<2^{1/3}$, i.e. $R=2^{1/3}$
• Sep 22nd 2008, 10:20 AM
Moo
Quote:

Originally Posted by choovuck
(I think you have the mistake in the theorem in part (a))

And why ?
Isn't it equivalent to what you have done ? In any book talking about it, I've seen this rule stated this way... :/
• Sep 22nd 2008, 06:54 PM
choovuck
Oh, I think initially he wrote $1/R=\lim \frac{|a_n|}{|a_{n+1}|}$ rather than $1/R=\lim \frac{|a_{n+1}|}{|a_{n}|}$. So either he edited his post after my reply, or I just got confused. in any case, the answer is right.
• Sep 25th 2008, 04:07 PM
Quote:

Originally Posted by choovuck
(1) use ratio test:
$\lim_{n\to\infty}\frac{a_n}{a_{n+1}}=\lim\frac{(2n +2)(2n+1)}{(n+1)^2}=4$, so $R=4$ (I think you have the mistake in the theorem in part (a))

(2) denote $z^3=t$. Then we have the series $\sum_{j=1}^{\infty}t^j/2^j$, so use (b):
$\lim a_n^{1/n}=\lim 1/2=1/2$, so the series converge for any $|t|<2$. This means the original series converge for any $|z|=|t|^{1/3}<2^{1/3}$, i.e. $R=2^{1/3}$

Why does $R = 4$ instead of $\frac{1}{4}$ in problem (1)?
• Sep 25th 2008, 04:23 PM
I have a new problem I am stuck with too.

$\sum_{n = 0}^{\infty} 5^{(-1)n}z^n$

Seems simple enough, but I suck at power series...

$\frac{1}{R} = lim_{n \to \infty} \sqrt[n]{5^{(-1)}} = lim_{n \to \infty} (\sqrt[n]{5})^{(-1)}$

Right path so far? Way off? Help will be appreciated, thanks!
• Sep 25th 2008, 06:06 PM
choovuck
Quote:

Why does $R = 4$ instead of $\frac{1}{4}$ in problem (1)?

because 1/R is limit of a_{n+1}/a_n, so R is limit of a_n/a_{n+1}
• Sep 25th 2008, 06:07 PM
choovuck
Quote:

I have a new problem I am stuck with too.

$\sum_{n = 0}^{\infty} 5^{(-1)n}z^n$

I don't understand if you mean $5^{-n}$ or $5^{(-1)^n}$
• Sep 25th 2008, 07:13 PM
Quote:

Originally Posted by choovuck
I don't understand if you mean $5^{-n}$ or $5^{(-1)^n}$

Oops, my bad. $5^{(-1)^n}$ is the correct one.
• Sep 25th 2008, 07:14 PM
$5^{(-1)^n}$ means that it's the sequence 1/5, 5, 1/5, 5, ..., and then $\lim_{n\to\infty} \sqrt[n]{a_n}=1$ (since both $\lim_{n\to\infty} \sqrt[n]{5}=1$ and $\lim_{n\to\infty} \sqrt[n]{1/5}=1$), so R=1