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    series expansion of an elliptic integral

    my problem is: find a series expansion in the variable k of F(k, pi/2) for 0 < k < 1

    F(k, pi/2) = [integral from 0 to pi/2] dx/SQRT(1-ksinx)^2)

    what is a good starting point for this?
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    Hey, check out the Wikipedia entry on the Binomial expansion. For fractional powers in the denominator its:
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\frac{1}{(1-a)^r}=\sum_{k=0}^{\infty}\binom{r+k-1}{k}a^k

    alright then:

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\frac{1}{(1-a^2\sin^2(x))^{1/2}}=\sum_{k=0}^{\infty}\binom{1/2+k-1}{k}a^{2k}\sin^{2k}(x)

    You can do that. Then integrate term by term to get:

    \int_{0}^{\pi/2}\frac{dx}{\sqrt{1-k^2\sin^2(x)}}=\frac{1}{2}\pi\left[1+\left(\frac{1}{2}\right)^2 k^2+\left(\frac{3}{8}\right)^2k^4+\cdots+\text{gen  eral term}+\cdots\right]
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    awesome! I got it using that! thanks a bunch!!
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