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    Taylor series

    Can you please explain me what does the remainder of a taylor series means?
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    How to expand sin x to infinity for all x,by validity power series expansion?
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    Quote Originally Posted by roshanhero View Post
    Can you please explain me what does the remainder of a taylor series means?
    A Taylor series is a (usually) infinite series representation of a function in an interval. So if you sum only a finite number of terms of the series you will be left with an error between the sum to infinity and the finite sum, this error is what the remainder represents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roshanhero View Post
    How to expand sin x to infinity for all x,by validity power series expansion?
    What is the difficulty that you are having, you presumably have the definition of a Taylor or McLaurin series for a function, in which case you just need to know the derivatives of \sin:

    \frac{d}{dx} \sin(x)=\cos(x)

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\frac{d^2}{dx^2} \sin(x)=\frac{d}{dx}\cos(x)=-\sin(x)<br />

    so in general:

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\frac{d^{2n}}{dx^{2n}} \sin(x)=(-1)^n \sin(x)<br />

    and:

    \frac{d^{2n+1}}{dx^{2n+1}} \sin(x)=(-1)^n \cos(x)

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