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    Im having a panic as i should be revising, but instead im stuck on a question from my coursework, can anyone help

    Find and classify the singularities of
    (pi*cot(pi*x))/x^2

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    Hello,
    Quote Originally Posted by pols89 View Post
    Hey guys
    Im having a panic as i should be revising, but instead im stuck on a question from my coursework, can anyone help

    Find and classify the singularities of
    (pi*cot(pi*x))/x^2

    thanks
    cot=cos/sin

    \frac{\pi \cot(\pi x)}{x^2}=\frac{\pi \cos(\pi x)}{x^2 \sin(\pi x)}

    For any x \in \mathbb{Z}, there is a singularity, because thereafter, \sin(\pi x)=0
    Now I believe there is a triple pole for 0, and simple pole (not too sure) for any integer in \mathbb{Z}^\times
    you can check it by finding the Laurent series near these points.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moo View Post
    Hello,

    cot=cos/sin

    \frac{\pi \cot(\pi x)}{x^2}=\frac{\pi \cos(\pi x)}{x^2 \sin(\pi x)}

    For any x \in \mathbb{Z}, there is a singularity, because thereafter, \sin(\pi x)=0
    Now I believe there is a triple pole for 0, and simple pole (not too sure) for any integer in \mathbb{Z}^\times
    you can check it by finding the Laurent series near these points.
    The smallest value of m such that \lim_{x \rightarrow 0} x^m f(x) \neq \infty is m = 3 so x = 0 is a pole of order 3.

    The smallest value of m such that \lim_{x \rightarrow n} (x-n)^m f(x) \neq \infty is m = 1 so x = n is a simple pole (the more PC expression is pole of order 1).
    Last edited by mr fantastic; January 5th 2009 at 12:14 AM. Reason: Typos fixed from rushed cut and paste
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr fantastic View Post
    The smallest value of m such that \lim_{x \rightarrow 0} x^m f(x) \neq \infty is m = 3 so x = 0 is a pole of order 3.

    The smallest value of m such that \lim_{x \rightarrow n} x^m f(x) \neq \infty is n = 1 so x = n is a simple pole (the more PC expression is pole of order 1).
    And the limit has to be \neq 0, isn't it ?

    Actually, I couldn't be sure for the second poles, because I didn't study the limit
    And I thought it was \lim_{x \to n} (x-n)^m f(x) ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moo View Post
    And the limit has to be \neq 0, isn't it ? Mr F says: No. Think about the Laurent series of f(x) around {\color{red}x = x_0} and what you need so that {\color{red}(x - x_0) f(x)} is analytic ....

    Actually, I couldn't be sure for the second poles, because I didn't study the limit
    And I thought it was \lim_{x \to n} (x-n)^m f(x) ? Mr F says: Yes, it is.
    Whoops. Actually there were a couple of typos from my rushed cut and paste. Fixed now. Thanks.
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    Woops sorry. Actually, it's just that f(n) has to be \neq 0
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    Singularities

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    Last edited by mr fantastic; January 5th 2009 at 12:26 PM. Reason: Moved new question to new thread
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