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    Taylor Series Problem

    Do I plug in pi/2 into the general cosx series expansion? Also, what would the general term be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by defjammer91 View Post
    Do I plug in pi/2 into the general cosx series expansion? Also, what would the general term be?

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    No, the point of expansion is \frac{\pi}{2} so we use

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f \left( \frac{\pi}{2}\right) + <br />
f '\left( \frac{\pi}{2}\right) \left(x - \frac{\pi}{2} \right) + <br />
f '' \left( \frac{\pi}{2}\right) \frac{\left(x - \frac{\pi}{2} \right)^2 }{2!} + \cdots <br />
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    Quote Originally Posted by defjammer91 View Post
    Do I plug in pi/2 into the general cosx series expansion? Also, what would the general term be?
    the question asks for the first three non-zero terms of the taylor series for cosx centered at pi/2

    f(x) = \cos{x}

    f(x) = f\left(\frac{\pi}{2}\right) + f'\left(\frac{\pi}{2}\right)\left(x - \frac{\pi}{2}\right) + \frac{f''\left(\frac{\pi}{2}\right)\left(x - \frac{\pi}{2}\right)^2}{2!} + ... + \frac{f^{n}\left(\frac{\pi}{2}\right)\left(x - \frac{\pi}{2}\right)^n}{n!} + ...

    note that you'll end up with an odd degree taylor series
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    when you do the ratio test to find the interval of convergence, do you simplify anything first, or do you just plug the general term right into the ratio test? if you do have to plug in the general term, as is, into the ratio test, how does that work out? what cancels on the top and bottom?
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