Find the first four nonzero terms in each of two linearly independent power series solutions about the origin.
What do you expect the radius of convergence to be for each solution?
Set the coefficients near zero and first terms to 1
I am not exactly sure what the bolded sentence means. Also, how should I go about starting the problem? Is it best to start writing out the series for each term? like
and so on.
Thanks for any help!
I think the equation would be quite a challenge to solve by substituting because of the term: that's going to involve a Cauchy product of sums for the first term which can be done but is messy. I think in this particular case, just need to differentiate the differential equation to find the first few coefficients: Let and and write it as:
Now we seek a solution about the origin in which everything is well-behaved until we reach the first singular point at . Therefore we can expect a solution of the form:
We already know what the first two terms are. Now differentiate to get the third term:
and substitute the values for .
Do this again to get the fourth term. However that's only one series but I think the two linearly independent solutions are made up of the separate sums of the even and odd powers of x which would mean you'd need to calculate about 8 derivatives. Might get messy and maybe there is another way.