# Limit of ln(cosx)/x^2

• Nov 27th 2011, 10:05 AM
Bokas
Limit of ln(cosx)/x^2
Can any help me with this. I need to solve this without L'Hopital's rule. $\lim$ $($ $\ln$ $($ $\cos$ $($ $x$ $)$ $)$ $/$ $x^2$ $)$ when x->0

• Nov 27th 2011, 12:46 PM
chisigma
Re: Limit of ln(cosx)/x^2
Quote:

Originally Posted by Bokas
Can any help me with this. I need to solve this without L'Hopital's rule. $\lim$ $($ $\ln$ $($ $\cos$ $($ $x$ $)$ $)$ $/$ $x^2$ $)$ when x->0

We start from the 'infinite product'...

$\cos x= \prod_{n=0}^{\infty} (1-\frac{ 4 x^{2}}{\pi^{2} (2n+1)^{2}})$ (1)

... and from (1) we obtain...

$\ln \cos x = \sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \ln \{1-\frac{ 4 x^{2}}{\pi^{2} (2n+1)^{2}}\}$ (2)

Now if we compute the coefficient of the $x^{2}$ term of the McLaurin expansion of (2) we obtain...

$a_{2}= -\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac{4}{\pi^{2} (2n+1)^{2}}= -\frac{4}{\pi^{2}}\ \frac{\pi^{2}}{8} = -\frac{1}{2}$ (3)

... so that is...

$\lim_{x \rightarrow 0} \frac{\ln \cos x}{x^{2}}= -\frac{1}{2}$ (4)

Kind regards

$\chi$ $\sigma$
• Nov 27th 2011, 03:52 PM
Bokas
Re: Limit of ln(cosx)/x^2
Thank you very much. You saved me