Problems for
Intermediate Methods in Theoretical Physics
Edward F. Redish
Power Series Convergence
For the functions in the list below:
Locate any singularities the function has
Use mathematica to generate the first 10 terms of the Taylor series (about
the origin)
Explore the convergence of the Taylor series by calculating the value
of the function given by the Taylor series for
a number of real values of x. Choose values that illustrate
the convergence or lack of convergence of the series in appropriate regions.
You can do this in a variety of ways -- plotting a graph, showing lists
of numbers, etc. Pick something that gives you some insight into how
well the series does in calculating the values of the functions for different
values of x.
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