Sequences and Series (Type 10)

AP Questions Type 10:  Sequences and Series (BC Only) The last BC question on the exams usually concerns sequences and series. The question may ask students to write a Taylor or Maclaurin series and to answer questions about it and its interval of convergence, or about a related series found by differentiating or integrating. The…

A Curiosity

Thoughts on the power series for  , which I found curious. Last week someone asked me a question about the Maclaurin series for  .  Finding the Maclaurin series is straightforward:   Substituting for x gives   We can find the radius and interval of convergence by using the Ratio test: This indicates that Maclaurin series…

What’s the “Best” Error Bound?

A know a lot of people like mathematics because there is only one answer, everything is exact. Alas, that’s not really the case. Numbers written as non-terminating decimals are not “exact;” they must be rounded or truncated somewhere. Even things like  and 5/17 may look “exact,” but if you ever had to measure something to…

A Lesson on Sequences

This blog post describes a lesson that investigates some ideas about sequences that are not stressed in the AP Calculus curriculum. The lesson could be an introduction to sequences. I think the lesson would work in an Algebra I course and is certainly suitable for a pre-calculus course. The investigation is of irrational numbers and…