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…

Power Series 2

This is a BC topic Good Question 16 (11-30-2018) What you get when you substitute. Geometric Series – Far Out (2-14-2017) A very interesting and instructive mistake Synthetic Summer Fun (7-10-2017) Finding the Taylor series coefficients without differentiating Error Bounds (2-22-2013) The alternating series error bound, and the Lagrange error bound The Lagrange Highway (5-20-15)…