Adapting 2021 BC 6

Nine of nine. We continue our look at the 2021 free-response questions. We will look at ways to adapt, expand, and explore this question to help students better understand it and look at other questions that can be asked based on a similar stem. 2021 BC 6 This is a Sequence and Series (Type 10)…

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…

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)…

Power Series 1

This is a BC topic POWER SERIES (Maclaurin series and Taylor series) Introducing Power Series 1 (2-8-2013) Making better approximations Introducing Power Series 2 (2-11-2013) Graphing and seeing the interval of convergence Introducing Power Series 3 (2-13-2013) Questions pointing the way to power series Graphing Taylor Polynomials (2-7-2017) Using a graphing calculator to graphs Taylor…

Good Question 16

I had an email last week from a teacher asking, how come I can use a substitution to find a power series for  , and for  , but not for  ? The answer is that you can. Substituting (2x) in to the cosine’s series give you a Taylor series centered at x = 0, a…

Introducing Power Series

The posts for the next several weeks will be on topics tested only on the BC Calculus exams. Continuing with some posts on introducing power series (the Taylor and Maclaurin series) Introducing Power Series 1 Two examples to lead off with. Introducing Power Series 2 Looking at the graph of a power series foreshadows the…