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Unformatted text preview: 7.4 Power series 117 7.4 Power series 7.4.1 Radius of convergence Definition 7.4.1. A power series is a series of the form a n x n , where x is a variable. The n th term of a power series is f n ( x ) = a n x n (rather than just a n ). a n x n is a family of series, one for each value of x . We are interested in the subfamily corresponding to A = { x R . . . X  a n x n  converges } . Then we can define a function f : A R , f ( x ) = X a n x n . Definition 7.4.2. For any power series a n x n , ! R 0 such that X a n x n converges absolutely for  x  < R, X a n x n diverges for  x  > R. R is the radius of convergence of the power series. (Note: may have R = 0.) By convention, R = iff the series converges x R . Now must validate the assertion of the definition : that such an R exists. This will be shown by computing R explicitly. Theorem 7.4.3. The radius R of a power series c n z n is given by 1 R = limsup n n p  c n  ....
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