group Small Group Activity
30 min.
Theoretical Mechanics (7 years)
Taylor series power series approximation
Power Series Sequence (E&M)
This activity starts with a brief lecture introduction to power series and a short derivation of the formula for calculating the coefficients of a power series for a particular function:
\[c_n={1\over n!}\, f^{(n)}(z_0)\]
After a brief lecture deriving the formula for the coefficients of a power series, students compute the power series coefficients for a \(\sin\theta\) (around both the origin and \(\frac{\pi}{6}\)). The meaning of these coefficients and the convergence behavior for each approximation is discussed in the whole-class wrap-up.