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neoj | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted May 8, 2012 at 8:55 PM via web

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Please explain taylor-maclaurin factorial when the problem is to obtain the Taylor-Maclaurin series for e4x as far as the term in x5.

Obtain the Taylor-Maclaurin series for e4x as far as the term in x5.

Ok, I know that:

e4x =    1 + (4x) + ((4x)^2)/2! + ((4x)^3)/3! + ((4x)^4)/4! + ((4x)^5)/5!

What I don't understand is the next part, apparently this is the answer:

= 1 + 4x + 8x^2  + (32x^3)/3 + (32x^4)/3  + (128x^5)/15

What I mainly don't understand is how the factorials are working here. I would really apprieciate if someone could explain.

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rcmath | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted May 8, 2012 at 10:14 PM (Answer #1)

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`(4x)^2/(2!)=(16x^2)/(2*1)=8x^2`

`(4x)^3/(3!)=[(4*4*4)*x^3]/(3*2*1)=[2*4*4*x^3]/3=(32x^3)/3`

What you need to do in every one of these terms is expand the exponent as well as the factorial, simplify, then multiply.

Next term: `[(4x)^4]/[4!]=[4*4*4*4*x^4]/[4*3*2*1]=[1*2*4*4*x^4]/3=[32x^4]/3`

The final term: `(4x)^5/(5!)=[4*4*4*4*4*x^5]/[5*4*3*2*1]=`

`[1*2*4*4*4*x^5]/[5*3]=[128x^5]/15`

 

 

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