Power Series, Taylor Series


In Chapter 14, we evaluated complex integrals directly by using Cauchy's integral formula, which was derived from the famous Cauchy integral theorem. We now shift from the approach of Cauchy and Goursat to another approach of evaluating complex integrals, that is, evaluating them by residue integration. This approach, discussed in Chapter 16, first requires a thorough understanding of power series and, in particular, Taylor series. (To develop the theory of residue integration, we still use Cauchy's integral theorem!)

In this chapter, we focus on complex power series and in particular Taylor series. They are analogs of real power series and Taylor series in calculus. Section 15.1 discusses convergence tests for complex series, which are quite similar to those for real series. Thus, if you are familiar with convergence tests from calculus, you may use Sec. 15.1 as a reference section. The main results of this chapter are that complex power series represent analytic functions, as shown in Sec. 15.3, and that, conversely, every analytic function can be represented by power series, called a Taylor series, as shown in Sec. 15.4. The last section (15.5) on uniform convergence is optional.

Prerequisite: Chaps. 13, 14.

Sections that may be omitted in a shorter course: 15.1, 15.5.

References and Answers to Problems: App. 1 Part D, App. 2.

15.1 Sequences, ...

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