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Re: Taylor Series Expansions

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  • Subject: [mg32383] Re: Taylor Series Expansions
  • From: <emueller at>
  • Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2002 02:23:37 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Ohio State University
  • References: <a23g46$9mq$>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Try introducing a "dummy parameter" to keep track of the order of the
expansion, such as:

Series[f[x,y] /. {x->a x,y->a y},{a,0,2}] //Normal /.a->1


On Wed, 16 Jan 2002, Joe Helfand wrote:

> Wow!
>     I have definitely come to the right place.  Thanks for all the
> responses.  Using the Map built in function solved my problem (it still
> took a bit, so you can imagine what I was dealing with).  Here is
> something else which I have wasted some time on not knowing as much
> about Mathematica as I should.  It has to do with multi-variable Taylor
> series expansion.  Mathematica has a built in Series function.  But when
> you use this for multi-variable functions, it doesn't do quite what I'd
> expect.  Let's say I have a function for two fariables, and I want to
> expand to 2nd order.  When I use Series, it expands each varible to
> second order, but includes the cross terms, which I want to belong to a
> 4th order expansion.  For example:
> In[1172]:=
> Normal[Series[Exp[x y], {x, 0, 2}, {y, 0, 2}]]
> Out[1172]=
> \!\(1 + x\ y + \(x\^2\ y\^2\)\/2\)
> But what I really want is just 1 + x y, where if I go to fourth order,
> then I'll take the x^2 y^2 / 2.  I had to take some time to write some
> sloppy Taylor series expansion functions that did what I wanted.  Is
> there a way to get around this problem or do you have any suggestions?
> Thanks Again,
> Joe

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