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Re: Problems with Legendre expansion

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  • Subject: [mg24429] Re: [mg24402] Problems with Legendre expansion
  • From: BobHanlon at
  • Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2000 00:58:27 -0400 (EDT)
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In a message dated 7/12/2000 11:41:42 PM, Kevin.McCann at writes:

>I am doing a Legendre expansion of Sin[Pi x] and have, amongst others,
>the following integral
>Mathematica just returns the input with the polynomial expanded out. Now,
>everything about the integral is exact. We have a 21st order polynomial
>times the sine, and these integrals are all exact. Why no answer? This
>same integral does work for the 19th and 20th Legendre functions.
>However, complications arise even for 
>Here I do get an exact answer with Pi's and large numbers, but when I do
>N[%] on it, I get an answer of -0.000299144 which is way too large. If
>instead I do N[%,30] on the exact, I get 10^(-14).

Here is a work-around:

soln21 = Integrate[Sin[Pi*x]*LegendreP[21, x], {x, -a, a}, 
        Assumptions -> a > 0] /. a -> 1 // Simplify

1/Pi^21*2*(13113070457687988603440625 - 
    2025596249561559215165625*Pi^2 + 83648104232906493905625*
     Pi^4 - 1435402904039579475000*Pi^6 + 
    12196233825172897500*Pi^8 - 55437426478058625*Pi^10 + 
    137561852302875*Pi^12 - 180705224700*Pi^14 + 
    113565375*Pi^16 - 26565*Pi^18 + Pi^20)

N[soln21, 50]


Extra precision is required for this and your case of n = 19 since the terms 
alternate sign.

Bob Hanlon

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