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Re: Bug with Series[] - help wanted

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  • Subject: [mg65410] Re: [mg65394] Bug with Series[] - help wanted
  • From: "Carl K. Woll" <carlw at>
  • Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 06:09:04 -0500 (EST)
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GidiL wrote:
> Hello all!
> I would really appreciate some help.
> Mathematica has a built-in function called Series:
> Series[x,x_0,n],
> which allows to expand functions into power series where x is the
> variable, x_0 is the point about which we expand, and n is the desired
> order of expansion.
> It also allows x_0 to be infinity, which is very useful when one needs
> multiple expansion (as in gravitational waves and electromagnetic
> radiation).
> Although is allows to expand series in terms of 1/x and writes O(1/x)
> (and its powers) in the output, it does not allow this to be entered in
> the input. To convince yourselves, try it out. Enter in the input,
> e.g., 1+ 1/r+ (O(1/r))^2, and it will tell you that 1/r is not a
> variable.
> If, on the other hand, you entered:
> In=Series[1/(r+1), {r, Infinity,3}]//Simplify
> you will get
> Out=1/r-(1/r)^2+(1/r)^3+(O(1/r))^4
> which shows that the output is possible, but the input is impossible.
> Can anyone offer some assistance?
> Thanks,
> Gideon


Use the 2-argument form of O:



Carl Woll
Wolfram Research

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