We’re working on power series in Calc. Every year I love setting them up with the following series to find the convergence/divergence of:

They work on whiteboards, wander their way through the tough algebra and to the answer (converges everywhere), and are (generally) very happy to have made it through a tricky problem unscathed. Inevitibly, a student asks what the power series looks like. YES.

https://www.desmos.com/calculator/qifn3uchjr

It all leads to an amazing conclusion. That mess of a series with alternating terms, odd polynomials, and factorials leads to …… (check the graph to see!)!

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And then it also leads to my favorite desmos graph (ever??):

 

January 13, 2017

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