In mathematics, a **power series** (in one variable) is an infinite series of the form

where *a _{n}* represents the coefficient of the

*n*th term,

*c*is a constant, and

*x*varies around

*c*(for this reason one sometimes speaks of the series as being

*centered*at

*c*). This series usually arises as the Taylor series of some known function; the Taylor series article contains many examples.

In many situations *c* is equal to zero, for instance when considering a Maclaurin series. In such cases, the power series takes the simpler form

These power series arise primarily in analysis, but also occur in combinatorics (under the name of generating functions) and in electrical engineering (under the name of the Z-transform). The familiar decimal notation for real numbers can also be viewed as an example of a power series, with integer coefficients, but with the argument *x* fixed at ⅟10. In number theory, the concept of p-adic numbers is also closely related to that of a power series.

Read more about Power Series: Examples, Radius of Convergence, Analytic Functions, Formal Power Series, Power Series in Several Variables, Order of A Power Series

### Other articles related to "power series, series":

**Power Series**

... Taylor

**series**For any real number z that satisfies 0 < z < 2, the following formula holds This is a shorthand for saying that ln(z) can be approximated to a more and more ... This

**series**approximates ln(z) with arbitrary precision, provided the number of summands is large enough ... In elementary calculus, ln(z) is therefore the limit of this

**series**...

**Power Series**Expansion

... Struve functions, denoted as have the following

**power series**form where is the gamma function ... The modified Struve function, denoted as have the following

**power series**form ...

**Power Series**

... Let α be a multi-index for a

**power series**f(x1, x2, …, xn) ... The order of the

**power series**f is defined to be the least value

### Famous quotes containing the words series and/or power:

“Autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful. A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying, since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a *series* of defeats.”

—George Orwell (1903–1950)

“The imagination is man’s *power* over nature.”

—Wallace Stevens (1879–1955)