How do you use the binomial series to expand #1/(1-x^2)^(1/2)#?

1 Answer
Jan 5, 2016

Answer:

# 1 + 1/2 x^2 + 3/8 x^4 +15/48 x^6 #

Explanation:

Rewrite # 1/(1 - x^2 )^(1/2) # as

# (1 - x^2)^(-1/2) #

since there is a negative index the only formula that can be used is

# 1 + na +( n(n - 1 ))/(2!) a^2 +( n(n- 1)(n - 2 ))/(3! )a^3 + ... #

here # n = -1/2 , a = - x^2 #

≣ 1 + # (-1/2 )(- x^2 ) +( (- 1/2)(- 3/2))/(2!) (- x^2 )^2 + ((-1/2)(-3/2)(-5/2)) /(3!) (-x^2)^3 #

be very careful when expanding.

#≣ 1 + 1/2 x^2 + 3/8 x^4 + 15/48 x^6 #