# Calculus

posted by .

Hi~ Thank you for your help!
I was trying to work on a problem about Taylor series, but i don't think im approaching the problem the right way.
I have to find the fifth order Taylor polynomial and Taylor series for the function f(x) at x = 0.
f(x) = 1/(x+2)
I tried to just write out the first and second and third derivatives, and this was fine, but then i got to the fourth and fifth derivatives and the quotient rule made the derivative look really confusing....is there a better way to approach this problem?

I might be doing this totally wrong since we just started learning Taylor series today in class, so any advice is much appreciated.

• Calculus -

It turns out that if you had done your derivatives correctly, you would have found the rule:
for f(x)=1/(x+2)
f(n)(x) = (-1)(n)n!/(x+2)n+1

I got f(5)(x)=-120/(x+2)6.

Hope that helps.

## Similar Questions

1. ### calculus-- need help desperately!

The Taylor series about x=5 for a certain function f converges to f(x) for all x in the interval of convergence. The nth derivative of f at x=5 is given by f^(n) (5)= (-1)^n(n!)/((2^n)(n+2)), and f(5)=1/2. Write third degree Taylor …

3. ### Calculus - Taylor #2

Find the Taylor series for f(x) centered at the given value of 'a'. (Assume that 'f' has a power series expansion. Do not show that Rn(x)-->0.) f(x) = x3, a = -1 and what i've done so far: f (x) = x^3 f ' (x) = 3x^2 f '' (x) = 6x^1 …
4. ### Math

Hello, I am learning about Taylor series in school, but they are quite confusing.. Can you please explain how I should do this problem?
5. ### Calc 2 taylor series

use the definition of a taylor series to find the Taylor series (centeredat c) for the function. f(x)= 7/x c=1 so what is f(x) as n goes from 0 to infinity?
6. ### math (taylor polynomials)

Find the degree 3 Taylor polynomial T3(x) of the function f(x)=(7x+50)4/3 at a=2 Find the second-degree Taylor polynomial for f(x)=4x2−7x+6 about x=0 thank you! (:
7. ### math

ms.sue help asap 1. which exponent makes the statement true?
8. ### Maths

Use the binomial series to find the Taylor series about 0 for the function f(x) = (1 + x)−3/5, giving all terms up to the one in x4. I have the answer; f(x)=1-3/5(x) +12/25(x^2) -52/125(x^3) + 234/625(x^4) but i am not sure how …
9. ### Urgent help Maths Ms sue

Use binomial series to find the Taylor series about 0 for the function f(x)=(1+x)^-3/5 giving all terms up to the one in x^4. Then use this series and Taylor series for sin x to find the quartic Taylor polynomial about 0 for the function …