# Power Series on Desmos

Power Series work in AP Calculus BC. $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}(-1)^{n}\frac{x^{2n+1}}{(2n+1)!}=\frac{x}{1!}-\frac{x^3}{3!}+\frac{x^5}{5!}-...$

Process: Since it’s a infinite series, look at partial sums to get an idea what this graph looks like.
So look at $y_1=\frac{x}{1!}$ $y_2=\frac{x}{1!}-\frac{x^3}{3!}$ $y_2=\frac{x}{1!}-\frac{x^3}{3!}+\frac{x^5}{5!}$

Perfect time to use technology.

## Texas Instruments Method

Go to y1. Enter in $y=x$.
Graph.
Wait 3-5 seconds.
Go to y1. Subtract a $\frac{x^3}{3!}$.
Graph.
Wait 3-5 seconds.
Go to y1. Add on a $\frac{x^5}{5!}$.
Graph.
Wait 3-5 seconds.
Go to y1. Subtract a $\frac{x^7}{7!}$.  REALLY crappy resolution. Awful zoom system. Where’s the factorial sign? Hopefully you remember what the previous graphs looked like. Lots of waiting. Ugh.

## Desmos: version 1

Graph $y=x$
(NO WAIT STEP)
Subtract a $\frac{x^3}{3!}$.
(STILL NO WAIT STEP)
Add on a $\frac{x^5}{5!}$.
Subtract a $\frac{x^7}{7!}$. Great!

## Desmos: version 2

Students teaching teachers: Have one your students find this out for himself, and remark that they can enter in the entire series, but he’s having trouble finding the infinity sign. SLIDERS! 