Learning Outcomes
 Differentiate and integrate power series termbyterm
Consider a power series [latex]\displaystyle\sum _{n=0}^{\infty }{c}_{n}{x}^{n}={c}_{0}+{c}_{1}x+{c}_{2}{x}^{2}+\cdots [/latex] that converges on some interval I, and let [latex]f[/latex] be the function defined by this series. Here we address two questions about [latex]f[/latex].
 Is [latex]f[/latex] differentiable, and if so, how do we determine the derivative [latex]{f}^{\prime }?[/latex]
 How do we evaluate the indefinite integral [latex]\displaystyle\int f\left(x\right)dx?[/latex]
We know that, for a polynomial with a finite number of terms, we can evaluate the derivative by differentiating each term separately. Similarly, we can evaluate the indefinite integral by integrating each term separately. Recall the general expression of the power rules for derivatives and integrals of polynomials.
Recall: Power rule for Derivatives and Integrals
 [latex] \frac{d}{dx} \left (x^n \right) = nx^{n1} [/latex]
 [latex] \int{x^n\: dx} = \frac{1}{n+1} x^{n+1} + C \:(\text{for}\: n \ne 1 [/latex])
In this section we show that we can take advantage of the simplicity of integrating and differentiating polynomials to do the same thing for convergent power series. That is, if
converges on some interval I, then
and
Evaluating the derivative and indefinite integral in this way is called termbyterm differentiation of a power series and termbyterm integration of a power series, respectively. The ability to differentiate and integrate power series termbyterm also allows us to use known power series representations to find power series representations for other functions. For example, given the power series for [latex]f\left(x\right)=\frac{1}{1x}[/latex], we can differentiate termbyterm to find the power series for [latex]{f}^{\prime }\left(x\right)=\frac{1}{{\left(1x\right)}^{2}}[/latex]. Similarly, using the power series for [latex]g\left(x\right)=\frac{1}{1+x}[/latex], we can integrate termbyterm to find the power series for [latex]G\left(x\right)=\text{ln}\left(1+x\right)[/latex], an antiderivative of g. We show how to do this in the next two examples. First, we state TermbyTerm Differentiation and Integration for Power Series, which provides the main result regarding differentiation and integration of power series.
theorem: TermbyTerm Differentiation and Integration for Power Series
Suppose that the power series [latex]\displaystyle\sum _{n=0}^{\infty }{c}_{n}{\left(xa\right)}^{n}[/latex] converges on the interval [latex]\left(aR,a+R\right)[/latex] for some [latex]R>0[/latex]. Let f be the function defined by the series
for [latex]xa<R[/latex]. Then f is differentiable on the interval [latex]\left(aR,a+R\right)[/latex] and we can find [latex]{f}^{\prime }[/latex] by differentiating the series termbyterm:
for [latex]xa<R[/latex]. Also, to find [latex]\displaystyle\int f\left(x\right)dx[/latex], we can integrate the series termbyterm. The resulting series converges on [latex]\left(aR,a+R\right)[/latex], and we have
for [latex]xa<R[/latex].
The proof of this result is beyond the scope of the text and is omitted. Note that although TermbyTerm Differentiation and Integration for Power Series guarantees the same radius of convergence when a power series is differentiated or integrated termbyterm, it says nothing about what happens at the endpoints. It is possible that the differentiated and integrated power series have different behavior at the endpoints than does the original series. We see this behavior in the next examples.
Example: Differentiating Power Series

 Use the power series representation
for [latex]x<1[/latex] to find a power series representation for
on the interval [latex]\left(1,1\right)[/latex]. Determine whether the resulting series converges at the endpoints.
Use the result of part a. to evaluate the sum of the series [latex]\displaystyle\sum _{n=0}^{\infty }\frac{n+1}{{4}^{n}}[/latex].
Watch the following video to see the worked solution to Example: Differentiating Power Series.
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Differentiate the series [latex]\frac{1}{{\left(1x\right)}^{2}}=\displaystyle\sum _{n=0}^{\infty }\left(n+1\right){x}^{n}[/latex] termbyterm to find a power series representation for [latex]\frac{2}{{\left(1x\right)}^{3}}[/latex] on the interval [latex]\left(1,1\right)[/latex].
Example: Integrating Power Series
For each of the following functions f, find a power series representation for f by integrating the power series for [latex]{f}^{\prime }[/latex] and find its interval of convergence.
 [latex]f\left(x\right)=\text{ln}\left(1+x\right)[/latex]
 [latex]f\left(x\right)={\tan}^{1}x[/latex]
Watch the following video to see the worked solution to Example: Integrating Power Series.
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Integrate the power series [latex]\text{ln}\left(1+x\right)=\displaystyle\sum _{n=1}^{\infty }{\left(1\right)}^{n+1}\frac{{x}^{n}}{n}[/latex] termbyterm to evaluate [latex]\displaystyle\int \text{ln}\left(1+x\right)dx[/latex].
Up to this point, we have shown several techniques for finding power series representations for functions. However, how do we know that these power series are unique? That is, given a function f and a power series for f at a, is it possible that there is a different power series for f at a that we could have found if we had used a different technique? The answer to this question is no. This fact should not seem surprising if we think of power series as polynomials with an infinite number of terms. Intuitively, if
for all values x in some open interval I about zero, then the coefficients c_{n} should equal d_{n} for [latex]n\ge 0[/latex]. We now state this result formally in Uniqueness of Power Series.
theorem: Uniqueness of Power Series
Let [latex]\displaystyle\sum _{n=0}^{\infty }{c}_{n}{\left(xa\right)}^{n}[/latex] and [latex]\displaystyle\sum _{n=0}^{\infty }{d}_{n}{\left(xa\right)}^{n}[/latex] be two convergent power series such that
for all x in an open interval containing a. Then [latex]{c}_{n}={d}_{n}[/latex] for all [latex]n\ge 0[/latex].
Proof
Let
Then [latex]f\left(a\right)={c}_{0}={d}_{0}[/latex]. By TermbyTerm Differentiation and Integration for Power Series, we can differentiate both series termbyterm. Therefore,
and thus, [latex]{f}^{\prime }\left(a\right)={c}_{1}={d}_{1}[/latex]. Similarly,
implies that [latex]f^{\prime\prime} \left(a\right)=2{c}_{2}=2{d}_{2}[/latex], and therefore, [latex]{c}_{2}={d}_{2}[/latex]. More generally, for any integer [latex]n\ge 0,{f}^{\left(n\right)}\left(a\right)=n\text{!}{c}_{n}=n\text{!}{d}_{n}[/latex], and consequently, [latex]{c}_{n}={d}_{n}[/latex] for all [latex]n\ge 0[/latex].
[latex]_\blacksquare[/latex]
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In this section we have shown how to find power series representations for certain functions using various algebraic operations, differentiation, or integration. At this point, however, we are still limited as to the functions for which we can find power series representations. Next, we show how to find power series representations for many more functions by introducing Taylor series.