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Taylor Series

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What are they? Any good tutorials? I'm having a real hard time self-learning them. Also how can they be applied to game programming?

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Some links:

1. Power Series
2. Taylor Series & A More Rigorous Explanation
3. Example

Basically, the Taylor series lets you expand a function, and express in terms of an infinite sum. This is useful for integrating functions which don't have a easily expressed antiderivative.

It can also be used to approximate the values of functions. I believe they are sometimes used to write an efficient sine function.

[Edited by - nilkn on August 22, 2005 4:21:07 PM]

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There is no math but Calculus and Taylor is its prophet. (to be recited three times)


-Josh

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Taylor series, well actually "truncated" Taylor series, are used to derive numerical methods such as Verlet and Runge Kutta that areused for physics simulation in games.

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