Definition:Taylor Polynomial

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Let $f$ be a real function which is continuous on the closed interval $\left[{a \,.\,.\, b}\right]$ and $n + 1$ times differentiable on the open interval $\left({a \,.\,.\, b}\right)$.

Let $\xi \in \left({a \,.\,.\, b}\right)$.

The polynomial $T_n$ defined as:

$\displaystyle T_n \left({x}\right) = \sum_{i \mathop = 0}^i \frac {\left({x - \xi}\right)^i} {i!} f^{\left({i}\right)} \left({\xi}\right)$

is known as the Taylor polynomial of degree $n$ for $f$ about $\xi$.

That is, a Taylor polynomial is a Taylor series taken for $n$ initial terms.

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Source of Name

This entry was named for Brook Taylor.