## A First Look at Taylor Series

Most smooth'' functions can be expanded in the form of a Taylor series expansion:

This can be written more compactly as

where ' is pronounced ` factorial''. An informal derivation of this formula for is given in Appendix E. Clearly, since many derivatives are involved, a Taylor series expansion is only possible when the function is so smooth that it can be differentiated again and again. Fortunately for us, all audio signals are in that category, because hearing is bandlimited to below kHz, and the audible spectrum of any sum of sinusoids is infinitely differentiable. (Recall that and , etc.). See §E.6 for more about this point.

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