Sine Series Finite Sum – C PROGRAM

In the last post, I discussed about how would one go about calculating the sum of a finite series using C.

In this post I will apply that method, to find the sum of the Sine series for only a finite number of terms.

Sine series is given by:
\sin (x) = x-\frac{x^3}{3!} + \frac{x^5}{5!} - ....

We will start the numbering the terms from 0. That is, t_0=x , t_1=-\frac{x^3}{3!} , ….

It’s easy to see that the ratio between consecutive terms is given by:


Since, we indexed the terms starting from 0, therefore, for the above relation to work, i will go from 1 to n .

[Hint: To find the general form of the ratio given in the above expression, try writing down t1/t0, t2/t1,…and then you would be able to see the ratio.]

Now, knowing the first(t_0 ) term, the successive terms can be calculated as :

t_1=R\times t_0

t_2=R\times t_1

and so on.

Therfore, the C program that calculates the sum of the sin series upto a given number of terms can be written as shown below.


******FINITE SERIES SUM**********
Series: sin(x) = x - (x^3/3!) + (x^5/5!) + ..... 
	int i,n;
	double x,t0,t1,R,sum;
	printf("Enter the value of x:\n");
	printf("Enter the no. of terms to be summed: ");
	//Initialize First Term
	//Make sum equal to the first term
		//Find the ratio of the second term to the first term using already known relation
		//Calculate the second term
		//find the new sum
	printf("\nThe sum is: %f",sum);

The program also prints the value of each term(except the first(t_0 ) term) and sum(partial) upto that term.


The output of the above program for various values of x and no. of terms is shown below:

PhD researcher at Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, Germany. I'm a physicist specializing in computational material science. I write efficient codes for simulating light-matter interactions at atomic scales. I like to develop Physics, DFT and Machine Learning related apps and softwares from time to time. Can code in most of the popular languages. Like to share my knowledge in Physics and applications using this Blog and a YouTube channel.
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