harmonic

Harmonic function (harmonic number)

Syntax

harmonic(x)

Description

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harmonic(x) returns the harmonic function of x. For integer values of x, harmonic(x) generates harmonic numbers.

Examples

Generate Harmonic Numbers

Generate the first 10 harmonic numbers.

harmonic(sym(1:10))
ans =
[ 1, 3/2, 11/6, 25/12, 137/60, 49/20, 363/140, 761/280, 7129/2520, 7381/2520]

Harmonic Function for Numeric and Symbolic Arguments

Find the harmonic function for these numbers. Since these are not symbolic objects, you get floating-point results.

harmonic([2 i 13/3])
ans =
   1.5000 + 0.0000i   0.6719 + 1.0767i   2.1545 + 0.0000i

Find the harmonic function symbolically by converting the numbers to symbolic objects.

y = harmonic(sym([2 i 13/3]))
y =
[ 3/2, harmonic(1i), 8571/1820 - (pi*3^(1/2))/6 - (3*log(3))/2]

If the denominator of x is 2, 3, 4, or 6, and |x| < 500, then the result is expressed in terms of pi and log.

Use vpa to approximate the results obtained.

vpa(y)
ans =
[ 1.5, 0.67186598552400983787839057280431...
 + 1.07667404746858117413405079475i,...
 2.1545225442213858782694336751358]

For |x| > 1000, harmonic returns the function call as it is. Use vpa to force harmonic to evaluate the function call.

harmonic(sym(1001))
vpa(harmonic(sym(1001)))
ans =
harmonic(1001)
ans =
7.4864698615493459116575172053329

Harmonic Function for Special Values

Find the harmonic function for special values.

harmonic([0 1 -1 Inf -Inf])
ans =
     0     1   Inf   Inf   NaN

Harmonic Function for Symbolic Functions

Find the harmonic function for the symbolic function f.

syms f(x)
f(x) = exp(x) + tan(x);
y = harmonic(f)
y(x) =
harmonic(exp(x) + tan(x))

Harmonic Function for Symbolic Vectors and Matrices

Find the harmonic function for elements of vector V and matrix M.

syms x
V = [x sin(x) 3*i];
M = [exp(i*x) 2; -6 Inf];
harmonic(V)
harmonic(M)
ans =
[ harmonic(x), harmonic(sin(x)), harmonic(3i)]
ans =
[ harmonic(exp(x*1i)), 3/2]
[                Inf, Inf]

Plot Harmonic Function

Plot the harmonic function from x = -5 to x = 5.

syms x
fplot(harmonic(x),[-5 5])
grid on

Differentiate and Find Limit of Harmonic Function

The functions diff and limit handle expressions containing harmonic.

Find the second derivative of harmonic(x^2+1).

syms x
diff(harmonic(x^2+1),x,2)
ans =
2*psi(1, x^2 + 2) + 4*x^2*psi(2, x^2 + 2)

Find the limit of harmonic(x) as x tends to ∞ and of (x+1)*harmonic(x) as x tends to -1.

syms x
limit(harmonic(x),Inf)
limit((x+1)*harmonic(x),-1)
ans =
Inf
ans =
-1

Taylor Series Expansion of Harmonic Function

Use taylor to expand the harmonic function in terms of the Taylor series.

syms x
taylor(harmonic(x))
ans =
(pi^6*x^5)/945 - zeta(5)*x^4 + (pi^4*x^3)/90...
 - zeta(3)*x^2 + (pi^2*x)/6

Expand Harmonic Function

Use expand to expand the harmonic function.

syms x
expand(harmonic(2*x+3))
ans =
harmonic(x + 1/2)/2 + log(2) + harmonic(x)/2 - 1/(2*(x + 1/2))...
 + 1/(2*x + 1) + 1/(2*x + 2) + 1/(2*x + 3)
 

Input Arguments

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Input, specified as number, vector, matrix, or as a multidimensional array or symbolic variable, expression, function, vector, matrix, or multidimensional array.

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Harmonic Function

The harmonic function for x is defined as

harmonic(x)=Σk=1x1k

It is also defined as

harmonic(x)=Ψ(x+1)+γ

where Ψ(x) is the polygamma function and γ is the Euler-Mascheroni constant.

Algorithms

The harmonic function is defined for all complex arguments z except for negative integers -1, -2,... where a singularity occurs.

If x has denominator 1, 2, 3, 4, or 6, then an explicit result is computed and returned. For other rational numbers, harmonic uses the functional equation harmonic(x+1)=harmonic(x)+1x to obtain a result with an argument x from the interval [0, 1].

expand expands harmonic using the equations harmonic(x+1)=harmonic(x)+1x, harmonic(x)=harmonic(x)1x+πcot(πx), and the Gauss multiplication formula for harmonic(kx), where k is an integer.

harmonic implements the following explicit formulae:

harmonic(12)=2ln(2)

harmonic(23)=32ln(3)36π

harmonic(13)=32ln(3)+36π

harmonic(34)=3ln(2)π2

harmonic(14)=3ln(2)+π2

harmonic(56)=2ln(2)32ln(3)32π

harmonic(16)=2ln(2)32ln(3)+32π

harmonic(0)=0

harmonic(12)=22ln(2)

harmonic(13)=332ln(3)36π

harmonic(23)=3232ln(3)+36π

harmonic(14)=43ln(2)π2

harmonic(34)=433ln(2)+π2

harmonic(16)=62ln(2)32ln(3)32π

harmonic(56)=652ln(2)32ln(3)+32π

harmonic(1)=1

harmonic()=

harmonic()=NaN

Introduced in R2014a