Asymptotics of zeros of basic sine and cosine functions

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We give an elementary calculus proof of the asymptotic formulas for the zeros of the q-sine and cosine functions which have been recently found numerically by Gosper and Suslov. Monotone convergent sequences of the lower and upper bounds for these zeros are constructed as an extension of our method. Improved asymptotics are found by a different method using the Lagrange inversion formula. Asymptotic formulas for the points of inflection of the basic sine and cosine functions are conjectured. Analytic continuation of the q-zeta function is discussed as an application. An interpretation of the zeros is given.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)292-335
Number of pages44
JournalJournal of Approximation Theory
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2003


  • Asymptotics of zeros of q-trigonometric functions
  • Basic Fourier series
  • Basic trigonometric functions
  • Lagrange inversion formula
  • q-zeta function

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analysis
  • Numerical Analysis
  • General Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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