# Series expansion for rational function with weird powers of variable?

Consider the following series expression:

Series[1/(a+b x^(1/3)+c x^(4/3)),{x,0,1}]


The result comes out appropriately:

1/a - b x^(1/3)/a^2 +b^2 x^(2/3)/a^3 - b^(3) x/a^4 + O[x]^(5/3)

In comparison with this, now consider the following series expansion:

Series[1/(a+b x^(Zeta)+c x^(1+Zeta)),{x,0,1}]


Here the function breaks down and gives back:

1/(a+b x^(Zeta)+c x^(1+Zeta))

I wonder why the expansion works in the case of 1/3 but does not work for Zeta? Is there a convenient way to obtain the expansion for the second case above? As always, the examples are oversimplified, so that the expansion is actually needed for expressions that are a lot bigger and unwieldy. Thanks for any suggestion!

• From the documentation, Details and Options, first item: "Series can construct standard Taylor series, as well as certain expansions involving negative powers, fractional powers, and logarithms." For some explanation, see comments from this thread. Oct 14, 2014 at 0:58

Zeta is not proper number. so I think you should apply with Rationalize[Zeta, 0.01] in the power position.
z3 = Rationalize[Zeta, 0.01]; 