Hey, I was right last night.

Here's the proof: \documentclass[12pt]{article} \title{If $\displaystyle {\sum} \small {a_n}$ diverges, then $\displaystyle{\sum} \small{a_n \over 1 + a_n}$ diverges.} \date{} \usepackage{setspace} \setstretch{1.1} \begin{document} \maketitle Suppose a series $\displaystyle \sum a_n$ diverges and its $\displaystyle \lim_{n \rightarrow \infty} \sup \; a_n = 0$. Then eventually $$|a_n| <\epsilon,$$ $\forall \epsilon > 0$. Talking about one of these $\epsilon$'s, it's also the case that eventually\footnote{Without loss of generality assume that the $a_n$ converge to zero from the positive side, although the conclusion below will also hold if they came from the negative side or alternated.} $$1.000\ldots001 \ = \quad \Big{1+\epsilon < {10 \over 9}} \quad = \ 1.111\ldots \quad (\star)$$ for a large enough $n$. Now that I've prepared these entirely reasonable preliminaries, let me follow on to a surprising but true conclusion. If some series $\displaystyle \sum a_n$ diverges to $\infty$, then multiplying each term by a constant won't bring the series back down to earth: $$\displaystyle \sum a_n \rightarrow \infty \quad \mathrm{ implies } \quad \displaystyle \sum .9 \cdot a_n \rightarrow \infty. \quad (\zeta)$$ From this follows the conclusion in the title. Since $ {10 \over 9} > 1 + a_n$ for most $a_n$ (by $\star$), dividing by ${10 \over 9}$ yields a smaller number than dividing by $(1 + a_n)$. Yet even the sum of these smaller numbers $\displaystyle {\sum} a_n \cdot {^9 \! /\! _{10}}$ diverges (by $\zeta$), so the sum of the larger numbers $\displaystyle \sum a_n / (1 + a_n)$ must diverge as well. \end{document}

On Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 2:06 PM, Chris Waggoner <chris.d.waggoner@gmail.com> wrote: Hmm – I can't pick out a specific person like that from my memory. What was her style of talking like? What dorm did she live in, if you remember? Short hair or long? At a minimum – you may see her on campus again next year.

On Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 7:01 PM, Travis Wright <wright3@umail.iu.edu> wrote: Chris, Deanna is: dhlahre@gmail.com She came in to Teter often. I would say 5'6"-5'8", brown hair, kind of a fair complexion. No other distinguishing features that I can think of. This may be a lost cause. Travis On Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 1:45 PM, Chris Waggoner <chris.d.waggoner@gmail.com> wrote: Do you know Deanna's email address?

On Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 1:44 PM, Chris Waggoner <chris.d.waggoner@gmail.com> wrote: Which center and what did she look like? (Height, hair, skin color)

On Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 5:12 PM, Travis Wright <wright3@umail.iu.edu> wrote: Hey Chris, It's Travis, from the academic support center. I have a question for you. There was a girl who would come in for finite help all the time. She was a caterer for IU. A transfer student from an Illinois school if I remember correctly. She liked to complain about it. She will be going into Junior year this year. I've been trying to get a hold of her but her name slips my mind as well as everyone else's who I have talked to so far. Deanna thought that maybe you would remember. Thanks a lot, Travis

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