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RHWT Task 3 Infinite Series

Joseph Duenich Western Governors University

Introduction: There are a variety of tests used to determine the convergence of infinite series. Task: A. Use the comparison test to determine the convergence or divergence of the series

showing all work.

The comparison test: Let i.

be a series with no negative terms. with for all

converges if there is a convergent series , for some integer .

ii.

diverges if there is a divergent series of nonnegative terms for all , for some integer (Thomas, 2008).

with

Ignore the first three terms and find the


term of the remaining terms.

Compare The term

with the similar series , therefore

, which converges to . converges.

is less than

B. Use the alternating series test to show the convergence or divergence of the series , showing all work.

The Alternating series test: converges if all three of the following conditions are met: i. The ii. iii. . are all positive. for all , for some integer .

is always positive with because as gets bigger, the denominator gets bigger faster than the numerator.

= All three conditions of the alternating series test are met, therefore, the series converges.

C. Determine whether the series conditionally, or diverges, showing all work. The Alternating series test:

converges absolutely, converges

converges if all three of the following conditions are met: i. The ii. iii. (Thomas, 2008). The is always positive when , the denominator grows faster as gets bigger. = (use LH) . , therefore, the series are all positive. for all , for some integer .

diverges according to the alternating series test.

D. Use the ratio test to determine the convergence or divergence of the series defined by , showing all work. The Ratio test: Let Then: i. The series converges if ii. The series diverges if iii. The test is inconclusive if be a series with positive terms and suppose that

=0

, therefore the series converges. ,

E. Use the root test to determine the convergence or divergence of the series showing all work. The Root test: Let . Then: , , . be a series with for , and suppose that

i. The series converges if ii. The series diverges is iii. The test is inconclusive if (Thomas, 2008). ,

( )

therefore the series

converges..
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References

Thomas, G. (2008). Thomas' calculus: early transcendentals. Boston: Pearson Education, Inc