# Science:Infinite Series Module/Units/Unit 2/2.2 The Integral Test/2.2.09 Final Thoughts on The Integral Test

The previous lesson on the divergence test gave us a way of determining whether some infinite series diverge. We saw that the divergence test had a limitation: it can tell us if certain infinite series diverges, but it cannot tell us if a given series converges. But there are other convergence tests. The integral test, for example, provides a test for any series

$\sum _{k=1}^{\infty }a_{n}$ whose terms an can be related to a continuous, positive, decreasing function. Essentially, we let $f(n)=a_{n}$ , then evaluate the integral

$\int _{1}^{\infty }f(x)dx$ and:

• if the integral converges, the infinite series converges, and
• if the integral diverges, the infinite series diverges.

Although this test is limited to functions who are continuous, positive and decreasing, we saw that it led us to a useful convergence theorem for any infinite series of the form

$\sum _{k=1}^{\infty }{\frac {1}{k^{p}}},\ p\in \mathbb {Q} .$ 