Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH101/April 2011/Question 04 (c)
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Question 04 (c) 

Determine whether the following improper integral is convergent or divergent. Remember to justify your answer. 
Make sure you understand the problem fully: What is the question asking you to do? Are there specific conditions or constraints that you should take note of? How will you know if your answer is correct from your work only? Can you rephrase the question in your own words in a way that makes sense to you? 
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Hint 

Find a standard integral which you know converges or diverges and compare this integral to that standard integral. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. First notice that attempting to evaluate this integral is long and tedious. Instead we attempt to find an integral which we know converges or diverges, and compare our integral to that integral. Observe that on the given interval, we have that and so . Hence,
and since we know that the integral converges whenever , we know that our integral does indeed converge since . 