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Question 05 

Find, with explanation, the radius of convergence and the interval of convergence of the power series 
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Hint 

Use the ratio test to figure out for which values of x does the series converge. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. We will use the ratio test:
We want this limit to be so that the series converges absolutely. This means which means that the radius of convergence is and that . Now we have to test the endpoints. At we get:
which converges by alternate series test, if we sum two consecutive terms we get:
and the series converges.
which diverges because it is the tail of the harmonic series. So, the interval of convergence is 