Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH101/April 2014/Question 01 (f)
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Question 01 (f) 

Short Problem. Show your work. No credit will be given for the answer without the correct accompanying work. Find the values of p for which the series converges. 
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Hint 

Consider the integral test. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. To use the integral test, we need to compute
Let , then . With this change of variables, when then and when then does as well. Applying the substitution,
Any restrictions on will come if we cannot substitute the infinite upper limit and get zero. We have the following for the indefinite integral of : The only case in which plugging in and infinite limit will result in zero is for . Since the Right hand side of the equality converges whenever , by the integral test, the series converges for . 