Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH103/April 2013/Question 01 (e)
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Question 01 (e) 

Sequences and Series: Short Answer Problems  Determine whether the following sequences and series converge (full marks for correct answer with justification; work must be shown for partial marks) Does the series converge? 
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Hint 1 

Which convergence tests work well with polynomials and logarithms? 
Hint 2 

The integral test will work well here. 
Hint 3 

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Solution 1 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Let . Since this series is continuous, positive and decreasing on , we may apply the integral test to see that the series converges or diverges based on if the following integral converges or diverges:
To compute this, we have that Let so and and . This gives
As this last limit diverges since tends to infinity as b tends to infinity, we have that the series diverges. NOTE: Compare this to the previous question. Even though the sequence of terms converges to zero, the integral here still diverges! 
Solution 2 

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