MATH105 April 2012
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Question 02 (b)
This problem contains three numerical series. For each of them, ﬁnd out whether it converges or diverges. You should provide appropriate justiﬁcation in order to receive credit.
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Compare the highest exponents of the numerator and the denominator to make an educated guess. Then confirm your guess using the limit comparison test.
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When we look at this series, we note that the leading power of the numerator is k4 and the leading power of the denominator is k5. Thus, for k very large, we would expect the terms in the series to look like k4/k5 = 1/k.
We will use the limit comparison test with
As this limit is nonzero and finite, converges if and only if converges.
The series diverges (it's worth remembering - or being able to show with the integral test - that converges if and diverges if ).
The conclusion is that the series diverges!
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