Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH220/April 2005/Question 04
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Question 04 

Define S to be the set of all real numbers x such that exactly one of the two series converges. Write down (with justification) a simple expression for S, using interval notation and set operations such as , and / or . 
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Hint 

The series converges for all values of x between 1 and 1. 
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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. The first series converges for all values of x such that which we can rewrite as that is The second series converges for all values of x such that which we can rewrite as that is So values of x in the interval (1/2,3/2) will make the first series converge and values in the interval (3/2,1/2) will make the second series converge. Hence the values of x which make exactly one of the series convergent cannot be in the intersection of these two intervals. We can now conclude that that the set S is 