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I have tried using comparison test to determine whether a series converges or diverges. However, am not sure on whether i'm right.

Question: $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{tan(\frac{1}{n})}{\sqrt{n}} $$

My solution:

$$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{tan(\frac{1}{n})}{\sqrt{n}} < \frac{1}{\sqrt{n}} $$

So it converges as for the series $ \frac{1}{n^{p}} $, p>0 means it converges. And the above converges as $\frac{1}{\sqrt{n}}$ is the same as $\frac{1}{n^{(\frac{1}{2})}} $ and p = $\frac{1}{2}$, thus as p is more than 0, it converges.

Am i right?

Any and all suggestions and help is appreciated! Thank you for your time, guys :)

Edit: Sorry guys, made a mistake with the p-series. Re-read my notes again.Thank you for pointing that out :)

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A $p$-series $\sum \frac 1 n^p$ converges if and only if $p > 1$< not $p > 0$. – user61527 Mar 24 '14 at 21:05
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There is a lot of difficulty here.

First: the series $$ \sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{\sqrt{n}} $$ actually diverges -- $p$-series only converge for $p>1$, not $p>0$.

With this in mind, this particular comparison is no good. However, do you know about limit comparison? If you do, then it might help to remember that $$ \lim_{x\to0}\frac{\sin x}{x}=1, $$ so that $$ \lim_{x\to0}\frac{\tan x}{x}=\lim_{x\to0}\frac{\sin x}{x}\cdot\frac{1}{\cos(x)}=1 $$ as well.

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Sorry, just re-read my notes again after seeing the comment, it states that p<= 0 is divergent, so i assumed if p>0 is converging and i realised, i interpreted it incorrectly. Thank you! – Phantom Mar 24 '14 at 21:12

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