Convergence of sequences and different modes of convergence.

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How can I evaluate $\sum_{n=0}^\infty (n+1)x^n$

How can I evaluate $$ \sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{2n}{3^{n+1}} $$ I know the answer thanks to Wolfram Alpha, but I'm more concerned with how I can derive that answer. It cites tests to prove that it is ...
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Does the series $ \sum\limits_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{n^{1 + |\sin(n)|}} $ converge or diverge?

Does the following series converge or diverge? I would like to see a demonstration. $$ \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{n^{1 + |\sin(n)|}}. $$ I can see that: $$ \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{n^{1 + ...
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Limit of sequence of growing matrices

Let $$ H=\left(\begin{array}{cccc} 0 & 1/2 & 0 & 1/2 \\ 1/2 & 0 & 1/2 & 0 \\ 1/2 & 0 & 0 & 1/2\\ 0 & 1/2 & 1/2 & 0 \end{array}\right), $$ ...
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Why can you chose how to align infinitely long equations when adding them?

I saw in a video this proof: Take this equation: $$f=1+\frac12+\frac14+\cdots$$ and do this: $$\begin{align} f&=1+1/2+1/4+\cdots\\ -\quad f/2&=\quad\:\:\:1/2+1/4+\cdots\\ ...
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What is the limit of $n \sin (2 \pi \cdot e \cdot n!)$ as $n$ goes to infinity?

I tried and got this $$e=\sum_{k=0}^\infty\frac{1}{k!}=\lim_{n\to\infty}\sum_{k=0}^n\frac{1}{k!}$$ $$n!\sum_{k=0}^n\frac{1}{k!}=\frac{n!}{0!}+\frac{n!}{1!}+\cdots+\frac{n!}{n!}=m$$ where $m$ is an ...
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Convergence of a series with repeated sines

Show that the series $$ \sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{\sin\big(\sin(n)\big)}{n}, $$ converges. More generally, show that for every $k\in\mathbb N$ the series $$ \sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{\sigma_k(n)}{n}, $$ ...
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Find the exact value of the infinite sum $\sum_{n=1}^\infty \{\mathrm{e}-(1+\frac1n)^{n}\}$

How can we find the exact value of the infinite sum $$ \displaystyle\sum_{n=1}^\infty \left\{\mathrm{e}-\Big(1+\frac1n\Big)^n\right\}? $$ This problem appears in: T. Andreescu, T. Radulescu & ...
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How to prove that $\sum\limits_{n=1}^\infty\frac{(n-1)!}{n\prod\limits_{i=1}^n(a+i)}=\sum\limits_{k=1}^\infty \frac{1}{(a+k)^2}$ for $a>-1$?

A problem on my (last week's) real analysis homework boiled down to proving that, for $a>-1$, $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac{(n-1)!}{n\prod\limits_{i=1}^n(a+i)}=\sum_{k=1}^\infty \frac{1}{(a+k)^2}.$$ ...
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Sum of reciprocals of numbers with certain terms omitted

I know that the harmonic series $1 + \frac12 + \frac13 + \frac14 + \cdots$ diverges. I also know that the sum of the inverse of prime numbers $\frac12 + \frac13 + \frac15 + \frac17 + \frac1{11} + ...
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Infinite tetration, convergence radius

I got this problem from my teacher as a optional challenge. I am open about this being a given problem, however it is not homework. The problem is stated as follows. Assume we have an infinite ...
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A double sum $\sum \limits_{n=1}^{n=\infty}\left(\sum \limits_{k=n}^{k=n^2}\frac{1}{k^2}\right)$

How to evaluate $\displaystyle\sum_{n=1}^{n=\infty}\left(\sum_{k=n}^{k=n^2}\frac{1}{k^2}\right)$?
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Are there always singularities at the edge of a disk of convergence?

Take a function that is analytic at 0 and consider its Maclaurin Series. Here are some examples I'll refer to: $$\frac{1}{1-x} =\sum_{n=0}^\infty x^n$$ $$\frac{1}{1+x^2} ...
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How to prove convergence of polynomials in $e$ (Euler's number)

These polynomials in $e$ converge to 2$$f(i)=e^i - i \sum_{k=1}^{i-1}\frac{(i-k)^{k-1}{e^{i-k}}{(-1)^{k+1}}}{k!}, \text{ where } i>1$$ This function goes to 2. I've calculated this with sage math ...
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“Why do I always get 1 when I keep hitting the square root button on my calculator?”

I asked myself this question when I was a young boy playing around with the calculator. Today, I think I know the answer, but I'm not sure whether I'd be able to explain it to a child or layman ...
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Evaluating $\lim \limits_{n\to \infty}\,\,\, n\!\! \int\limits_{0}^{\pi/2}\!\! \left(1-\sqrt [n]{\sin x} \right)\,\mathrm dx$

Evaluate the following limit: $$\lim \limits_{n\to \infty}\,\,\, n\!\! \int\limits_{0}^{\pi/2}\!\! \left(1-\sqrt [n]{\sin x} \right)\,\mathrm dx $$ I have done the problem . My method: First I ...
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Why can't $\sqrt{2}^{\sqrt{2}{^\sqrt{2}{^\cdots}}}>2$?

So we have$$\sqrt{2}^{\sqrt{2}{^\sqrt{2}{^\cdots}}}=x\\\sqrt{2}^x=x$$where $x=2$ heuristically seems like a good solution. However, $x=4$ seems like an equally good solution. I was told in passing ...
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Series which are not Fourier Series

How to show that $$ \sum_{n=2}^\infty \frac{\sin{(nx)}}{\log n} $$ not the Fourier series of any function? I have shown that the series is convergent by Dirichlet test. Let $a(n)=\frac{1}{\log ...
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Why ${ \sum\limits_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{n} }$ is divergent , but ${ \sum\limits_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{n^2} }$ is convergent?

I don't understand why ${ \displaystyle \sum\limits_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{n} }$ is divergent, but ${ \displaystyle \sum\limits_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{n^2} }$ is convergent and its limit is equal to ...
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Does every sequence of rationals, whose sum is irrational, have a subsequence whose sum is rational

Assume we have a sequence of rational numbers $a=(a_n)$. Assume we have a summation function $S: \mathscr {L}^1 \mapsto \mathbb R, \ \ S(a)=\sum a_n$ ($\mathscr {L}^1$ is the sequence space whose sums ...
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“Pseudo-Cauchy” sequences: are they also Cauchy?

I tried to prove something but I could not, I don't know if it's true or not, but I did not found a counterexample. Let $(a_n)$ be a sequence in a general metric space such that for any fixed $k ...
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Does the series $\sum\frac{a_n}{a_{n+1}}\frac{1}{n}$ always diverge if $0<a_n<1$?

Does the series $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{a_n}{a_{n+1}}\frac{1}{n}$$ diverge for any $a_n$, satisfying $0<a_n<1$, $n=1, 2, 3\dots$ ?
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Does there exist a bijective $f:\mathbb{N} \to \mathbb{N}$ such that $\sum f(n)/n^2$ converges?

We know that $\displaystyle\zeta(2)=\sum\limits_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{n^2} = \frac{\pi^2}{6}$ and it converges. Does there exists a bijective map $f:\mathbb{N} \to \mathbb{N}$ such that the ...
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Sum of the alternating harmonic series $\sum_{k=1}^{\infty}\frac{(-1)^{k+1}}{k} = \frac{1}{1} - \frac{1}{2} + \cdots $

I know that the harmonic series $$\sum_{k=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{k} = \frac{1}{1} + \frac{1}{2} + \frac{1}{3} + \frac{1}{4} + \frac{1}{5} + \frac{1}{6} + \cdots + \frac{1}{n} + \cdots \tag{I}$$ ...
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Is there a way of working with the Zariski topology in terms of convergence/limits?

As someone who is very fond of analysis, I feel most comfortable working in topological spaces via the notion of convergence of sequences (or nets, in infinite-dimensional Banach spaces, etc.). In ...
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Does the sum converge for all values of $a$?

Here is the sum (for which $a$ is the variable): $$a+\sin(a)+\sin(\sin(a))+\cdots$$ Does the sum always converge for all values of $a$? So far, this is what I have done: 1) I plugged in many ...
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Convergent or Divergent? $\sum_{n=1}^\infty\bigl(2^{\frac1{n}}-1\bigr)$

Is $\sum_{n=1}^\infty(2^{\frac1{n}}-1)$ convergent or divergent? $$\lim_{n\to\infty}(2^{\frac1{n}}-1) = 0$$ I can't think of anything to compare it against. The integral looks too hard: ...
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A “non-trivial” example of a Cauchy sequence that does not converge?

A Cauchy sequence doesn't necessarily converge, e.g. take the sequence $(1/n)$ in the space $(0,1)$. Maybe my intuition is wrong but I tend to think of this as, "it does converge but what it ...
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Establish convergence of the series: $1-\frac{1}{2}-\frac{1}{3}+\frac{1}{4}+\frac{1}{5}+\frac{1}{6}-…$

Establish convergence of the series: $1-\frac{1}{2}-\frac{1}{3}+\frac{1}{4}+\frac{1}{5}+\frac{1}{6}-...$ The number of signs increases by one in each "block". I have an idea. Group the series like ...
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Examples of Taylor series with interesting convergence along the boundary of convergence?

In most standard examples of power series, the question of convergence along the boundary of convergence has one of several "simple" answers. (I am considering power series of a complex variable.) ...
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Prove that sum is finite

Let $j \in \mathbb{N}$. Set $$ a_j^{(1)}=a_j:=\sum_{i=0}^j\frac{(-1)^{j-i}}{i!6^i(2(j-i)+1)!} $$ and $a_j^{(l+1)}=\sum_{i=0}^ja_ia_{j-i}^{(l)}$. Please help me to prove that the following sum is ...
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Convergence\Divergence of $\sum\limits_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac {1\cdot 3\cdots (2n-1)} {2\cdot 4\cdots (2n)}$

Prove convergence\divergence of the series: $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\dfrac {1\cdot 3\cdots (2n-1)} {2\cdot 4\cdots (2n)}$$ Here is what I have at the moment: Method I My first way uses a result that ...
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A question on convergence of series

Suppose $(z_i)$ is a sequence of complex numbers such that $|z_i|\to 0$ strictly decreasing. If $(a_i)$ is a sequence of complex numbers that has the property that for any $n\in\mathbb{N}$ $$ ...
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Does $\sum_{n=1}^\infty n^{-1-|\sin n|^a}$ converge for some $a\in(0,1)$?

The divergence of the series $\sum_{n=1}^\infty n^{-1-|\sin n|}$ is proved here. An inmediate consequence is that if $a\ge1$ then $\sum_{n=1}^\infty n^{-1-|\sin n|^a}$ also diverges. My question is: ...
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Slowing down divergence 2

Let $f(x)$ and $g(x)$ be positive nondecreasing functions such that $ \sum_{n>1} \frac1{f(n)} \text{ and } \sum_{n>1} \frac1{g(n)} $ diverges. (Why) must the series $$\sum_{n>1} ...
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Show that the sequence ${a_n}$ converges where $a_n = \sqrt{1+\sqrt{2+\sqrt{3+\cdots+\sqrt{n}}}}$ for $n\geq 1$.

The original question was to determine whether the sequence converges, but I have checked for extremely high values of $n$ and it seems as though it does converge. This lead me to wonder if there was ...
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If $\lim_n f_n(x_n)=f(x)$ for every $x_n \to x$ then $f_n \to f$ uniformly on $[0,1]$?

This is a self-posed question, so I do not know the answer and I would like to know what do you think about. Let $f,f_n:[0,1]\to \mathbb R$ be continuous functions. Assume that for every sequence ...
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For $a_n,b_n\uparrow$ and $\sum \frac{1}{a_n}$, $\sum \frac{1}{b_n}$ divergent is the series $\sum \frac{1}{a_n+b_n}$ also divergent? [duplicate]

Let $a_n$ and $b_n$ are strictly increasing to $+\infty$ sequences such that the series $\sum \frac{1}{a_n}$ and $\sum \frac{1}{b_n}$ are divergent. Is it true that the series $\sum \frac{1}{a_n+b_n}$ ...
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Generalized Fibonacci Sequence Question

The Fibonacci Sequence is defined as the recurrence $a(n)=a_{n-1}+a_{n-2}$ where $a(0)=0$ and $a(1)=1$. Today, I was bored so I considered the sequence $a(n)=\sqrt{a_{n-1}}+\sqrt{a_{n-2}}$. Ten ...
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Need to prove the sequence $a_n=1+\frac{1}{2^2}+\frac{1}{3^2}+\cdots+\frac{1}{n^2}$ converges

I need to prove that the sequence $a_n=1+\frac{1}{2^2}+\frac{1}{3^2}+\cdots+\frac{1}{n^2}$ converges. I do not have to find the limit. I have tried to prove it by proving that the sequence is monotone ...
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Infinite sum of reciprocals of pentagonal numbers

How do I find this sum: $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{p(n)}$$ where $p(n)=\dfrac{n(3n-1)}{2}$ is the $n$th pentagonal number? I know it is a convergent series, but I don't know if the sum can be ...
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Find the limit of $(\sin \frac{1}{n} \cdot \sin \frac{2}{n} \cdot … \cdot \sin 1)^{\frac{1}{n}}$

Could you tell me how to find $\lim_{n \rightarrow \infty} (\sin \frac{1}{n} \cdot \sin \frac{2}{n} \cdot ... \cdot \sin 1)^{\frac{1}{n}}$ ?
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Does the sequence $\{\sin^n(n)\}$ converge?

Does the sequence $\{\sin^n(n)\}$ converge? Does the series $\sum\limits_{n=1}^\infty \sin^n(n)$ converge?
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If $f(x) + f'(x) + f''(x) \to A$ as $x \to \infty$, then show that $f(x) \to A$ as $x \to \infty$

This problem is an extension to the simpler problem which deals with $f(x) + f'(x) \to A$ as $x \to \infty$ (see problem 2 on my blog). If $f$ is twice continuously differentiable in some interval ...
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Strong and weak convergence in $\ell^1$

Let $\ell^1$ be the space of absolutely summable real or complex sequences. Let us say that a sequence $(x_1, x_2, \ldots)$ of vectors in $\ell^1$ converges weakly to $x \in \ell^1$ if for every ...
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Suppose $\sum x_n$ converges (not necessarily absolutely), does $\sum \sin x_n$ necessarily converge?

The question is: If $\sum x_n$ converges, does $\sum \sin x_n$ converge? I know that if $\sum x_n$ converges absolutely, then $\sum \sin x_n$ converges. My intuition is that we cannot completely ...
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Convergence of power towers

Let's define the sequence $\{s_n\}$ recursively as $$s_1=\sqrt2,\ \ \ s_{n+1}=\sqrt2^{\,s_n}.$$ Or, in other words, $$s_n=\underbrace{\sqrt2^{\sqrt2^{\ .^{\ .^{\ .^{\sqrt2}}}}}}_{n\ \text{levels}}.$$ ...
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Convergence of $\lim\limits_{n\to\infty}\sum\limits_{k=1}^{n}\binom{n}{k}\frac{\sin k}{k}$

Is this series convergent? I met it when I was studying some fractals. $$\lim_{n\to\infty}\sum_{k=1}^{n}\binom{n}{k}\frac{\sin k}{k}$$
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A few counterexamples in the convergence of functions

I'm studying the various types of convergence for sequences of real valued functions defined on measure spaces: pointwise convergence a.e. , convergence in $L^p$ norm, weak convergence in $L^p$, and ...
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Why doesn't $d(x_n,x_{n+1})\rightarrow 0$ as $n\rightarrow\infty$ imply ${x_n}$ is Cauchy?

What is an example of a sequence in $\mathbb R$ with this property that is not Cauchy?
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Prove $\sum^{\infty}_{n=1} \frac{a_{n+1}-a_{n}}{a_{n}}=\infty$ for an increasing sequence $a_n$ of positive integers

The $a_n$'s are integers, positive, and increasing: $0< a_1 < a_2 < \cdots$, the problem asks us to prove that: $$ \sum^{\infty}_{n=1} \frac{a_{n+1}-a_{n}}{a_{n}}=\infty $$ While I have ...