Somewhere beyond the numbers lies the concept of Infinity. But what exactly does "infinity" mean? What rules does it obey? What interesting properties does it have?

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Arithemetic series addition

Lets say I have M= 1+2+3+4+5+6+7.... (to infinity) and I have another sequence,N= 6+14+22+30..... (to infinity) is it possible to say that N = 4M +2 ? Or is there another way that I can write ...
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Proof of Nesbitt's Inequality?

I just thought of this proof but I can't seem to get it to work. Let $a,b,c>0$, prove that $$\frac{a}{b+c}+\frac{b}{c+a}+\frac{c}{a+b}\ge \frac{3}{2}$$ Proof: Since the inequality is homogeneous, ...
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Evaluating the antiderivative of a particular improper integral

The task is to integrate $$\tau = \int\limits_{-\infty}^{+\infty}\frac{dx}{\sqrt{E - \frac{U}{cosh^2(ax)}}}, E>U$$ but after taking the integral I get $$\tau ...
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Help with calculus 12 question [on hold]

So I am having trouble with my calculus homework! The question is: Find a value for $a$ so that the function $$f(x)=\begin{cases}x^2-1& x<3\\2ax& x\ge 3\end{cases}$$ is continuos. ...
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Why do we care about the 'rapidness' for convergence?

It is those puzzeling improper integrals that I can't get my head around.... Does the (improper) integral $\frac 1{x^2}$ from 1 to $\infty$ coverges because it is converging "fast" or because it has ...
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Quantifying infinitely large sums such as $\sum_{x\in\mathbb{R}^+} x$

I thought of this as a student in calculus years ago, and it may be a silly kind of question. I wondered if there were notions of different sizes of infinity a series might sum to, which then lead me ...
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L'Hôpital's as $x$ tends to infinity

I'm searching for the explanation to the limit of: $$ \lim\limits_{x\to\infty} x\, \ln\frac{x+1}{x-1}. $$ I know the answer is 2, but I can't seem to get there. The problem is in my textbook under a ...
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Recurrence relation taken to infinity [closed]

Very simple question.... Say we have a recursive function: $x_n = \dfrac{c}{2ax_{n-1}}$ where $x_0 \in \mathbb Z^+$ and $n \in \mathbb Z^+$ ($x_n \in \mathbb Z^+$, for now, but this should work ...
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How is infinity not a number? [closed]

I've heard this surprising thing somewhere and it seems to me that infinity isn't a number, but how is that true? I want to know by the answers you put below (a rhyme! (know and below rhyme))! ...
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infinite limit question from Calc I

Find the limit $$\lim_{x\to\infty}\sqrt{x^2+x+1}-x$$ This limit is part of a question involving squeeze theorum, the limit is $\frac12$ but i don't know how to prove it because of the polynomial in ...
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Convergence of this alternating series?

I "heard" the following formula for any $C \ge 1$: $\sum\limits_{k=0}^\infty \dfrac{(-1)^k}{(k+1)C^k} = C \log \dfrac{C+1}{C}$ Is it correct? What would be a proof?
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Estimating the mean Euclidean distance between two overlapping, not-matching shapes

I’d like to determine the mean distance between two irregular overlapped, not-matching shapes ($X$ and $Y$). In $Figure 1$, $X$ is “visually above” $Y$, and that’s why we can’t see part of the $Y$ ...
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Did I construct an infinite set equal to $\{1\}$?

Okay, I'm trying to understand the argument that NJ Wildberger gives in the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CiiGdaYEPU He tries to explain why he things infinite sets don't make ...
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Question about $\lim_{x\to \infty}\frac{\cos(3x)}{e^{8x}}$

$\lim_{x\to \infty}\dfrac{\cos(3x)}{e^{8x}}$ The answer is $0$. Why is the answer $0$? The top oscillates between $-1$ and $1$ and the bottom becomes huge, but since the top is oscillating, ...
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Prove that the distance between a black and a white dot is one

I just read this article about some tough interview questions. One of the questions (allegedly given in an interview for a Technology Analyst position in Goldman Sachs) was: There are infinite ...
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The limit of $\sqrt{x^2+x+1}-\sqrt{x^2+1}$ as $x\to\infty$ [closed]

Currently I'm self studying limits. but I don't know how to get the answer to this question: $$\lim _ { x\to \infty }\left(\sqrt{x^2+x+1}-\sqrt{x^2+1}\right)$$ can someone help me
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Why is one “$\infty$” number enough for complex numbers?

Can anyone give me a rigorous explanation, why one needs only one number "$\infty$", when dealing with complex numbers, instead of 2 numbers $+\infty, \ -\infty$ like in the case, when dealing with ...
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Limit to Infinity question?

$$\lim_{x\to\infty}\left(-\sqrt{-2x+x^2}+\sqrt{2x+x^2}\right)=2$$ I'm not sure how to go about solving this problem.
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The limit as x approaches infinity

$$\lim_{x\to\infty}x\left(1-\sqrt{1+\frac1{2x}}\right)$$ Can anyone explain how to get this?
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Are there “numbers” with infinite number of digits (to the left) and are they useful?

Are there "numbers" with infinite amount of digits (to the left) and are they useful?(not talking about p-adic numbers) By useful I mean used in math (or something) and not a dead end idea. I guess I ...
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Partial sum formula of a polynomial series?

I am trying to find the partial sum formula of the following series: $$ \sum_{y=1}^{\infty} \frac{4y^2-12y+9}{(y+3)(y+2)(y+1)y} $$ I have tried using Faulhaber's formula without success. I have also ...
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Is$\ \infty \times 0$ undefined in the extended real numbers?

And if it is, why? Is it a kind of postulate related to the fact that infinitely many points make a line?
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How can I evaluate this limit?

I'm studying for an upcoming midterm and i'm stuck on this question. It's asking me to evaluate the following limit and justify my answer. $\lim \limits_{x \to \infty} \sqrt{x^2+3x} - \sqrt{x^2-2x}$ ...
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What is the geometric way of relating zero to infinity?

I once saw (what I think was) a geometric way a relating zero to infinity. Something about a circle with radius 1 around the origin. Can you tell me where to find that? Thanks
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Limit that fail to exist

Does a limit that equals to infinity considered to exist ?? am confused !! for Example 1/(x-2)--> when evaluating the limit at 2 the result is 1/0 which is infinity while after looking at the graph ...
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When is an infinite set larger than another infinite set?

Somewhat of a basic question that I've been pondering about, suppose we have 2 finite sets $A,B$, arbitrary sets with arbitrary elements that we know nothing about, except that they are both finite. ...
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What is the cardinality of all frames in time?

If we divide time into individual frames, then we would get a set of infinite frames. But what is the cardinality of such a set? Since time is continuous, like the real numbers, I would expect the ...
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When does it make sense to say that something is almost infinite?

I remember hearing someone say "almost infinite" on one of the science-esque youtube channels. I can't remember which video exactly, but if I do, I'll include it for reference. As someone who hasn't ...
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Hilbert's hotel with uncountably infinite rooms: can you fit $\mathbb R^2$ guests?

I'm trying to expand on Hilbert's paradox. The original version states that: Suppose there is a hotel with a countable infinity of rooms (eg. $\mathbb N$), all of which are occupied. ...
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Is$\ +\infty$ greater than any other number (surreal, superreal, hyperreal, …)?

Let$\ \mathbb{A}$ be an arbitrary totally ordered set and consider the largest element of the set of extended real numbers,$\ +\infty$. Can we say that$\ +\infty > \chi $, for *any*$\ \chi \in ...
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Question about $\lim_{x \to -\infty}\frac{\sqrt{10+11x^2}}{12+13x}$

$\lim_{x \to -\infty}\dfrac{\sqrt{10+11x^2}}{12+13x}$ = multiply top and bottom by $\dfrac{1}{x}=-\dfrac{1}{\sqrt{x^2}}$ My question is, why is the negative sign in front so crucial, I don't ...
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How to prove that if $x_n\to -\infty$ then $\frac{1}{x_n}\to 0$ as $n\to \infty$

How to prove that if $x_n\to -\infty$ then $\frac{1}{x_n}\to 0$ as $n\to \infty$. My attempt: Let $x_n\to -\infty$ and $\epsilon\gt 0$. By the Archimedean Principle pick $N\in \mathbb N$ such that ...
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Does infinity have a limit?? [closed]

Infinity being the far extent that the numerical system can stretch,can we say that infinity is actually a limit or infiity has another limit?
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There is no smallest infinity in calculus?

Somewhat of a basic question, but I tried mixing set theory and calculus and the result is a giant mess. From set theory (assume ZFC) we know there is a smallest infinite cardinal, $\aleph_0$, and ...
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How do I solve $\lim_{x\to -\infty}(\sqrt{x^2 + x + 1} + x)$?

I'm having trouble finding this limit: $$\lim_{x\to -\infty}(\sqrt{x^2 + x + 1} + x)$$ I tried multiplying by the conjugate: $$\lim_{x\to -\infty}(\frac{\sqrt{x^2 + x + 1} + x}{1} \times ...
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Does infinite equal infinite?

I have a question. Let $x$ be infinite. $$2x=\infty\times2, \quad 2x=\infty$$ So actually, does $2x=x$?
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Does this sequence diverge to ∞?

The sequence $(a_n)_{n \geq 1}$ is defined as follows: $$a_n:= \begin{cases} 0 \quad \text{if} \quad n \quad \text{is odd}\\ n \quad \text{if} \quad n \quad \text{is even}\end{cases} \quad .$$ Does ...
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Calculate exact value of and infinite sum [duplicate]

Im trying to find the exact value of the infinite sum : 3 + 1/3 + 1/27 + 1/243 + 1/2187 + ... I can see that to generate new terms we take the previous term and divide by 9 or multiply by 9. Not ...
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Is this set countably infinite or not?

"Far away, in the heavenly abode of the great god Indra, there is a wonderful net that has been hung by some artificer in such a manner that it stretches out infinitely in all directions. In ...
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Does there exist a connected 2-regular uncountable graph, or an uncountable path?

Does there exist a connected 2-regular uncountable graph? Can I use the axiom of choice to construct an uncountable path of elements from the reals? The question arose when reading this: Also, ...
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Circles and the continuum hypothesis

I was trying to understand the undecidable nature of the continuum hypothesis and came up with the following question: The set of circles with a rational diameter is countably infinite (with ...
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Degrees of freedom in each domain in Discrete, Continuous and Mixed Fourier Transforms

I'm having trouble with the different infinities involved in the Discrete and Continuous Fourier Transforms. In the DFT, we have a finite number $N$ time domain samples $x(i), 0\leq i<N$, which ...
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Summing infinitely many numbers: how to assign a value?

If we take $S = 1-1+1-1+1-1+1-1+...$ we can show (in many different ways) that the result of the sum is $\frac{1}{2}$. One way for example would be to add $S$ to itself but shift it along one place, ...
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Limit approaching to negative infinity.

Q. Find $\lim _{x\to -\infty }\left(\frac{x^4\sin\frac{1}{x}+x^2}{1+|x|^3}\right)$ By inserting $x=-\frac{1}{y}$ and as $_{x\to \:-\infty \:}$ then $_{y\to \:0\:\:}$. By applying this my text arrive ...
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Help explain the set being constructed in this Cantor-Schroder-Berstein proof

The Cantor-Schroder-Bernstein theorem states that: Suppose $A$ and $B$ are sets. If $|A|\le |B|$ and $|B|\le |A|$, then $|A|=|B|$ Proof: So, $|A|\le|B|$ implies we can choose an injection ...
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Sizes of infinity

I was just thinking about infinity (as you do) and thought the following. "There are infinitely many reals in the interval $x\in[0,1]$ and an 'equal number of reals' $x\in[1,2]$, so there are 'double ...
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Is there a thing named a “spiral plane” which is a plane but it's spiral?

Hello, I'm wondering if there is such thing like this. Is there a plane which is not flat but spiral and extending for infinity? I have drawn a representation for what I mean but it's not thorough ...
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Is 0.9 repeating = 1 disproved by asymptotes?

I'm discussing proofs that 0.9 repeating equals 1 with some friends, and they use asymptotes to disprove this. One says if we had the function $y=x/0.000\ldots1$ (and he's only using that impossible ...
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Help to prove this inductively defined function is surjective

Suppose that $A$ is a infinite subset of $\mathbb{Z}^+$. We construct a bijection $f:\mathbb{Z}^+ \rightarrow A$ and define $f(n)$ inductively as follows: Base case: Let $f(1)$ be the least element ...
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Can't find limit tending to infinity of a sequence

I'm stumped by $$\lim_{x \to \infty}\frac{1+3+5+\cdots+(2x-1)}{x+3} - x$$ My obvious first step was to get a lowest common denominator by $x(\frac{x+3}{x+3})$, giving $$\lim_{x \to ...