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Proving that $\forall x>0$, $\lim\limits_{n\to\infty}x^{1/n}=1$

I was reading sequences in Terence Tao Analysis book and I came across the question: Prove that $\forall x>0$, $\lim\limits_{n\to\infty}x^{1/n}=1$ In the hint it says that ... you may ...
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Non-Cauchy products for series?

Let $\sum a_n$ and $\sum b_n$ be two absolutely convergent series. My question is Is it possible to take the product of the two series $(\sum a_n)(\sum b_n)$ and get a result different from the ...
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Should I use the comparison test for the following series?

given the following series $\sum_{k=0}^\infty \frac{\sin(2k)}{1+2^k}$ I'm supposed to determine whether it converges or diverges. Am I supposed to use the comparison test for this? My guess would ...
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Convergent by Ratio test?

I am lost with this problem: $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{n^n}{2^n n!}.$$ I am suppose to find if it is convergent or divergent. I have the correct set up. After cancelling everything I am left with ...
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Show that $\frac{n}{n^2-3}$ converges

Hi I need help with this epsilon delta proof. The subtraction in the denominator as well as being left with $n$ in multiple places is causing problems.
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Is the following Alternating Series Absolutely Convergent?

$$\sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac{(-1)^n}{2n+1}$$ I think it is Absolutely Convergent because it converges by direct comparison to Harmonic series? Am I right or wrong?
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How could one invert this sum of Stirling numbers?

In this paper, under Stirling Numbers and their Asymptotics, the author takes equation (3.1): ...
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If the i-th, j-th, and k-th terms in an AP are in a GP with ratio r, find $r$ in terms of $i, j$, and $k$

If the i-th, j-th, and k-th terms in an arithmetic progression are in a geometric progression with ratio r, find r in terms of i, j, and k. This is my result: (1) if $ik \ne j^2$ then ...
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Finding $\sum\limits_{k=0}^n k$ using summation by parts

This is another exercise from Smoryński's Logical Number Theory; not being a mathematician, I'm a bit new to this finite difference stuff, so, please, bear with me! In a previous exercise, Smoryński ...
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How $\zeta(-1)$ is defined? [duplicate]

I know some proof that $\zeta(-1)$ equals to $-\frac{1}{12}$. here it is: Let $S_1 = (1)+(-1)+(1)+(-1)+...$ Then we have that $2S_1=1$ because if we shift the second $S_1$ for 1 to right we have ...
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Fibonacci series generated with division $1/999999999999999999999998999999999999999999999999$ [duplicate]

I tested the suggestion of finding the Fibonacci series by division, which sounded very surprising to me. I therefore used a simple sympy script to test it and found that it works as advertised. ...
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Using the ratio test when the limit of ratio is infinity

If the limit in ratio test is infinity. Does the sequence converge? I suspect not as it is infinity and not some finite value but I'm not sure. Any help?
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How to prove that series $\frac{1}{n+1}$, as $n\to \infty$ is zero. [on hold]

Can somebody explain how to prove that series $\frac{1}{n+1}$, as $n \to \infty$? I mean infinite series, not sequence, and I want to understand how to define the partial sum when n goes to infinity. ...
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how to prove that $\lim\limits_{n\to\infty} \left( 1-\frac{1}{n} \right)^n = \frac{1}{e}$ [duplicate]

I need to prove $$\lim\limits_{n\to\infty} \left( 1-\frac{1}{n} \right)^n = \frac{1}{e}$$ For now, I only know the e definition: $\lim\limits_{n\to\infty} \left ( 1+\frac{1}{n} \right)^n = e $, and I ...
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Prove that $\tan \left ( \sum_{k=1}^{n} \theta_k \right ) \geq \sum_{k=1}^{n} \tan (\theta_k)$

I'm trying to prove by induction that $$\tan \left ( \sum_{k=1}^{n} \theta_k \right ) \geq \sum_{k=1}^{n} \tan (\theta_k)$$ provided that $$\sum_{k=1}^{n} \theta_k < \frac{\pi}{2}$$ So in ...
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Expanding $\frac{2x^2}{1+x^3}$ to series

So I was doing some series expansion problems and stumbled upon this one ( the problem is from Pauls Online Notes ) $$f(x) = \frac{2x^2}{1+x^3}$$ The actual solution to this problem uses a ...
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Two divergent series such that their product is convergent

I faced a series question it goes something like give an example of 2 divergent series such that when the 2 series are multiplied to each other, the new series becomes convergent, although it looks ...
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Show a function defined by summation is increasing, another is decreasing

Problem: For real numbers $x\ge1$ and $k>0$, let $f:R\rightarrow R$ and $g:R\rightarrow R$ be defined as follows. $f(x) = -\frac{1}{x}+\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{(nk+x)^2}$ , ...
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Sequence uniform convergence but the derivatives are not.

Give a sequence $(f_n)_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ of differentiable functions which uniformly converge to $0$, but for which the seqeunce $(f_n')_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ of the derivatives isn't even pointwise ...
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A limit problem: $\lim\limits_{n\to\infty}\frac{1+\frac{1}{2}+\frac{1}{4}+\cdots+\frac{1}{2^n} }{1+\frac{1}{3}+\frac{1}{9}+\cdots+\frac{1}{3^n} }$

I need help in solving the limit below: $$\lim_{n\to\infty}\frac{1+\frac{1}{2}+\frac{1}{4}+\cdots+\frac{1}{2^n} }{1+\frac{1}{3}+\frac{1}{9}+\cdots+\frac{1}{3^n} }$$ What I've done is to simplify ...
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Express the number $4$ and $5$ and $6$ and $7$ and $8$ [on hold]

Express the number $4$ and $5$ and $6$ and $7$ and $8$ with trigonometric identities or series or equations. example: Express the number $1$, $$\cos^2 x + \sin^2 x=1$$ Express the number $2$, ...
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Infinite sub-sequences that make up a sequence

A sequence $\{a_n\}$ can be broken into sub-sequences, $\{a_n\}^1_{k_1}, \{a_n\}^2_{k_2}, \dots,\{a_n\}^m_{k_m}$, if every element in $\{a_n\}$ belongs to at least one of the sub-sequences. I had to ...
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How can I raise a Taylor Series to a power?

I have recently been undertaking the challenge of finding the antiderivative of $x^x$. In doing so, I have come across the idea of raising a Taylor series to a variable exponent. I came to the ...
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Definition of exponential function -

A lot of textbooks offer a definition of the exponential function such as this: $$\exp(x):=\sum_{k=0}^{\infty}\frac{x^k}{k!}.$$ a) Show that the given definition for $\exp$ is correct, ...
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Integral approximation for alternating series

I can approximate the sum of $\frac 1 {n^2}$ using its integral. But what about $(-1)^n\frac 1 {n^2}$? Is it possible to approximate this using integrals? I want to know if there are other ways than ...
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Closed set in $l_{2}$

I need to show that the set $A=\left\{ x \in l_{2} : |x_{n}| \leq \frac{1}{n}, n=1, 2, ...\right\}$ is a closed subset of $l_{2}$ I'm assuming the best way to show this is to have a sequence in A ...
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Analytic continuation of a certain Dirichlet series

Is there an elementary way to analytically continue $$f(s)=\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{(-1)^n}{(2n+1)^s}$$ to the entire complex plane? It is not hard to see (by grouping terms in pairs and using the ...
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Is there a function that can be subtracted from the sum of reciprocals of primes to make the series convergent

The gamma constant is defined by an equation where the harmonic series is subtracted by the natural logarithm: $$\gamma = \lim_{n \rightarrow \infty }\left(\sum_{k=1}^n \frac{1}{k} - \ln(n)\right)$$ ...
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Calculating $\sum_{k=0}^{n}\sin(k\theta)$ [duplicate]

I'm given the task of calculating the sum $\sum_{i=0}^{n}\sin(i\theta)$. So far, I've tried converting each $\sin(i\theta)$ in the sum into its taylor series form to get: ...
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Does $\tan (x)$ equal $\frac{-1}{x-\frac{\pi}{2}}+\frac{-1}{x+\frac{\pi}{2}}+\frac{-1}{x-\frac{3\pi}{2}}+\frac{-1}{x+\frac{3\pi}{2}}+…$?

I set my Year 12 students a question involving the sums of rational functions $\frac{1}{x-n}$. The graph of a sum of these functions looks an awful lot like a tan graph. This led me to ask: Does ...
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Limit of a sum.

While fixing my answer to this question I noticed that (actually the question is equivalent to this modulo some algebra) $$\frac{1}{2}=\lim_{x\to\infty}\sum_{i=0}^\infty ...
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How do I evaluate $\lim_{n\rightarrow \infty}\frac{1}{\sqrt{n}}\sum_{k=1}^{n}\frac{1}{\sqrt{k}}$?

How do i evaluate this limit : $$\displaystyle \lim_{n\rightarrow \infty}\frac{1}{\sqrt{n}}\left(1+\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}+\frac{1}{\sqrt{3}}+............+\frac{1}{\sqrt{n}}\right)$$ ? Thank you for any ...
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Bizarre definition of convergent sequences

I've recently begun studying Analysis, specifically the sequence and series part. I've just come across the definition of convergence: A sequence $(a_n)$ converges to a real number $a$ if, for ...
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What is the function $f$ such that $\sum_{k=0}^n f(k)=n^3$?

$$\begin{align*} 1 &\leadsto 1 \\ 1+3 &\leadsto 2^2 \\ 1+3+5 &\leadsto 3^2 \end{align*}$$ In general, if $f(x)=2x+1$, then $f(0)+f(1)+f(2)...f(n)=(n+1)^2$. Now, $$\begin{align*} 1 ...
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Closed form for a binomial series

I am wondering if any knows how to compute a closed form for the following two series. $$\sum_{m=1}^{n}\frac{(-1)^m}{m^2}\binom{2n}{n+m}$$ $$\sum_{m=1}^{n}\frac{(-1)^m}{m^4}\binom{2n}{n+m}$$ ...
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Multiplication of 2 sums that equal another multiplication of 2 sums

I have been trying to prove a formula of mine and i come across something very interesting, well to me it is. If the formula is correct, it states that: $$ \left(\sum_{m=0}^{k-c} {k-c \choose m}{ms_1 ...
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Can anyone prove the identity $\sum_{m=-\infty}^\infty (z+\pi m)^{-2} = (\sin z)^ {-2} $

I came across this identity in a paper on elliptic curves, and the proof wasn't provided. It really irked me, and I couldn't find an explanation anywhere else. Can anyone shed some light? ...
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What is $\sum_{n=0}^\infty n^n$ [on hold]

If it does not work above: 1^1+2^2+3^3+4^4...= to what? If the answer is found, then what would be the proof of it and why? Although it does diverge, some divergence sums amount to a number < ...
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What formula would I use for a four factor prioritization method where the factors are summed and ranked?

We are developing a way to prioritize system issues. Our current ranking is 1 - 5, but that becomes rather flat when dealing with a couple hundred issues. In our new method, we have four factors in ...
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If $x_{n+1}\leq x_n + 1/n^2$ then $x_n$ converges [duplicate]

Let $x_n$ be a sequence of non-negative real numbers such that $\forall n, x_{n+1}\leq x_n+ \frac{1}{n^2}$ Prove that $x_n$ converges. The problem is trivial whenever $x_{n}$ is an ...
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value of an $\sum_3^\infty\frac{3n-4}{(n-2)(n-1)n}$

I ran into this sum $$\sum_{n=3}^{\infty} \frac{3n-4}{n(n-1)(n-2)}$$ I tried to derive it from a standard sequence using integration and derivatives, but couldn't find a proper function to describe ...
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Seemingly simple logic question

I found this pleasant textbook on Proof Theory online and free: Introduction to Proofs, an Inquiry-Based approach To quote (page 9): 2.26 DEFINITION. A sequence $\langle x_0,x_1, . . . ...
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Proving a Recursive Formula

I know there are some questions on this site about how to find a recursive formula, but I've already found the formula. I'm doing an assignment (http://mathstat.dal.ca/~svenjah/math2112/Assign6.pdf) ...
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Give the three numbers that form a geometric sequence. [on hold]

Three numbers form a geometric sequence. If 5 is added to the second term, then the resulting numbers will constitute an arithmetic sequence. If 22.5 is added to the third number, these numbers will ...
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How to prove the non-existence of a polynomial series that uniformly converges to this function?

I was asked to prove the following. There exists a function $p(x)\in C(a,b)$ $(-\infty<a<b<+\infty)$, such that there does not exists a polynomial series which uniformly converges to ...
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Excel's EXP function compared to a series expansion

I am comparing the results of a series expansion of $e^x$ to Excel's $\mathop{EXP}(x)$ function. Should I expect them to be the same? Excel's gives $\mathop{EXP}(10) = 22026.4657948067$. However, ...
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By what rule can't you do this specific action with respect to infinite sums? [on hold]

An example of this is the summation of 1+2+3...=-1/12. By some reason, you cannot change the digits of that to 1+(1+1)+(1+1+1)... which would be equal to -1/2. -1/12 is not equal to -1/2 though.
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Sum of trigonometric infinite series

I am trying to prove that for any $x\geq 1$ we have: $$ \sum_{m=1}^{\infty} \frac{\sin\frac{(2m-1)\pi}{x}}{\left(\frac{(2m-1)\pi}{x}\right)^3} = \frac{x}{8}(x-1). $$ Could I have some help please? I ...
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Sum of $\sum\limits_{x=-\infty}^{\infty}x^{\operatorname{sign}(x)}$

Both the sum of $1+2+3+4+\cdots$ and the sum of $\frac{1}{2}+\frac{1}{3}+\frac{1}{4}+\frac{1}{5}+\cdots$ diverge. If both are paired together in one function, as seen above, can they amount to a ...
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“fast enough” decay of an $\ell ^2$ sequence implies $\ell ^1$?

To be specific, say we are given that $(a_n)$ is a sequence of real numbers such that \begin{equation} \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} n^3 a_n^2 < \infty. \end{equation} Is it then true that $$ ...