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Finding the limit of $\frac{Q(n)}{P(n)}$ where $Q,P$ are polynomials

Suppose that $$Q(x)=a_{n}x^{n}+a_{n-1}x^{n-1}+\cdots+a_{1}x+a_{0} $$and $$P(x)=b_{m}x^{m}+b_{m-1}x^{m-1}+\cdots+b_{1}x+b_{0}.$$ How do I find $$\lim_{x\rightarrow\infty}\frac{Q(x)}{P(x)}$$ and what ...
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How to prove this identity $\pi=\sum\limits_{k=-\infty}^{\infty}\left(\frac{\sin(k)}{k}\right)^{2}\;$?

How to prove this identity? $$\pi=\sum_{k=-\infty}^{\infty}\left(\dfrac{\sin(k)}{k}\right)^{2}\;$$ I found the above interesting identity in the book $\bf \pi$ Unleashed. Does anyone knows how to ...
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Series converges implies $\lim{n a_n} = 0$

I'm studying for qualifying exams and ran into this problem. Show that if ${a_n}$ is a nonincreasing sequence of positive real numbers such that $\sum_n{a_n}$ converges, then $\lim_{n \rightarrow ...
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Finding Value of the Infinite Product $\prod \Bigl(1-\frac{1}{n^{2}}\Bigr)$

While trying some problems along with my friends we had difficulty in this question. True or False: The value of the infinite product $$\prod\limits_{n=2}^{\infty} \biggl(1-\frac{1}{n^{2}}\biggr)$$ ...
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How to determine equation for $\sum_{k=1}^n k^3$

How do you find an algebraic formula for $\sum_{k=1}^n k^3$? I am able to find one for $\sum_{k=1}^n k^2$, but not $k^3$. Any hints would be appreciated.
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Simple proof of showing the Harmonic number $H_n = \Theta (\log n)$

Consider the partial sum of the divergent Harmonic series $H_n = \sum\limits_{k = 1}^{n}\frac{1}{k}$. I recently saw a question which required finding out the asymptotic bounds of $H_n$. Now, I could ...
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Convergence of the series $\sum \limits_{n=2}^{\infty} \frac{1}{n\log^s n}$

We all know that $\displaystyle \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{n^s}$ converges for $s>1$ and diverges for $s \leq 1$ (Assume $s \in \mathbb{R}$). I was curious to see till what extent I can push the ...
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Summing Finitely Many Terms of Harmonic Series: $\sum_{k=a}^{b} \frac{1}{k}$

How do I calculate sum of a finite harmonic series of the form : $$\sum_{k=a}^{b} \frac{1}{k} = \frac{1}{a} + \frac{1}{a+1} + \frac{1}{a+2} +\cdots \frac{1}{b}.$$ Is there a general formula for ...
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Proving $\sum\limits_{i=0}^n i 2^{i-1} = (n+1) 2^n - 1$ by induction

I'm trying to apply an induction proof to show that $((n+1) 2^n - 1 $ is the sum of $(i 2^{i-1})$ from $0$ to $n$. the base case: L.H.S = R.H.S we assume that $(k+1) 2^k - 1 $ is true. we need to ...
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Showing that $\lim_{n\to\infty}\sum^n_{k=1}\frac{1}{k}-\ln(n)=0.5772\ldots$

How to show that $$\lim_{n\to\infty}\left[\sum^n_{k=1}\frac{1}{k}-\ln(n)\right]=0.5772\ldots$$ No clue at all. Need help! Appreciated!
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How to find the sum of this series : $1+\frac{1}{2}+ \frac{1}{3}+\frac{1}{4}+\dots+\frac{1}{n}$

Problem : How to find the sum of this series : $1+\frac{1}{2}+ \frac{1}{3}+\frac{1}{4}+\dots+\frac{1}{n}$ This is a Harmonic progression : So is this formula correct to sum the series : ...
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Stolz-Cesàro Theorem

Recently I've been trying to find a satisfactory proof of the Stolz-Cesàro Theorem but I havent found any. As I remember the claim is as follows: Let $${\left\{ {{b_n}} \right\}_{n \in {\Bbb N}}}$$ ...
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Does uncountable summation, with a finite sum, ever occur in mathematics?

Obviously, “most” of the terms must cancel out with opposite algebraic sign. You can contrive examples such as the sum of the members of R being 0, but does an uncountable sum, with a finite sum, ...
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What's the limit of the sequence $\lim_{n \rightarrow \infty} \frac{n!}{n^n}$?

$\displaystyle \lim_{n \rightarrow \infty} \frac{n!}{n^n}$ I have a question: Is it valid to use Stirling's Formula to prove convergence of the sequence?
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Summation of natural number set with power of $m$ [duplicate]

Who knows about the summation of this series: $$\sum\limits_{i=1}^{n}i^m $$ where $m$ is constant and $m\in \mathbb{N}$? thanks
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Closed form for $\sum_{n=-\infty}^{\infty}\frac{1}{(n-a)^2+b^2}$.

What is the closed form for $\sum_{n=-\infty}^{\infty}\frac{1}{(n-a)^2+b^2}$? We can use Fourier series of $e^{-bx}$ ($|x|<\pi$) to evaluate $\sum_{n=-\infty}^{\infty}\frac{1}{n^2+b^2}$. But this ...
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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 product of sine function

How to prove the following product? $$\frac{\sin(x)}{x}= \left(1+\frac{x}{\pi}\right) \left(1-\frac{x}{\pi}\right) \left(1+\frac{x}{2\pi}\right) \left(1-\frac{x}{2\pi}\right) ...
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Evaluate $\int_{0}^{+\infty }{\left( \frac{x}{{{\text{e}}^{x}}-{{\text{e}}^{-x}}}-\frac{1}{2} \right)\frac{1}{{{x}^{2}}}\text{d}x}$

Evaluate : $$\int_{0}^{+\infty }{\left( \frac{x}{{{\text{e}}^{x}}-{{\text{e}}^{-x}}}-\frac{1}{2} \right)\frac{1}{{{x}^{2}}}\text{d}x}$$
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The set of functions which map convergent series to convergent series

Suppose $f$ is some real function with the above property, i.e. if $\sum\limits_{n = 0}^\infty {x_n}$ converges, then $\sum\limits_{n = 0}^\infty {f(x_n)}$ also converges. My question is: can ...
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$\int_0^{\infty}\frac{\ln x}{x^2+a^2}\mathrm{d}x$ Evaluate Integral

Anyone remember the method for this? I think this should been done on the site $$\int_0^{\infty}\frac{\ln x}{x^2+a^2}\mathrm{d}x$$
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How find this sum $\sum\limits_{n=0}^{\infty}\frac{1}{(3n+1)(3n+2)(3n+3)}$

Find this sum $$I=\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}\dfrac{1}{(3n+1)(3n+2)(3n+3)}$$ My try: let $$f(x)=\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}\dfrac{x^{3n+3}}{(3n+1)(3n+2)(3n+3)},|x|\le 1$$ then we have ...
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Inequality between $\ell^p$-norms

Suppose that a sequence $x=(x_n)$ belongs both to $\ell^p$ and $\ell^q$ ($p,q>1$, $p\neq q$). Is there any inequality between $\|x\|_p$ and $\|x\|_q$. Can one $\ell^p$ be continuously embedded into ...
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Convergence of Ratio Test implies Convergence of the Root Test

In Elias Stein and Rami Shakarchi's Complex Analysis textbook, we have the following exercise: Show that if $\{a_n\}_{n=0}^\infty$ is a sequence of complex numbers such that ...
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Alternating harmonic sum $\sum_{k\geq 1}\frac{(-1)^k}{k^3}H_k$

How to analytically prove $$\sum_{k\geq 1}\frac{(-1)^k}{k^3}H_k=-\frac{11\pi^4}{360}+\frac{\ln^42-\pi^2\ln^22}{12}+2\mathrm{Li}_4\left(\frac12\right)+\frac{7\ln 2}{4}\zeta(3) $$ As O.L answer ...
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Limit of the nested radical $\sqrt{7+\sqrt{7+\sqrt{7+\cdots}}}$ [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: On the sequence $x_{n+1} = \sqrt{c+x_n}$ Where does this sequence converge? $\sqrt{7},\sqrt{7+\sqrt{7}},\sqrt{7+\sqrt{7+\sqrt{7}}}$,...
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I have to show $(1+\frac1n)^n$ is monotonically increasing sequence

I have to show $(1+\frac1n)^n$ is monotonically increasing sequence. $U_n=(1+\frac1n)^n$, $U_{n+1}=(1+\frac1{n+1})^{n+1}$ I must show $U_{n+1}-U_n\geq0$ i.e. to show ...
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$X_n\leq Y_n$ implies $\liminf X_n \leq \liminf Y_n$ and $\limsup X_n \leq \limsup Y_n$

Can anyone prove this question? I tried but I didn't get any I idea, so I hope someone can solve it. Let $X_n\leq Y_n$ for each $n\in \Bbb N$. Show that $\liminf X_n \leq \liminf Y_n$ and $\limsup ...
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Can you please check my Cesaro means proof

I wanted to prove the following: if $x_n \to x$ then $y_n \to x$ where $$ y_n = {x_1 + \dots + x_n \over n}$$ Please can you tell me if my proof is correct? My proof is this: Let $\varepsilon > ...
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How to solve this : $\prod^{\infty}_{n=2} \frac{n^3-1}{n^3+1}$

How to find the sum of this : $$\prod^{\infty}_{n=2} \frac{n^3-1}{n^3+1}$$ My Working : $$\prod^{\infty}_{n=2} \frac{n^3-1}{n^3+1}= 1 - \prod^{\infty}_{n=2}\frac{2}{n^3+1} = 1-0 = 1$$ Is it ...
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Prove that if $\sum{a_n}$ converges absolutely, then $\sum{a_n^2}$ converges absolutely

I'm trying to re-learn my undergrad math, and I'm using Stephen Abbot's Understanding Analysis. In section 2.7, he has the following exercise: Exercise 2.7.5 (a) Show that if $\sum{a_n}$ converges ...
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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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Determine if the following series are convergent or divergent?

How to determine if the following series are convergent or divergent? I'm supposed to use here the limit comparison test, but I don't know how to choose the second series. $$\sum_{k=1}^\infty \ln(1+ ...
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A log improper integral

Evaluate : $$\int_0^{\frac{\pi}{2}}\ln ^2\left(\cos ^2x\right)\text{d}x$$ I found it can be simplified to $$\int_0^{\frac{\pi}{2}}4\ln ^2\left(\cos x\right)\text{d}x$$ I found the exact value in the ...
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Limit $\lim\limits_{n\rightarrow\infty}\left({2\sqrt n}-\sum\limits_{k=1}^n\frac{1}{\sqrt k}\right)$

How to find $\displaystyle\lim_{n\rightarrow\infty}\left({2\sqrt n}-\sum_{k=1}^n\frac{1}{\sqrt k}\right)$ ? And generally does the limit of the integral of f(x) minus the sum of f(x) exist? How to ...
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Do these series converge to logarithms?

It is well known that $$1-\frac{1}{2}+\frac{1}{3}-\frac{1}{4}+\frac{1}{5}... =\log(2).$$ If we consider the array: $T(n,k) = -(n-1)\; \text{ if }\; n|k, \;\text{ else } \;1,$ Starting: ...
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Find $\lim\limits_{n \to \infty} \frac{1}{n}\sum\limits^{2n}_{r =1} \frac{r}{\sqrt{n^2+r^2}}$

Find $$\lim_{n \to \infty} \frac{1}{n}\sum^{2n}_{r =1} \frac{r}{\sqrt{n^2+r^2}}$$ My approach : $$\lim_{n \to \infty} \frac{1}{n}\sum^{2n}_{r =1} \frac{r}{\sqrt{n^2+r^2}} =\lim_{n \to \infty} ...
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Are there any series whose convergence is unknown?

Are there any infinite series about which we don't know whether it converges or not? Or are the convergence tests exhaustive, so that in the hands of a competent mathematician any series will ...
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A sum containing harmonic numbers $\sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac{H_n}{n^3\,2^n}$

I'm trying to find a closed form for the following sum $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac{H_n}{n^3\,2^n},$$ where $H_n=\displaystyle\sum_{k=1}^n\frac{1}{k}$ is a harmonic number. Could you help me with it?
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Definition of convergence of a nested radical $\sqrt{a_1 + \sqrt{a_2 + \sqrt{a_3 + \sqrt{a_4+\cdots}}}}$?

In my answer to the recent question Nested Square Roots, @GEdgar correctly raised the issue that the proof is incomplete unless I show that the intermediate expressions do converge to a (finite) ...
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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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How come such different methods result in the same number, $e$?

I guess the proof of the identity $$ \sum_{n = 0}^{\infty} \frac{1}{n!} \equiv \lim_{x \to \infty} \left(1 + \frac{1}{x}\right)^x $$ explains the connection between such different calculations. How ...
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Closed form for the sequence defined by $a_0=1$ and $a_{n+1} = a_n + a_n^{-1}$

Today, we had a math class, where we had to show, that $a_{100} > 14$ for $$a_0 = 1;\qquad a_{n+1} = a_n + a_n^{-1}$$ Apart from this task, I asked myself: Is there a closed form for this ...
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Is the $\sum\sin(n)/n$ convergent or divergent? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Proving that the sequence $F_{n}(x)=\sum\limits_{k=1}^{n} \frac{\sin{kx}}{k}$ is boundedly convergent on $\mathbb{R}$ So, in my calculus class (one I'm teaching, not ...
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Existence of a limit associated to an almost subadditive sequence

I want to prove that a sequence lives in a specific interval; I did prove that lives in a bigger interval, but not in the one I want. Let $ a_n $ a sequence such that for any n,m $$a_n + a_m -1 ...
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Properties of $\liminf$ and $\limsup$ of sum of sequences

Let $\{s_n\}$ and $\{t_n\}$ be sequences. I've noticed this inequality in a few analysis textbooks that I have come across, so I've started to think this can't be a typo: $\limsup\limits_{n ...
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Is there a constructive proof of this characterization of $\ell^2$?

I would like to revisit this question, which can be equivalently stated as: Proposition. Let $(a_n)$ be a sequence of real (or complex) numbers such that $\sum a_n b_n$ converges for every $(b_n) ...
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Limit of the sequence $\lim_{n\rightarrow\infty}\sqrt[n]n$ [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: $\lim_{n \to +\infty} n^{\frac{1}{n}} $ I know that $$\lim_{n\rightarrow\infty}\sqrt[n]n=1$$ and I can imagine that $n$ grows linearly while $n$th root compresses it ...
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Why does $\sum_{n = 0}^\infty \frac{n}{2^n}$ converge to 2? [duplicate]

Apparently, $$ \sum_{n = 0}^\infty \frac{n}{2^n} $$ converges to 2. I'm trying to figure out why. I've tried viewing it as a geometric series, but it's not quite a geometric series since the ...
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Show $\sum\limits_{n=0}^{\infty}{2n \choose n}x^n=(1-4x)^{-1/2}$

How do you prove that $\sum\limits_{n=0}^{\infty}{2n \choose n}x^n=(1-4x)^{-1/2}$? I tried to identify the sum as a binomial series, but the $4$ and the $-1/2$ puzzle me. (This series arises in ...