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Convergence/Divergence of infinite series $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{(\sin(n)+2)^n}{n3^n}$

$$ \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{(\sin(n)+2)^n}{n3^n}$$ Does it converge or diverge? Can we have a rigorous proof that is not probabilistic? For reference, this question is supposedly a mix of real ...
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Convergence of the sequence $\sqrt{1+2\sqrt{1}},\sqrt{1+2\sqrt{1+3\sqrt{1}}},\sqrt{1+2\sqrt{1+3\sqrt{1+4\sqrt{1}}}},\cdots$

I recently came across this problem Q1 Show that $\lim\limits_{n \rightarrow \infty} \underbrace{{\sqrt{1+2\sqrt{1+3\sqrt{1+4\sqrt{1+\cdots+n\sqrt{1}}}}}}}_{n \textrm{ times }} = 3$ After ...
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Infinite Series $\sum_{n=0}^\infty\frac{(-1)^n}{(2n+1)^{2m+1}}=\frac{(-1)^m E_{2m}\pi^{2m+1}}{4^{m+1}(2m)!}$

I'm looking for a way to prove $$\sum_{n=0}^\infty\frac{(-1)^n}{(2n+1)^{2m+1}}=\frac{(-1)^m E_{2m}\pi^{2m+1}}{4^{m+1}(2m)!}$$ Since $$\sum_{n=0}^\infty\frac{(-1)^n}{(2n+1)^{2m+1}}=\frac{1}{4^{2m+1}}\...
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For an irrational number $a$ the fractional part of $na$ for $n\in\mathbb N$ is dense in $[0,1]$ [duplicate]

How to prove that the $\{$ fractional part of $n\alpha\mid n \in \mathbb{N}$ $\}$ is dense in $[0,1]$ for an irrational number $\alpha$. NOTICE that $n$ is in $\mathbb{N}$ Also notice that this is ...
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The sum of $(-1)^n \frac{\ln n}{n}$

I'm stuck trying to show that $$\sum_{n=2}^{\infty} (-1)^n \frac{\ln n}{n}=\gamma \ln 2- \frac{1}{2}(\ln 2)^2$$ This is a problem in Calculus by Simmons. It's in the end of chapter review and it's ...
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Nested Radical of Ramanujan

I think I have sort of a proof of the following nested radical expression due to Ramanujan for $x\ge 0$. $$\large x+1=\sqrt{1+x\sqrt{1+(x+1)\sqrt{1+(x+2)\sqrt{1+\cdots}}}}$$ for $ x\ge -1$ I ...
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How to prove the Fibonacci sum $\sum \limits_{n=0}^{\infty}\frac{F_n}{p^n} = \frac{p}{p^2-p-1}$

We are familiar with the nifty fact that given the Fibonacci series $F_n = 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8,\dots$ then $0.0112358\dots\approx 1/89$. In fact, $$\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}\frac{F_n}{10^n} = \frac{10}{89}$...
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How to prove by arithmetical means that $\sum\limits_{k=1}^\infty \frac{((k-1)!)^2}{(2k)!} =\frac{1}{3}\sum\limits_{k=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{k^{2}}$

I've been trying to prove, by arithmetical means, that $$\sum_{k=1}^\infty \frac{((k-1)!)^2}{(2k)!} =\frac{1}{3}\sum_{k=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{k^{2}}$$ without success. When I say "by arithmetical ...
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Prove $\lim_{x \rightarrow 0} \frac {\sin(x)}{x} = 1$ with the epsilon-delta definition of limit.

It is well known that $$\lim_{x \rightarrow 0} \frac {\sin(x)}{x} = 1$$ I know several proofs of this: the geometric proof shows that $\cos(\theta)\leq\frac {\sin(\theta)}{\theta}\leq1$ and using ...
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Definite integral, quotient of logarithm and polynomial

I was thinking this integral : $$I(\lambda)=\int_0^{\infty}\frac{\ln ^2x}{x^2+\lambda x+\lambda ^2}\text{d}x$$ What I do is use a Reciprocal subsitution, easy to show that: $$I(\lambda)=\int_0^{\infty}...
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How can I prove my conjecture for the coefficients in $t(x)=\log(1+\exp(x)) $?

I'm considering the transfer-function $$ t(x) = \log(1 + \exp(x)) $$ and find the beginning of the power series (simply using Pari/GP) as $$ t(x) = \log(2) + 1/2 x + 1/8 x^2 – 1/192 x^4 + 1/2880 x^6 - ...
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Series $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{\cos(nx)}{n^2}$

Is it true that for $x\in[0,2\pi]$ we have $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{\cos(nx)}{n^2}=\frac{x^2}{4}-\frac{\pi x}{2}+\frac{\pi^2}{6}$$ How can I prove it? For other intervals what is the value of above ...
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Existence of a sequence of continuous functions convergent pointwise to the indicator function of irrational numbers

Prove that there does not exist a sequence of continuous functions $ f_n :\left[ {0,1} \right] \to R $ such that converges pointwise, to the function $$f(x)= \begin{cases} 0 & \text{if $x$ ...
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Closed form of a partial sum of the power series of exp(x)

I am looking for a closed form (ideally expressed as elementary functions) of the function $\exp_n(x) = \sum_{k=0}^n x^k / k!$. I am already aware of expressing it in terms of the gamma function. ...
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Find the sum : $\frac{1}{\cos0^\circ\cos1^\circ}+\frac{1}{\cos1^\circ \cos2^\circ} +\frac{1}{\cos2^\circ \cos3^\circ}+…+$

Find the sum of the following : (i) $$\frac{1}{\cos0^\circ \cos1^\circ}+\frac{1}{\cos1^\circ\cos2^\circ} +\frac{1}{\cos2^\circ \cos3^\circ}+......+\frac{1}{\cos88^\circ \cos89^\circ}$$ I tried : $$...
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Calculate the sum of the infinite series $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac{n}{4^n}$

A previous problem had us solving $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac{1}{4^n}$ which I calculated to be $\frac{4}{3}$ using a bit of mathematical manipulation. Wonderful. Thank you for all the prompt ...
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What is the sum of $\sum\limits_{i=1}^{n}ip^i$?

What is the sum of $\sum\limits_{i=1}^{n}ip^i$ and does it matter, for finite n, if $|p|>1$ or $|p|<1$ ? Edition : Why can I integrate take sum and then take the derivative ? I think that ...
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A series converges absolutely if and only if every subseries converges

Question: A subseries of the series $\sum _{n=1}^\infty a_n$ is defined to be a series of the form $\sum _{n=1}^\infty a_{n_k}$, for $n_k \subseteq \Bbb N$. Prove that $\sum _{n=1}^\infty a_n$ ...
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Proof of the formula $1+x+x^2+x^3+ \cdots +x^n =\frac{x^{n+1}-1}{x-1}$ [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Value of $\sum x^n$ Proof to the formula $$1+x+x^2+x^3+\cdots+x^n = \frac{x^{n+1}-1}{x-1}.$$
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Summation equation for $2^{x-1}$

Since everyone freaked out, I made the variables are the same. $$ \sum_{x=1}^{n} 2^{x-1} $$ I've been trying to find this for a while. I tried the usually geometric equation (Here) but I couldn't get ...
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How to sum this series for $\pi/2$ directly?

The sum of the series $$ \frac{\pi}{2}=\sum_{k=0}^\infty\frac{k!}{(2k+1)!!}\tag{1} $$ can be derived by accelerating the Gregory Series $$ \frac{\pi}{4}=\sum_{k=0}^\infty\frac{(-1)^k}{2k+1}\tag{2} ...
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Infinite Series $‎\sum_{n=2}^{\infty}\frac{\zeta(n)}{k^n}$

‎If $f\left(z \right)=\sum_{n=2}^{\infty}a_{n}z^n$ and $\sum_{n=2}^{\infty}|a_n|$ converges then‎, $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}f\left(\frac{1}{n}\right)=\sum_{n=2}^{\infty}a_n\zeta\left(n\right)‎.$$ ‎Since ...
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What is the fastest/most efficient algorithm for estimating Euler's Constant $\gamma$?

What is the fastest algorithm for estimating Euler's Constant $\gamma \approx0.57721$? Using the definition: $$\lim_{n\to\infty} \sum_{x=1}^{n}\frac{1}{x}-\log n=\gamma$$ I finally get $2$ decimal ...
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Prove the convergence/divergence of $\sum \limits_{k=1}^{\infty} \frac{\tan(k)}{k}$

Can be easily proved that the following series onverges/diverges? $$\sum_{k=1}^{\infty} \frac{\tan(k)}{k}$$ I'd really appreciate your support on this problem. I'm looking for some easy proof here. ...
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Trying to prove that $\sum_{j=2}^\infty \prod_{k=1}^j \frac{2 k}{j+k-1} = \pi$

How could one prove that: $$\sum_{j=2}^\infty \prod_{k=1}^j \frac{2 k}{j+k-1} = \pi$$ This is about as far as I got: $$\prod_{k=1}^j \frac{2 k}{j+k-1} = \frac{2^j j!}{(j)_j} \implies$$ $$\sum_{j=2}^\...
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What's the value of $\sum\limits_{k=1}^{\infty}\frac{k^2}{k!}$?

For some series, it is easy to say whether it is convergent or not by the "convergence test", e.g., ratio test. However, it is nontrivial to calculate the value of the sum when the series converges. ...
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Evaluating $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{n}{e^{2 \pi n}-1}$ using the inverse Mellin transform

Inspired by this post, I'm trying to evaluate $\displaystyle \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{n}{e^{2 \pi n}-1} = \frac{1}{24} - \frac{1}{8 \pi}$ using the inverse Mellin transform. But my answer is twice ...
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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} \frac1{...
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Sufficient condition for convergence of a real sequence

Let $(x_n)$ be a sequence of real numbers. Prove that if there exists $x$ such that every subsequence $(x_{n_k})$ of $(x_n)$ has a convergent (sub-)subsequence $(x_{n_{k_l}})$ to $x$, then the ...
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An Infinite Double Summation?

While Solving some integral problem, I encountered the following infinite series: $$\displaystyle \sum_{k=1}^{\infty} \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{n^2k^2(n+k)^2}$$ I have tried many methods ...
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Divergent series and $p$-adics

If we naïvely apply the formula $$\sum_0^\infty a^i = {1\over 1-a}$$ when $a=2$, we get the silly-seeming claim that $1+2+4+\ldots = -1$. But in the 2-adic integers, this formula is correct. Surely ...
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How to prove that $ \sum_{n \in \mathbb{N} } | \frac{\sin( n)}{n} | $ diverges?

It is stated as a problem in Spivak's Calculus and I can't wrap my head around it.
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is a net stronger than a transfinite sequence for characterizing topology?

For metric spaces, knowledge of the convergence of sequences determines the topology completely. A set is closed in the metric topology if and only if it is closed under the limit of convergent ...
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How to explain the formula for the sum of a geometric series without calculus?

How to explain to a middle-school student the notion of a geometric series without any calculus (i.e. limits)? For example I want to convince my student that $$1 + \frac{1}{4} + \frac{1}{4^2} + \...
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Does $\sum \limits_{n=1}^\infty\frac{\sin n}{n}(1+\frac{1}{2}+\cdots+\frac{1}{n})$ converge (absolutely)?

I've had no luck with this one. None of the convergence tests pop into mind. I tried looking at it in this form $\sum \sin n\frac{1+\frac{1}{2}+\cdots+\frac{1}{n}}{n}$ and apply Dirichlets test. I ...
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Summing the series $(-1)^k \frac{(2k)!!}{(2k+1)!!} a^{2k+1}$

How does one sum the series $$ S = a -\frac{2}{3}a^{3} + \frac{2 \cdot 4}{3 \cdot 5} a^{5} - \frac{ 2 \cdot 4 \cdot 6}{ 3 \cdot 5 \cdot 7}a^{7} + \cdots $$ This was asked to me by a high school ...
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Closed-form expression for $\sum_{k=0}^n\binom{n}kk^p$ for integers $n,\,p$

Is there a closed-form expression for the sum $\sum_{k=0}^n\binom{n}kk^p$ given positive integers $n,\,p$? Earlier I thought of this series but failed to figure out a closed-form expression in $n,\,p$ ...
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Exploring $ \sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{n^p}{n!} = B_pe$, particularly $p = 2$.

I was exploring the fact that $$ \sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{n^p}{n!} = B_pe,$$ where $B_n$ is the $n$th Bell number. I found this result by exploring the series on wolframalpha and looking up the ...
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Fly and Two Trains Riddle

Two trains travel on the same track towards each other, each going at a speed of 50 kph. They start out 100km apart. A fly starts at the front of one train and flies at 75 kph to the front of the ...
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How does the sum of the series “$1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6\ldots$” to infinity = “$-1/12$”? [duplicate]

(I was requested to edit the question to explain why it is different that a proposed duplicate question. This seems counterproductive to do here, inside the question it self, but that is what I have ...
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If $\sum a_nb_n$ converges for each null sequence $(b_n)$ then $\sum a_n$ is absolutely convergent

A friend of mine gave me the following problem recently: Let $(a_n)$ be a sequence of real numbers. Suppose that $\sum_{n=1}^\infty a_nb_n$ converges for any sequence $(b_n)$ such that $\lim\...
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Generalizing $\sum \limits_{n=1}^{\infty }n^{2}/x^{n}$ to $\sum \limits_{n=1}^{\infty }n^{p}/x^{n}$

For computing the present worth of an infinite sequence of equally spaced payments $(n^{2})$ I had the need to evaluate $$\displaystyle\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{n^{2}}{x^{n}}=\dfrac{x(x+1)}{(x-1)^{3}}\...
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How to find $\zeta(0)=\frac{-1}{2}$ by definition?

I would like to know how we can find the following result: $$\zeta(0)=-\frac12$$ Is there a way, using the definition, $$\zeta(s)=\sum_{i=1}^{\infty}i^{-s}$$ to find this?
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If a sequence satisfies $\lim\limits_{n\to\infty}|a_{n+1} - a_n|=0$ then the set of its limit points is connected

Prove that if a sequence satisfies $\lim\limits_{n\to\infty}|a_{n+1} - a_n|=0$ then the set of its limit points is connected. My professor once mentioned a proposition likewise but I cannot find the ...
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Proving Cauchy condensation test

I have to prove the condensation test of Cauchy by tomorrow and I am really unconfident about what I did: $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty a_n\text{ converges } \iff \sum_{n=1}^\infty 2^n a_{2^n}\text{ converges}$...
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arithmetic mean of a sequence converges

We had a theorem that the means of a sequence also converges: Let $(a_n)_{n\in\mathbb N}$ be a convergent sequence. Then $\displaystyle \overline a_n=\sum_{k=1}^n \frac{a_k}n$ also converges. I'...
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Does $\sum _{k=2} ^\infty \frac{(-1)^k}{\sqrt{k}+(-1)^k}$ converge conditionally?

Discuss the convergence of the sum: $$\sum _{k=2} ^\infty \frac{(-1)^k}{\sqrt{k}+(-1)^k}.$$ My answer so far: It does not converge absolutely since $$\left | \frac{(-1)^k}{\sqrt{k}+(-1)^k} \right ...
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Sequence sum question: $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}nk^n$ [duplicate]

I am very confused about how to compute $$\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}nk^n.$$ Can anybody help me?
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Bernoulli's representation of Euler's number, i.e $e=\lim \limits_{x\to \infty} \left(1+\frac{1}{x}\right)^x $ [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Finding the limit of $n/\sqrt[n]{n!}$ How come such different methods result in the same number, $e$? I've seen this formula several thousand times: $$e=\lim_{x\to \...
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Summation involving a factorial: $1 + \sum_{j=1}^{n} j!j$ [duplicate]

$$1 + \sum_{j=1}^{n} j!j$$ I want to find a formula for the above and then prove it by induction. The answer according to Wolfram is $(n+1)!-1$, however I have no idea how to get there. Any hints or ...