Using the addition formula for the sine function I have managed to reduce this to a simpler form: $$\sum \frac{\cos \frac{2n\pi }{3}}{2^{n}}$$ It is obvious here that it passes the n-th term convergence test. But what next? I have applied Cauchy's root test, this is the result: $$\lim_{x\rightarrow \infty }\sqrt[n]{\frac{\cos \frac{2n\pi }{3}}{2^{n}}}$$ For the numerator being a "constant", I have gotten that the limit is $\frac{1}{2}$, which in turn means that the series is convergent. Is my reasoning behind this correct?

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    $\begingroup$ I can't understand the downvote: the question is nicely and well redacted put. The OP shows a serious self effort and work....so what's the problem? Perhaps someone thinks the OP must be right otherwise he must be downvoted?! But then what to ask for? $\endgroup$ – Timbuc Nov 25 '14 at 14:21
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    $\begingroup$ @Timbuc: After flagging a dozen questions questions per day from people who do nothing more than cut-and-paste their homework problems, I'm happy to upvote anyone who puts in a bit of effort. $\endgroup$ – anomaly Nov 25 '14 at 14:55

Going your way:


and the series converges absolutely and thus converges.

  • $\begingroup$ Oh sure, the absolute value is what's been missing. $\endgroup$ – Shemafied Nov 25 '14 at 14:10
  • $\begingroup$ And if $n = 3,$ or and multiple of $3$, we have $\cos 2\pi = 1$. I think you want to bound the numerator to get your result. The $n$th root will still evaluate to $1$, but as written, the first equality is incorrect. $\endgroup$ – Namaste Nov 25 '14 at 14:11
  • $\begingroup$ @amWhy I guess that's what the absolute value brackets are for :) $\endgroup$ – Shemafied Nov 25 '14 at 14:14
  • $\begingroup$ @amWhy is right, and if I were applying the original test, I should be taking the lim sup of that...and the outcome is the same, of course. Thanks. $\endgroup$ – Timbuc Nov 25 '14 at 14:16
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    $\begingroup$ Absolute value signs here were assumed to make the \cos always evaluate to positive $1/2$, which is incorrect. Of course, the absolute value sign restricts $1/2 \leq |\cos(2n\pi/3)|\leq 1$. You're welcome Timbuc! $\endgroup$ – Namaste Nov 25 '14 at 14:17


Use the comparison with geometric series

$$ \frac{|\sin \frac{\left( 3-4n \right)\pi }{6}| }{2^{n}}\le\left(\frac12\right)^n$$


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