$$1 + 2^x + 3^x + 4^x + ... + n^x + ...$$

I'm not sure how to approach this one? I should be able to show this with just the basic library of Calc II tests (Geometric, p-series, Divergence (nth term) test, Integral test, Direct Comparison test, Alternating Series Test, or Ratio test)

$$\sum_{n=1}^\infty n^x = \sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{n^{-x}}$$

Is this now a p-series?

Well, p-series converges when p>1.
So, I need $-x > 1$

Which means $x < -1$


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I don't know what you call a p-serie but $\sum \frac{1}{n^p}$ converges if and only if $p>1$ so $-x>1$ and finally $x<-1$

  • $\begingroup$ Ugh! I had the rule backwards. Converges if p>1. Thanks!!! $\endgroup$ – JackOfAll Mar 24 '16 at 22:19

We see that



So, this converges if $\lim_{n\to\infty}n^{x+1}$ converges, implying $x+1<0$, or $x<-1$


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