# How can I solve this limit involving $1/\sqrt{n^2+2n}$?

I have this limit but I cant solve it. I think that it is possible to solve with Stolz, but I can't see how.

$$\lim_{n\to\infty}\left[\frac{1}{\sqrt{n²+2}}+\frac{1}{\sqrt{n²+4}}+\frac{1}{\sqrt{n²+6}} + \dots + \frac{1}{\sqrt{n²+2n}}\right]$$

Any ideas?

• Perhaps consider a Riemann sum?
– user9464
Nov 5, 2016 at 15:04
• Either you forgot the term $\frac{1}{\sqrt{n^2+6}}$ or $2n$ should be $2^n$... Nov 5, 2016 at 15:08

See that

$${n\over\sqrt{n^2+2n}}\le \frac{1}{\sqrt{n²+2}}+\frac{1}{\sqrt{n²+4}}+\frac{1}{\sqrt{n²+6}} + \dots + \frac{1}{\sqrt{n²+2n}} \le {n\over\sqrt{n^2+2}}$$

And the limits of both ${n\over\sqrt{n^2+2n}}$ and ${n\over\sqrt{n^2+2}}$ is $1$.

Therefore your limit is $1$.

• and why $\frac{n}{sqrt(n²+2n)} >=sumofall$? Nov 5, 2016 at 15:10
• You can also use $n^2\le n^2+2k\le (n+1)^2$, so your sum is between $\frac{n}{n+1}$ and $\frac{n}{n}$... Nov 5, 2016 at 15:13
• @eslop It isn't, it is less than the sum of all because all terms are greater than the first one, and there are $n$ terms Nov 5, 2016 at 15:16
• @EricTowers Yes but $n\times \text{[smallest term]} \le \text{[sum of all terms]} \le n\times \text{[greatest term]}$ Nov 5, 2016 at 15:25

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