# Converge or Diverge

Using the comparison test I need to determine if the integral is convergent or divergent $$\int_1^{\infty} \frac{1}{\sqrt{x^{3} +1}}dx$$

From what i know about the comparison theorem I need to get the integral in the form of $$\frac{1}{x^{p}}$$ p > 1 (converges) p<= 1 (diverges). So as x gets larger and larger in the integral the "+1" becomes less and less relevant. so can the function be evaluated as $$\int_1^{\infty} \frac{1}{\sqrt{x^{3}}}dx$$ and even as x goes to infinity the square root would become less relevant, so can I just evaluate ? $$\int_1^{\infty} \frac{1}{x^{3}}dx$$ (it's easy to see that the function converges, but i need to use/understand the comparison theorem)

• Rather, rewrite it as $\frac1{\sqrt{x^3}}=x^{-3/2}$ and use power rule. – Simply Beautiful Art Jun 7 '17 at 15:16
• – Jack D'Aurizio Jun 7 '17 at 18:46

You are almost right, but you can formalize your argument.

The comparison test can be used this way:

$$\frac 1{\sqrt{x^3+1}}\leqslant \frac 1{\sqrt{x^3}}=\frac 1{x^{3/2}}.$$

And you know that

$$\int_1^\infty \frac 1{x^p}\mathrm d x$$

converges if, and only if, $p>1$.

Since $\frac 32>1$, you can conclude that this integral converges.

$$\int\frac{dx}{\sqrt{x^3+1}} \leq \int\frac{dx}{x^\frac{3}{2}}$$

Edit: You can't just "ignore" the square root. For example if you had $$\int \frac{dx}{\sqrt{x^p}}$$

for $1<p<2$. Then this integral doesn't converge. However, the integral converges if you "ignore" the squre root.