How can I show that $\sum_{k=1}^{\infty}{\left ( \frac{1}{2} + \frac{1}{k}\right )^k}$ converges ? I really have no idea how to start.

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    $\begingroup$ For $k\geq 4$, $\frac{1}{2}+\frac{1}{k}\leq\frac{3}{4}$. Now, compare to a geometric series. $\endgroup$ – Michael Burr Feb 6 '18 at 12:36

Observe that when $k\geq 4$, we know that $\frac{1}{k}\leq\frac{1}{4}$. Therefore, $$ \left(\frac{1}{2}+\frac{1}{k}\right)\leq\frac{3}{4}. $$ Therefore, $$ \sum_{k=4}^\infty \left(\frac{1}{2}+\frac{1}{k}\right)^k\leq \sum_{k=4}^\infty\left(\frac{3}{4}\right)^k $$ The RHS is a geometric series which converges since $\frac{3}{4}<1$. Therefore, by the comparison test, the LHS converges. Adding on the first few terms doesn't change convergence.

  • $\begingroup$ Why not use $k = 3$? $\endgroup$ – Mr. Chip Feb 6 '18 at 12:39
  • $\begingroup$ @Mr.Chip No reason, I just picked a value. $\endgroup$ – Michael Burr Feb 6 '18 at 12:41
  • $\begingroup$ @DanAntonio's answer is simpler than mine, please take a look. $\endgroup$ – Michael Burr Feb 6 '18 at 12:43

Directly with the $\;n\,-$ th root test:


and thus the series converges.


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