# Does the series $\sum\limits_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{\ln(\sqrt{n})}{n}$ converge or diverge?

How to determine does this series converge or diverge? I have tried d'Alembert's ratio test but in the limit I get $1$. I suppose I should compare it with some other series, but I can't figure out with which one to compare to.

$$\sum\limits_{n=1}^{\infty}\dfrac{\ln(\sqrt{n})}{n}$$

• Compare with $\sum \frac{1}{n}$.
– OR.
Mar 28, 2014 at 9:30

It diverges:

$\sum\limits_{n=1}^{\infty}\dfrac{\ln(\sqrt{n})}{n} = \sum\limits_{n=1}^{\infty}\dfrac{\ln(n^{\frac{1}{2}})}{n} = \sum\limits_{n=1}^{\infty}\dfrac{\frac{1}{2}\ln(n)}{n} = \frac{1}{2}\sum\limits_{n=1}^{\infty}\dfrac{\ln(n)}{n}\geq \frac{1}{2}\sum\limits_{n=1}^{\infty}\dfrac{1}{n} = \infty$

Hint

$$\frac{\ln\left(\sqrt n\right)}{n}\ge \frac1n\quad\text{for n large enough}$$

• To me that isn't obvious right away. How could I prove that if I had to use it in a test?
– Nick
Mar 28, 2014 at 9:40
• $\sqrt{n} \rightarrow +\infty$ therefore when you compose by $\ln$ it goes to infinity as well. Alternatively, $ln(\sqrt{n})>1 \Leftrightarrow n > \exp{2}$
– T_O
Mar 28, 2014 at 9:57