# How to find the nth partial sum of a series of functions?

Given $$\sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{x^2}{(1+x^2)^n}$$

I'm trying to find the nth partial sum, in order to test for convergence of the series. How would I go about doing this?

I know there are other ways of going about it but I'm trying to learn this particular one.

• It is a geometric series, "$a$" equal to $x^2$, "$r$" equal to $1/(1+x^2)$. May 12, 2014 at 19:35
• The numerator doesn't depend on $n$, so we can pull that out from the sum. What is left may look familiar. May 12, 2014 at 19:36

## 1 Answer

Hint 1: If $r\neq 1$ we have the formula $$\sum_{n=0}^{k-1}a\cdot r^n = a\frac{1-r^k}{1-r}$$ and if $r=1$ we have the formula $$\sum_{n=0}^{k-1}a\cdot r^n=a\cdot k$$ Can you prove these two formulas? Subhint: Google "geometric series".

Hint 2: The partial sums of your series can be written as $$\sum_{n=0}^{k-1}\frac{x^2}{(1+x^2)^n}=\sum_{n=0}^{k-1}x^2\cdot\left(\frac{1}{1+x^2}\right)^n$$

Can you combine these two hints to obtain a formula?

• A nicely-formatted hint. May 12, 2014 at 19:43