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Unformatted text preview: 8.2  Infinite Series Defn. Infinite Series An infinite series is an infinite sum of a sequence of real numbers. a n = s n = Examples 1. X n =1 n 2. X n =1 1 n 3 1 Defn. Series Convergence or Divergence An infinite series converges and has sum s if the sequence of partial sums { s n } converges to s . If { s n } diverges, then the series diverges . To determine convergence or divergence of a series, we look at specific kinds of series and we also will learn several tests that can be used. Lets start with two kinds of series: Geometric Series and Telescoping Series. Geometric Series Defn. Geometric Series A geometric series has the form where a and r are real numbers, a 6 = 0. 2 Examples of Geometric Series 1. 2 + 4 + 8 + 16 + + 2 n + 2. X n =1 ( 1) n 5 4 n Lets determine the partial sums of geometric series and how to tell if they converge or diverge. To do so, well look at 3 cases for the value of r ....
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This note was uploaded on 03/03/2010 for the course MATH 2224 taught by Professor Mecothren during the Spring '03 term at Virginia Tech.
 Spring '03
 MECothren
 Real Numbers, Multivariable Calculus

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