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Unformatted text preview: Calculus : Math 21C, Fall 2010 Solutions to Sample Questions: Midterm 2 1. Determine the interval of convergence (including the endpoints) for the following power series. State explicitly for what values of x the series con verges absolutely, converges conditionally, and diverges. In each case, specify the radius of convergence R and the center of the interval of convergence a . (a) n =1 ( 1) n 2 n n ( x 1) n ; (b) n =0 1 3 n + 1 x 2 n ; (c) n =0 1 n 2 5 n (2 x + 1) n . Solution. We give two different (but related) methods for finding the solution. Either one is fine. Method I. Write the power series as n =0 a n . (a) We have lim n a n +1 a n = lim n ( 1) n +1 2 n +1 ( x 1) n +1 / ( n + 1) ( 1) n 2 n ( x 1) n /n = lim n 2( x 1) n n + 1 = 2  x 1  lim n n n + 1 = 2  x 1  lim n 1 1 + 1 /n = 2  x 1  . By the ratio test, the series converges absolutely when 2  x 1  < 1 or  x 1  < 1 / 2. Therefore, a = 1 and R = 1 / 2. The series converges absolutely if 1 / 2 < x < 3 / 2 and diverges if < x < 1 / 2 or 3 / 2 < x < . 1 At the endpoint x = 3 / 2 of the interval of convergence, the series becomes n =1 ( 1) n n . This is the alternating harmonic series. It converges by the alternating series test but does not converge absolutely since the harmonic series diverges. Therefore, the series converges conditionally at x = 3 / 2. At the endpoint x = 1 / 2 of the interval of convergence, the series becomes n =1 1 n , which a harmonic series. Therefore, the series diverges at x = 1 / 2. (b) We have lim n a n +1 a n = lim n x 2( n +1) / (3 n +1 + 1) x 2 n / (3 n + 1) = lim n x 2 (3 n + 1) 3 n +1 + 1 = x 2 lim n 3 n + 1 3 n +1 + 1 = x 2 lim n 1 + 1 / 3 n 3 + 1 / 3 n = x 2 3 . By the ratio test, the series converges absolutely when x 2 3 < 1 or  x  < 3. Therefore, a = 0 and R = 3. The series converges absolutely if  x  < 3 and diverges if  x  > 3. 2 At the endpoints x = 3 of the interval of convergence, the series becomes n =0 3 n 3 n + 1 . Since lim n 3 n 3 n + 1 = 1 , this series diverges by the n th term test. (c) We have lim n a n +1 a n = lim n (2 x + 1) n +1 / [( n + 1) 2 5 n +1 ] (2 x + 1) n / [ n 2 5 n ] = lim n (2 x + 1) n 2 5( n + 1) 2 =  2 x + 1  5 lim n n 2 ( n + 1) 2 =  2 x + 1  5 lim n 1 (1 + 1 /n ) 2 =  2 x + 1  5 . By the ratio test, the series converges absolutely when  2 x + 1  5 < 1 or  x + 1 / 2  < 5 / 2. Therefore, a = 1 / 2 and R = 5 / 2. The series converges absolutely if 3 < x < 2 and diverges if < x < 3 or 2 < x < ....
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