# Root test & Ratio test

• Mar 12th 2010, 12:00 PM
kingwinner
Root test & Ratio test
• Mar 12th 2010, 12:12 PM
Ratio test : first of all, if $\frac{a_{k+1}}{a_k} \rightarrow \infty$, then the sequence does not converge, which means the series $\sum a_k$ surely won't converge.

Same with the root test - if limsup $(a_k)^\frac{1}{k} \rightarrow \infty$, then $a_k \rightarrow \infty$, and the sequence diverges, so the series will diverge too.
• Mar 13th 2010, 04:52 PM
kingwinner
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Ratio test : first of all, if $\frac{a_{k+1}}{a_k} \rightarrow \infty$, then the sequence does not converge, which means the series $\sum a_k$ surely won't converge.
Same with the root test - if limsup $(a_k)^\frac{1}{k} \rightarrow \infty$, then $a_k \rightarrow \infty$, and the sequence diverges, so the series will diverge too.