# Thread: Limit of factorial in Alternating Series

1. ## Limit of factorial in Alternating Series

I need to find out if the Alternating Series is convergent or divergent by the Alternating Series Test.

One condition is to check if the limit is zero.
I have problems finding the limit, since I have a term (2k-1)! in the denominator and I do not know how to handle this...

$
\Sigma^{\infty}_{k = 1} (-1)^{k-1}\frac{k!}{(2k-1)!}
$

$
\lim_{k \to \infty}\frac{k!}{(2k-1)!}
$

How can I write the fraction, so that things cancel out?

$
\frac{k!}{(2k-1)!} = ?
$

For the following example I was able to write one term:

$
\frac{k!}{(k+1)!} = \frac{k (k-1)(k-2)(k-3)(k-4) ... (2)(1)}{(k+1)(k)(k-1)(k-2)(k-3)(k-4)....(2)(1)} = \frac{1}{k+1}
$

Can someone please let me know how to do this with

$
\frac{k!}{(2k-1)!}
$

Thanks!

2. Originally Posted by DBA
I need to find out if the Alternating Series is convergent or divergent by the Alternating Series Test.

One condition is to check if the limit is zero.
I have problems finding the limit, since I have a term (2k-1)! in the denominator and I do not know how to handle this...

$
\Sigma^{\infty}_{k = 1} (-1)^{k-1}\frac{k!}{(2k-1)!}
$

$
\lim_{k \to \infty}\frac{k!}{(2k-1)!}
$

How can I write the fraction, so that things cancel out?

$
\frac{k!}{(2k-1)!} = ?
$

For the following example I was able to write one term:

$
\frac{k!}{(k+1)!} = \frac{k (k-1)(k-2)(k-3)(k-4) ... (2)(1)}{(k+1)(k)(k-1)(k-2)(k-3)(k-4)....(2)(1)} = \frac{1}{k+1}
$

Can someone please let me know how to do this with

$
\frac{k!}{(2k-1)!}
$

Thanks!
You can do the same here and get $\frac{k!}{(2k-1)!}=\frac{1}{(k+1)(k+2)\cdots(2k-1)}$ as soon as $k\leq 2k-1$, i.e. $k\geq 1$.