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    Question convergence of series with x^n in denominsator

    Test for convergence of the series \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{\sqrt{n}}{x^n\sqrt{n^2+1}} when x>0

    I am confused, since 'x' is in the denominator. Otherwise it could be treated as a general power series
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    Use the quotient test, You'll obtain that for x>1 the series is convergent if x>1 and divergent if 0<x<1 . For x=1 is divergent (compare for example with \sum_{n\geq 1} 1/n^{1/2} ).


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    If you were to let z= 1/x, it would be a power series:
    \displaytype \sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{\sqrt{n}}{\sqrt{n^2+1}}z^n
    determine its interval of convergence and use that to determine for what values of x the original series converges (it son't be an "interval").
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    For z=1/x, the series diverges for (-1,1), so for x, the series will converge for x<-1(ignore this, since x>0) and x>1. Thanks to HallsofIvy. Also at x=1, the convergence can be tested using comparison test. Thanks to FernandoRevilla.
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    Of course, the ratio test can be used here...

    \displaystyle \lim_{n \to \infty}\frac{a_{n+1}}{a_n} = \lim_{n \to \infty}\frac{\frac{\sqrt{n+1}}{x^{n+1}\sqrt{(n+1)^  2+1}}}{\frac{\sqrt{n}}{x^n\sqrt{n^2+1}}}

    \displaystyle = \lim_{n \to \infty}\frac{x^n\sqrt{n^2+1}\sqrt{n+1}}{x^{n+1}\sq  rt{n^2 + 2n + 2}\sqrt{n}}

    \displaystyle = \frac{1}{x}\lim_{n \to \infty}\sqrt{\frac{(n^2+1)(n+1)}{n(n^2+2n+2)}}

    \displaystyle = \frac{1}{x}\lim_{n \to \infty}\sqrt{\frac{n^3+n^2+n+1}{n^3 + 2n^2 +2n}}

    \displaystyle = \frac{1}{x}\lim_{n \to \infty}\sqrt{\frac{1 + \frac{1}{n} + \frac{1}{n^2} + \frac{1}{n^3}}{1 + \frac{2}{n} + \frac{2}{n^2}}}

    \displaystyle = \frac{1}{x}\cdot 1

    \displaystyle = \frac{1}{x}.


    The series converges when this limit is \displaystyle <1. So we need to evaluate the values of \displaystyle x for which this ratio is \displaystyle <1, and since \displaystyle x > 0...

    \displaystyle \frac{1}{x} < 1

    \displaystyle 1 < x.


    So the series is convergent when \displaystyle x > 1.

    Since the ratio test fails when the limit is \displaystyle 1, you need to substitute \displaystyle x=1 into the original series and test the convergence of the series for that value.
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