# Math Help - determining whether a series converges absolutely

1. ## determining whether a series converges absolutely

Determine whether the series (-1)k-11/3k2+2k+1 converges absolutely, converges conditionally, or diverges. (and the summation goes to infinity and starts at k=1).

2. ## Re: determining whether a series converges absolutely

Since

$\left\lvert (-1)^{k-1}\frac{1}{3k^2+2k+1} \right\rvert = \frac{1}{3k^2+2k+1}< \frac{1}{3k^2}$

you can use the comparison test, right?

3. ## Re: determining whether a series converges absolutely

Yes, and obviously it converges. So it would converge absolutely?

4. ## Re: determining whether a series converges absolutely

The series of absolute values converges, so the original series converges absolutely.

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