# Thread: Find the values of x for which the series converges, find the sum of those values.

1. ## Find the values of x for which the series converges, find the sum of those values.

Hi,

Here's the question,

"Find the values of x for which the series converges. Find the sum of the series for those values of x.
summation(n=0,inf) [(x+3)^n]/2^n"

I wasn't really sure how to approach it. I realized that it can become a convergent geometric series if |x+3| < 2, because that would make the absolute value of the r value less than 1.

Taking this into account, I am proposing that -5< x < -1

I am pretty sure am I right up to this point after looking around online, but I am confused about the second part. I thought maybe you could find the infinite sum when x is -5 and when x is -1 and then subtract the first value from the second value. Is this the correct way to go about it? I got 8/21 as an answer.

Thanks

2. ## Re: Find the values of x for which the series converges, find the sum of those values

Originally Posted by Coop
Hi,

Here's the question,

"Find the values of x for which the series converges. Find the sum of the series for those values of x.
summation(n=0,inf) [(x+3)^n]/2^n"
So $\sum_{n=0}^\infty \left(\frac{x+ 3}{2}\right)^n$

I wasn't really sure how to approach it. I realized that it can become a convergent geometric series of |x+3| < 2, because that would make the absolute value of the r value = 1.
Yes, that is a geometric sequence with "common ratio" $\frac{x+ 3}{2}$ which must be between -1 and 1 in order that it converge absolutely.

Taking this into account, I am proposing that -5< x < -1
Okay, $-1< \frac{x+ 3}{2}< 1$ so that -2< x+ 3< 2, -5< x< -1.

I am pretty sure am I right up to this point after looking around online, but I am confused about the second part. I thought maybe you could find the infinite sum when x is -5 and when x is -1 and then subtract the first value from the second value. Is this the correct way to go about it? I got 8/21 as an answer.

Thanks
I am afraid you have completely misunderstood this part of the question. It is asking for the sum as a function of x, not a difference between two values. You have correctly identified it as a geometric sequence, $\sum_{n=0}^n ar^n$, with common ratio $r= \frac{x+3}{2}$ and first term a= 1. Now, recall that the sum of such a geometric series is $\frac{a}{1- r}$.

3. ## Re: Find the values of x for which the series converges, find the sum of those values

Originally Posted by HallsofIvy
I am afraid you have completely misunderstood this part of the question. It is asking for the sum as a function of x, not a difference between two values. You have correctly identified it as a geometric sequence, $\sum_{n=0}^n ar^n$, with common ratio $r= \frac{x+3}{2}$ and first term a= 1. Now, recall that the sum of such a geometric series is $\frac{a}{1- r}$.
Isn't the "a" value whatever you have when n=1, so wouldn't "a" be (x+3)/2 and since the whole sequence is in parenthesis, that would be the "r" value as well?

4. ## Re: Find the values of x for which the series converges, find the sum of those values

No, the a value is the starting value. Your first term has n = 0, not n = 1.

5. ## Re: Find the values of x for which the series converges, find the sum of those values

Originally Posted by Prove It
No, the a value is the starting value. Your first term has n = 0, not n = 1.
Oh of course, I forgot about the 0, thanks

6. ## Re: Find the values of x for which the series converges, find the sum of those values

Originally Posted by Prove It
No, the a value is the starting value. Your first term has n = 0, not n = 1.
So the sum = 1/(1-((x+3)/2)), that's the final answer?

7. ## Re: Find the values of x for which the series converges, find the sum of those values

Well, do the algebra now! What does that reduce to?

8. ## Re: Find the values of x for which the series converges, find the sum of those values

Originally Posted by HallsofIvy
Well, do the algebra now! What does that reduce to?
2/(x-1), right?

Thanks for the help

Try again...

10. ## Re: Find the values of x for which the series converges, find the sum of those values

Originally Posted by Prove It
Try again...

Yeah I forgot about the parenthesis :/ Anyway, thanks.

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