# converging sequence?

• Jan 29th 2009, 02:15 PM
rcmango
converging sequence?
The sequence is defined by A1 = 1

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for n >= 1 is decreasing.

and positive for all n.

need to show it converges.

this is a sequence, not a series.

So i'm confused as to what test i use?

thanks.
• Jan 29th 2009, 03:23 PM
Mush
Quote:

Originally Posted by rcmango
The sequence is defined by A1 = 1

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for n >= 1 is decreasing.

and positive for all n.

need to show it converges.

this is a sequence, not a series.

So i'm confused as to what test i use?

thanks.

$\displaystyle \sum_{i = 2}^{\infty} \frac{1}{i(i+2)}$ converges, if:

$\int_2^{\infty} \frac{dx}{x(x+2)}$ has a finite value.
• Jan 29th 2009, 03:46 PM
Plato
Think collapsing sums!
$\sum\limits_{k = 2}^\infty {\frac{1}
{{k\left( {k + 2} \right)}}} = \frac{1}
{2}\sum\limits_{k = 2}^\infty {\left[ {\frac{1}
{k} - \frac{1}
{{k + 2}}} \right]} \to \frac{5}
{{12}}$