# Thread: in relation to convergent/divergent integrals

1. ## in relation to convergent/divergent integrals

i was told that to be "convergent" an integral had to evaluate to a number

but the question says "determine if convergent or divergent; if convergent, evaluate"

so i'm just wondering..how does one determine if something is convergent WITHOUT evaluating it? is there something i'm missing?

2. Originally Posted by buttonbear
i was told that to be "convergent" an integral had to evaluate to a number

but the question says "determine if convergent or divergent; if convergent, evaluate"

so i'm just wondering..how does one determine if something is convergent WITHOUT evaluating it? is there something i'm missing?
Are we talking about integrals or series?

3. integrals