# Math Help - sequence...

1. ## sequence...

determine whether sequence is convergent or divergent

an = (square root n) - square root(n^2-1)

2. Originally Posted by twilightstr
determine whether sequence is convergent or divergent

an = (square root n) - square root(n^2-1)
Note that $\sqrt{n} - \sqrt{n^2 - 1} = \frac{(\sqrt{n} - \sqrt{n^2 - 1}) \cdot (\sqrt{n} + \sqrt{n^2 - 1})}{\sqrt{n} + \sqrt{n^2 - 1}} = \frac{n - n^2 + 1}{\sqrt{n} + \sqrt{n^2 - 1}}$ $= \frac{1 - n + \frac{1}{n}}{\frac{1}{\sqrt{n}} + \sqrt{1 - \frac{1}{n^2}}}$