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    Estimating Series....

    1)If I have something like sum (j=1 to inf) 1/j and want to estimate the first 10^10 terms, how would I do that?


    2) How large does N have to be so sum (n=1 to N)1/n^5 is within 10^-6 of sum (n =1 to inf) 1/n^5

    I just set integrated 1/n^5 from 1 to N and set it to 10^-6 and solved for N. Is this right?
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    That is, of course, the harmonic series, that diverges. The sum, after n terms, can be approximated by ln(n)+ \gamma where \gamma is the "Euler-Mascheroni" constant, 0.5772156649...
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