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    Geometric progression?

    Find the sum of the terms of the G.P., a + ar + ar^2 + ...\ \infty where a is the value of x for which the function 7 + 2x\log_{e}25 - 5^{x - 1} - 5^{2 - x} has the greatest value and r is the limit \lim_{x\rightarrow 0}\int_0^x \frac{t^2}{x^2\tan(\pi + x)} dt
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    Quote Originally Posted by fardeen_gen View Post
    Find the sum of the terms of the G.P., a + ar + ar^2 + ...\ \infty where a is the value of x for which the function 7 + 2x\log_{e}25 - 5^{x - 1} - 5^{2 - x} has the greatest value and r is the limit \lim_{x\rightarrow 0}\int_0^x \frac{t^2}{x^2\tan(\pi + x)} dt
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     r = \lim_{x\rightarrow 0}\int_0^x \frac{t^2}{x^2\tan(\pi + x)} dt = \lim_{x \to 0} \frac{\frac{1}{3}x^3}{x^2\tan(\pi + x)} = \frac{1}{3} \lim_{x \to 0} \frac{x}{\tan(\pi + x)} = \frac{1}{3} by L'Hopitals rule.

    If we let y = 7 + 4x\ln 5 - 5^{x - 1} - 5^{2 - x} then using calculus we find the max is located at x = 2 giving a maximum of

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a = 8 \ln 5 + 1<br />

    Since r < 1, then the sum of the series is  S_\infty = \frac{a}{1-r} = \frac{3}{2} (8 \ln 5 + 1)
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    Answer is 3 according to the problem book. Have they taken any assumptions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by danny arrigo View Post
    First

     r = \lim_{x\rightarrow 0}\int_0^x \frac{t^2}{x^2\tan(\pi + x)} dt = \lim_{x \to 0} \frac{\frac{1}{3}x^3}{x^2\tan(\pi + x)} = \frac{1}{3} \lim_{x \to 0} \frac{x}{\tan(\pi + x)} = \frac{1}{3} by L'Hopitals rule.

    If we let y = 7 + 4x\ln 5 - 5^{x - 1} - 5^{2 - x} then using calculus we find the max is located at x = 2 giving a maximum of

     <br />
a = 8 \ln 5 + 1<br />

    Since r < 1, then the sum of the series is  S_\infty = \frac{a}{1-r} = \frac{3}{2} (8 \ln 5 + 1)
    I miss read the question, a = 2, the x value of the maximum. I originally used the actual maximum value. So

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S = \frac{a}{1-r} = \frac{2}{1 - \frac{1}{3}} = 3<br />
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