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    how to prove the Abel's test for uniform convergence?

    The Abel's test for uniform convergence states: Assume \sum f_n(x) converges uniformly on E. A uniformly bounded sequence of functions \{g_n(x)\} satisfies g_{n+1}(x)\leq g_n(x) for all n and x in E. Then \sum f_n(x)g_n(x) converges uniformly.
    My tentative proof is as follows:
    Let s_n(x)=\sum\limits_{k = 1}^n f_k(x)g_k(x), F_n(x)=\sum\limits_{k = 1}^n f_k(x), x\in E. By the partial summation formula, we have s_n(x)=F_n(x)g_1(x)+\sum\limits_{k = 1}^n (F_n(x)-F_k(x))(g_{k+1}(x)-g_k(x)). So if n>m we can get s_n(x)-s_m(x)=(F_n(x)-F_m(x))g_1(x)+\sum\limits_{k = m+1}^n (F_n(x)-F_k(x))(g_{k+1}(x)-g_k(x)). If the uniform bound for \{g_n(x)\} is M, the absolute value of the above difference satisfies |s_n(x)-s_m(x)|\leq M|F_n(x)-F_m(x)|+2M\sum\limits_{k = m+1}^n |F_n(x)-F_k(x)|. From the fact that \sum f_n(x) converges uniformly, for any given \epsilon>0, there is an N such that for all m,n>N we have |F_n(x)-F_m(x)|<\epsilon. So the right side of the above inequality \leq [1+2(n-m)]M\epsilon. But the variable (n-m) makes the Cauchy condition inapplicable. Can you tell me how to proceed, or is there any other better proof? Thanks!
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    the absolute difference should go as follows:
    For N<m<n, |s_n(x)-s_m(x)|\leq M|F_n(x)-F_m(x)|+ \sum\limits_{k = m+1}^n |F_n(x)-F_k(x)|[g_k(x)-g_{k+1}(x)]\leq \epsilon(M+\sum\limits_{k = m+1}^n [g_k(x)-g_{k+1}(x)]) =\epsilon(M+g_{m+1}(x)-g_{n+1}(x))\leq 3M\epsilon. Now the Cauchy condition can be applied.
    Another proof can be found in K. Knopp's "Theory and application of infinite series", P346-347. This proof is more complicated than the above one.
    Last edited by zzzhhh; January 27th 2010 at 02:03 PM.
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