1. ## max

What does it mean in convergence/divergence proofs when you see "max(N,N1)?"

Is it that we are not sure where the N will be on the real number line so we will just say the maximum N, N1 to include every possible N, N1 on the real line?

2. Originally Posted by sfspitfire23
What does it mean in convergence/divergence proofs when you see "max(N,N1)?"

Is it that we are not sure where the N will be on the real number line so we will just say the maximum N, N1 to include every possible N, N1 on the real line?
Could you give an example of the usage? Usually it is used when you have two convergences, say for each epsilon we have $\displaystyle |x_n-x|<\epsilon \quad \forall n>N_0, \quad |y_n-y| < \epsilon \quad \forall n>N_1$.

Now to conclude that x_n+y_n converges to x+y you have
$\displaystyle |x_n+y_n-x-y|\leq |x_n-x|+|y_n-y|$
the first one on the RHS is less than epsilon if n>N_1, and the second is less than epsilon if n>N_2. To get both of them to be less than epsilon at the same time, you must take the maximum, otherwise you cannot know if both are less than epsilon.

Hope this was what you were looking for.