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    Sum of Two Series Proof

    Suppose \sum_{k=1}^{\infty} (a_k+b_k) converges. Then \sum_{k=1}^{\infty} a_k converges <===> \sum_{k=1}^{\infty} b_k converges.

    Should I prove this by contradiction using partial sums of the three series?
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    What’s confusing is that there is only one case to show here (even though it looks as if not). Without loss of generality, assume one of them converges. Just look at the partial sums to get the final one.

    Let s_n=\sum_{k=1}^n(a_k+b_k), r_n=\sum_{k=1}^n a_k. Suppose \lim s_n=s and \lim r_n = r. A fundamental limit property tells us that \lim(s_n-r_n)=s-r. Thus \sum_{k=1}^nb_k converges.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FailureEqualsLearn View Post
    Suppose \sum_{k=1}^{\infty} (a_k+b_k) converges. Then \sum_{k=1}^{\infty} a_k converges <===> \sum_{k=1}^{\infty} b_k converges.

    Should I prove this by contradiction using partial sums of the three series?
    Hint:

    Spoiler:
    The sum of convergent series is convergent x+(y-x)=y
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