# sequences and series of functions

• Apr 29th 2010, 03:10 PM
lavender87
sequences and series of functions
let (gn) be a sequence of functions on D such that gn+1(x)< gn(x) for all x in D. if (gn)-> 0 uniformly on D, show that Σ (-1)^n(gn) converges uniformly on D
• Apr 30th 2010, 08:33 AM
CaptainBlack
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Originally Posted by lavender87
let (gn) be a sequence of functions on D such that gn+1(x)< gn(x) for all x in D. if (gn)-> 0 uniformly on D, show that Σ (-1)^n(gn) converges uniformly on D

The series is pointwise convergence by the alternating series test (since the series is decreasing all the terms are non-negative on $D$ etc).

The conditions imply that there exists a decreasing positive sequence $a_n \to 0$ as $n\to \infty$ such that $g_n(x)\le a_n$ for all $x \in D$.

Then (since the remainder for a truncated alternating series is bounded by the absolute value of the first neglected term):

$\left| \left(\sum_0^{\infty} (-1)^n g_n(x)\right) - \left(\sum_0^n (-1)^n g_n(x)\right) \right|\le g_{n+1}(x) \le a_{n+1}$

etc.

CB