Hi,

I'm having trouble understanding the first line of Knapp's proof of the alternating series test. The Theorem states that

If for each $\displaystyle x$ in a nonempty set S, $\displaystyle \{ a_n(x)\}_{n \geq 1}$ is a monotone decreasing sequence of nonnegative real numbers such that $\displaystyle \lim_n a_n(x) = 0$ uniformly in $\displaystyle x$, then $\displaystyle \sum^{\infty}_{n=1}(-1)^n a_n(x)$ converges uniformly.

His opening line in the proof is

The hypotheses are such that $\displaystyle \left| \sum^{n}_{k=m}(-1)^k a_k(x) \right| \leq \sup_x |a_m(x)|$ whenever $\displaystyle n \geq m$...

It's the above line I'm totally confused by. Can someone help explain to me how the hypothesis implies the above?

Thanks