1. ## Convergent Sequence

Suppose a,b>0. Does the sequence {(a^n + b^n)^(1/n)} from n=1 to infinity converge? If so, find the limit.

Not sure where to start...

2. ## Re: Convergent Sequence

Factor out the larger of a and b. You'll need to consider the two cases where they're equal and not equal separately.

If the one case isn't clear to you, you could use the identity $\displaystyle p = e^{\ln(p)} \ \forall \ p>0$, and then look at the limit in the exponent.

Question:

$\displaystyle \text{If } \lim_{n \to \infty} q_n \text{ exists and equals } L, \text{ then } \lim_{n \to \infty} e^{q_n} = e^L \text{ is true because }$

$\displaystyle \text{ the function } f(x) = e^x \text{ is ?what? }$

3. ## Re: Convergent Sequence

Originally Posted by lovesmath
Suppose a,b>0. Does the sequence {(a^n + b^n)^(1/n)} from n=1 to infinity converge? If so, find the limit.
This is such a well known problem.
Suppose that $\displaystyle a>b>0$ then $\displaystyle a = \sqrt[n]{{a^n }} \leqslant \sqrt[n]{{a^n + b^n }} \leqslant a\sqrt[n]{2} \to a$

It can be extended to more than two variables.

4. ## Re: Convergent Sequence

How did you get the 2 under the radical at the end of the inequality?

5. ## Re: Convergent Sequence

Originally Posted by lovesmath
How did you get the 2 under the radical at the end of the inequality?
It is simple arithmetic.
Because $\displaystyle b^n\le a^n$ we have $\displaystyle \sqrt[n]{{a^n + b^n }} \leqslant \sqrt[n]{{a^n + a^n }} = \sqrt[n]{{2a^n }} = a\sqrt[n]{2}$