Comaprison tests for convergence

Oct 2009
Hi, I'm having some difficulty in recognising what new improper integral to create when doing a comparison test.
IS there a step-by-step logical approach that could be used?
My understanding is, we do comparison tests because the improper integral being dealt with is too difficult to integrate. I understand the rules in that if f(x)>g(x)
then f(x) is divergent if g(x) is divergent and g(x) is convergent if f(x) is convergent.

But, I don't understand a few problems:

So, for example,

If you could look at 6b, and the solutions to 6b.

I don't understand what the solutions mean when they say "Use x< x^1/4"

The same with 6c. Why have they said 'use 1/3y^4' ?

I managed to work out 6a myself. are there flaws in the solutions? What am I missing here..

Additionally, in regards to the matrices question at the top, what method is being referred to there? Is it asking for me to use row operations?

Jun 2012
They use \(\displaystyle x \le x^{\frac{1}{4}}\) so that \(\displaystyle 1 - x^{\frac{1}{4}} \le 1 - x\)

\(\displaystyle \frac{1}{1 - x^{\frac{1}{4}}} \ge \frac{1}{1-x}\) (along the domain)


\(\displaystyle \int_{0}^{1} \frac{1}{1 - x^{\frac{1}{4}}}\, dx \ge \int_{0}^{1} \frac{1}{1-x}\, dx\)
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Oct 2009

makes sense

although, I'm still not sure about why they use 3y^4 ?
Would it not make more sense to use y^4?