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Find the sum of each of the following infinite series. If a series does not have a sum,...
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First series is geometric series with ratio `r=2` and geometric series is convergent only if `|r|<1`, hence the first series isn't convergent. In other words sum of the first series is `oo.`
The other series we can look as the sum of two geometric series. One with general term `a_n=(1/9)^(n-2)` and other with general term `b_n=-(1/3)^(n-2),` `n=1,2,3,ldots`
Hence sum of your series is
Sum of infinite geometric series is calculated by formula
Hence we have
Now we put that into (1) to get
`S=81/8-9/2=(81-36)/8=45/8` <-- Your solution
Posted by tiburtius on May 2, 2013 at 7:36 PM (Answer #1)
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