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Jun11-05, 11:45 PM
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Quote Quote by steven187
so your sayin that it is possible in some cases to derive a formula for a series besides a geometric series but in most cases its not possible?
Yes. saltydog's given numerous examples. Telescoping series is another handy one, so is recognizing your sum as a known power series, rearranging terms sometimes helps, and more .

Quote Quote by steven187
, and about that series it was suppose to be

[tex]\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac {(-2)^{-n}}{n+1}[/tex]
like would i be able to derive a formula for this series? or how would i be able to find the sum of such a series?
Relate it to the power series for log(1+x).