# Basic Geometric Series Question

## Homework Statement

Determine whether the series is convergent or divergent. Find the sum if possible

Ʃ 1+2^n / 3^n n=1 -> infinity

a/1-r

## The Attempt at a Solution

I split it up so that the equation is now:

Ʃ (1/3^n) + (2/3)^n n=1 -> infinity
Ʃ (1/3^n) + Ʃ (2/3)^n n=1 -> infinity

I know that it is convergent in the second term because 2/3 < 1, how do I setup a/1-r for term 1? :S

a1=1/3 a1 = 2/3
(1/3)/(1-(1/3)) + (2/3)/(1-(2/3))
=5/2

The answer should be 3/2 on the answer sheet it says ?

Mark44
Mentor

## Homework Statement

Determine whether the series is convergent or divergent. Find the sum if possible

Ʃ 1+2^n / 3^n n=1 -> infinity

a/1-r

## The Attempt at a Solution

I split it up so that the equation is now:

Ʃ (1/3^n) + (2/3)^n n=1 -> infinity
Ʃ (1/3^n) + Ʃ (2/3)^n n=1 -> infinity

I know that it is convergent in the second term because 2/3 < 1, how do I setup a/1-r for term 1? :S

a1=1/3 a1 = 2/3
(1/3)/(1-(1/3)) + (2/3)/(1-(2/3))
=5/2

The answer should be 3/2 on the answer sheet it says ?

USE PARENTHESES!!!

This is what you wrote (fixed up in LaTeX):
$$\sum_{n = 1}^{\infty} \left( 1 + \frac{2^n}{3^n}\right)$$

This is what I'm pretty sure you meant:
$$\sum_{n = 1}^{\infty} \left(\frac{1 + 2^n}{3^n}\right)$$

Don't write 1+2^n / 3^n if you mean (1+2^n )/ 3^n.

The first sum, once you've broken them up, is not a geometric sum. Think about what that guy's doing for a little bit.

Mark44
Mentor
The first sum, once you've broken them up, is not a geometric sum. Think about what that guy's doing for a little bit.
Sure it is.
The first series can be written as
$$\sum_{n = 1}^{\infty}\left(\frac{1}{3}\right)^n$$

or 1/3 + (1/3)2 + (1/3)3 + ... +

derp. right.

LCKurtz
Homework Helper
Gold Member
The first sum, once you've broken them up, is not a geometric sum. Think about what that guy's doing for a little bit.

Had I been Mark44, I would have issued you a warning or infraction for that last sentence.

Had I been Mark44, I would have issued you a warning or infraction for that last sentence.

I apologize. Personification is against the rules?

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LCKurtz
Homework Helper
Gold Member
The first sum, once you've broken them up, is not a geometric sum. Think about what that guy's doing for a little bit.

Had I been Mark44, I would have issued you a warning or infraction for that last sentence.

I apologize. Personification is against the rules?

I'm not the boss around here but I just wanted to alert you that your comment might easily be construed as violating the section below. It struck me that way anyway.

From the Rules menu at the top of the page:

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Ah. When I said "that guy," I was referring to the first sum in the OP's question. I guess I see how that could be misconstrued.