Complex series: Circle of convergence

  1. 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Hi all.

    Lets say I have a complex power series given by

    [tex]
    \sum_{n=0}^\infty c_nz^n,
    [/tex]

    where z is a complex number and c is a complex constant. Inside its circle of convergence, I can differentiate it leading to

    [tex]
    \sum_{n=0}^\infty c_nnz^{n-1} = \sum_{n=0}^\infty (n+1)c_{n+1}nz^{n}.
    [/tex]

    If I want to find the circle of convergence for this series, then I can use the ratio test

    [tex]
    \frac{1}{R} = \mathop {\lim }\limits_{n \to \infty } \left| {\frac{{a_{n + 1} }}{{a_n }}} \right|.
    [/tex]

    I have two questions for this:

    Question #1: Does the ratio test give me the same answer regardless of I substitute e.g. n -> n+3? I.e., is it correct that

    [tex]
    \mathop {\lim }\limits_{n \to \infty } \left| {\frac{{a_{n + 1} }}{{a_n }}} \right| = \mathop {\lim }\limits_{n \to \infty } \left| {\frac{{a_{n + 3} }}{{a_{n + 2} }}} \right|.
    [/tex]

    Personally, I think it does not matter, because we let n go to infinity.

    Question #2: Does the ratio test only work for power series that go from n=0 to infinity, or do they also work if n start at e.g. 1 or -1?


    Thank you very much in advance.

    Best regards,
    Niles.
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Well the ratio test is typically derived from comparison to a geometric series. Moreover, one way to derive the comparison test is based on the monotone convergence theorem applied to partial sums. So I think you're right on both counts since only long term behavior matters. Especially for question 2, remember that including or excluding a finite number of terms in an infinite series does not affect convergence.
     
  4. tiny-tim

    tiny-tim 26,055
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    Hi Niles! :smile:
    Your intuitive suspicions are completely correct …

    limiting behaviour is only affected "near" the limit …

    what happens at the other end doesn't matter!

    So yes, to both #1 and #2. :smile:
     
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