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Compute the sum

  1. Oct 14, 2004 #1
    Compute the following sum
    when n goes from 1 to oo of

    So far this is what i've done
    I know the sum from 1 to oo of 1/n^2 =(pi^2)/6
    So I get
    1/(n^2(2n-1))=4/(2n(2n-1)) - pi^2/6

    so I need to compute the sum of 4/(2n(2n-1)) which i have no idea how to do.

    Any hints or tips would be great
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 14, 2004 #2
    Assuming u did the first part correctly,
    for ur question,
    use partial fractions,
    = (4/(2n-1))-(4/(2n))

    Now write the first few numbers of the series in this fashion and see if can notice something peculiar ...

    -- AI
  4. Oct 14, 2004 #3
    thankyou the reason I couldn't do the question is because I went

    and I couldn't see any apparent pattern.

    I will try your partial fraction right now. Thankyou
  5. Oct 15, 2004 #4
    by teh way i was wondering if i got your question right is it 1 / n ^(4n-2)

    or is it 1/n^2 * (2n-1)

    in any case the first one does converge since n^2 / n^4n < n^2 / n^4 = 1 / n^2 which is a convergent p series
    the second one you can use the limit comparison test to show that it is lesser the 1/n^2 which is a convergent p series
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