# Convergence/Divergence of this sequence

Hello,

I am trying to find if this sequence is converging or diverging:

http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/623/72142860.gif [Broken]

Here is my work, but I highly doubt it because it is based on intuition:
http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/3589/54428513.gif [Broken]
Since the first limit diverges and the second limit is not equal to 0, then the sequence diverges.
Does anyone have a better, systematic way of dealing with this sequence and any other sign alternating sequence with (-1)^n

Thank you

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tiny-tim
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Hello fishingspree2!
Hello,

I am trying to find if this sequence is converging or diverging:

http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/623/72142860.gif [Broken]
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Do you mean the sum, ∑ of that?

Hint: try subtracting one term from the next … that'll give you a sum of positive terms.

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tiny-tim
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oooh sorry

i was confused by the square brackets

(i wish the latex was back )

in that case …
Here is my work, but I highly doubt it because it is based on intuition:
http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/3589/54428513.gif [Broken]
Since the first limit diverges and the second limit is not equal to 0, then the sequence diverges.

Why do you doubt it … that's fine!

Just tune it slightly by saying that the even terms converge to 2, and the odd terms converge to -2, so clearly it has no limit.

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thank you tiny-tim :)