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Estimate Apery's Constant.

  1. Oct 2, 2011 #1
    Estimate [itex]1 + \frac{1}{2^3} + \frac{1}{3^3} + \frac{1}{4^3} + \frac{1}{5^3} + ... [/itex] in 1 minute (See "[URL [Broken] constant[/URL]).

    I couldn't think of a clever way to quickly do this. Any ideas?
     
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  3. Oct 9, 2011 #2

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    after thinking about this for more than one minute :rolleyes: I am convinced that the best I could hope to do was sum a few terms and estimate the remainder using an integral. Something like
    [tex]
    Ʃ_{n=1}^{\infty} n^{-3} \approx Ʃ_{n=1}^{m} n^{-3} + ∫_{m+1}^{\infty} x^{-3} dx = Ʃ_{n=1}^{m} n^{-3} + (m+1)^{-2}/2.[/tex]

    m=2 yields the sum is about 1.18, m=3 yields 1.19, so I would guess 1.2 for at most two significant figures. Hopefully someone else has something more interesting than that ...
     
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