General question about convergence of series

Since the limit of a sequence is a fundamental concept in calculus, the statement holds true for both sequences and series.In summary, if a sequence has a finite limit, it is said to converge, and if it does not have a limit, it is said to diverge. This concept applies to both sequences and series in calculus.
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In general, is it true that if a sequence has a limit that it converges and if it does not have a limit that it diverges?when i say have a limit i mean that the limit exists.
 
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Given [tex]\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} a_n[/tex]

if the series converges, then

[tex]\lim_{n\rightarrow\infty}a_n = 0[/tex]

This does not mean that if the limit = 0 it converges, but that it has a possibility to converge. If the limit does not equal 0, the series diverges.
 
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Are you talking about sequences or series, RadiationX?

By definition, if a sequence has a finite limit, then it converges to that limit.
 
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yes i was talking about sequences
 
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Yes. "Converge" is DEFINED as "has a limit". "Diverge" is defined as "does not have a limit".
 

1. What is the definition of convergence of a series?

The convergence of a series is a mathematical concept that describes whether the infinite sum of all the terms in a sequence approaches a finite value as the number of terms increases. In other words, it determines whether a series approaches a specific limit or diverges (does not approach a limit).

2. How is convergence of a series determined?

To determine the convergence of a series, we use various tests such as the comparison test, ratio test, root test, integral test, and limit comparison test. These tests help us evaluate the behavior of the terms in a series and determine if it converges or diverges.

3. What is the importance of studying convergence of series?

The study of convergence of series is important in many areas of mathematics, physics, and engineering. It helps us understand the behavior of infinite sums and their limits, which are crucial in solving problems related to real-life situations. Additionally, many mathematical concepts, such as calculus and differential equations, rely on the convergence of series for their applications.

4. Can a series converge and diverge at the same time?

No, a series cannot converge and diverge at the same time. A series can either converge, meaning it has a finite limit, or diverge, meaning it does not have a finite limit. However, a series can have different types of convergence or divergence, such as absolute convergence, conditional convergence, or oscillating divergence.

5. What are some real-life applications of convergence of series?

The concept of convergence of series has various real-life applications, such as calculating compound interest in finance, approximating values in statistics, and modeling physical phenomena in physics. It is also used in computer science and engineering to optimize algorithms and improve computational efficiency.

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