# Help needed badly,convergence of series

1. Apr 19, 2010

### seto6

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
given this find if it converge or diverge.

$$\sum^{n=0}_{infinity} sin(\frac{1}{n^2})$$

sin (1/n^2) as n goes from zero to infinity.

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

i tried

sin(1/n^2) <= sin(1/n) ~ 1/n

by squeeze theorem

0 <= sin(1/n^2) <= 1/n

as the limit goes to infinity the 1/n goes to zero thus sin(1/n^2) goes to zero, does that mean it converge

2. Apr 19, 2010

### Staff: Mentor

Your LaTeX code was almost right. Click on my version to see what I did.
$$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} sin(\frac{1}{n^2})$$

BTW, the index n really should start at 1, not 0, since the expression being summed is undefined at n = 0.

In a series
$$\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} a_n$$
If
$$\lim_{n \to \infty} a_n~=~0$$
then you really don't know anything about the series. For example, lim an = 0 for both of the following series, but the first one diverges and the second converges.

$$\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac{1}{n}$$

$$\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac{1}{n^2}$$

3. Apr 19, 2010

### Staff: Mentor

This was a good idea - sin(1/n) ~ 1/n
It's not right on the money, but it's a start.

The limit comparison test is good to know.

4. Apr 19, 2010

### seto6

would it be valid to compare it with
$$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} sin(\frac{1}{n^2})$$

since sine if always less than one (book is telling me its a non negative series)

and very close to zero (when n is large) its almost like
$$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} sin(\frac{1}{n^2})$$

therefore
$$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} sin(\frac{1}{n^2})$$ coverage thus sine should

5. Apr 19, 2010

### lanedance

all your latex are the same?

$$sin(\frac{1}{n^2}) < sin(\frac{1}{n})$$
for all n>1 seemed like a good start

then as $sin(\frac{1}{n}) \approx \frac{1}{n}$ for large n can you think of anything similar in form to $\frac{1}{n}$ but such that $sin(\frac{1}{n})$ is less than it for all n?

6. Apr 19, 2010

### Staff: Mentor

No, because you don't want to compare your series with itself. Why would you want to do that?
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