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Homework Help: Improper integral, divergence/convergence

  1. Nov 10, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Evaluate if the integral diverges or converges using the comparison theorem.

    [tex]\int^ \infty_2 \frac{dx}{\sqrt{x^3+1}}[/tex]

    Having trouble with this question, the exercises I have managed I generally guessed if it was convergent/divergent, and then found a smaller of bigger function at the interval and went by that. Here I assumed it was convergent and used [tex]\frac{1}{\sqrt{x^2+1}}[/tex], though that was divergent which says absolutely nothing. Ran into the same issue with other attempts.

    Is my reasoning the issue or have I just not found the correct manipulation? Not really approaching with anything more involved than "Find something bigger and hope it converges".
    Any help would be appreciated, thanks.
     
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  3. Nov 10, 2012 #2

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    It seems to me that a simpler comparison is [itex]x^3< x^3+ 1[/itex] so that [itex]\frac{1}{\sqrt{x^3+ 1}}< \frac{1}{\sqrt{x^3}}= x^{-3/2}[/itex].
     
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  4. Nov 10, 2012 #3
    I feel slightly moronic now, was too focused on manipulating the x term for whatever reason.

    Thanks, glad I didn't get it all backwards at least.
     
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