This was a problem on one of my previous tests that I got wrong entirely. In preparing for my final, I'm attempting to redo it. I was wondering if someone could check my work.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Determine whether the following improper integral is convergent or divergent. If the integeral is convergent, find its value.

[tex]I = \int^{\infty}_{0}\frac{2x}{(x^{2}+1)^{1.2}}[/tex]

which, after carrying out the 1.2, becomes

[tex]\int^{\infty}_{0}\frac{2x}{(x^{2.4}+1)}[/tex]

That's where I get stuck. I know that the function diverges, but I don't know how to prove it.

I thought about trying to manipulate it somehow so that the function I'm comparing it to is in the form

[tex]\frac{1}{x^{p}}[/tex]

I started off by trying a direct comparison test and compared it to [tex]\frac{2x}{x^{2.4}}[/tex] which can simplify to

[tex]\frac{2}{x^{.4}}[/tex]

So, since the above function has [tex]p=.4<1[/tex], it diverges, by the Direct Comparison Test, [tex]I[/tex] diverges.

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# Homework Help: Improper Integral

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