# Homework Help: Infinite Series with log natural Question

1. Apr 5, 2013

### Biosaw

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Ʃ (-1)^(k+1) / kln(k)
k=2

2. Relevant equations
integral test, p test, comparison test, limit comparison, ratio test, root test.

3. The attempt at a solution
In class so far we have not learned the alternating series test so i can't use that test.
So far I have done the test for divergent which turned up 0, ratio test which turned up 1, root test which didn't work, and its not a geometric or telescoping series.
I think that the only one that will work is the comparison test but I don't know what to use to compare this function.

2. Apr 5, 2013

### CompuChip

From your question I gather that you only need to say whether the series converges, not what the limit is.

Never mind my old post, it doesn't seem to help.

[old post]
I am not sure how much you have and haven't seen, but one common approach would be looking at the absolute value and using the triangle inequality to write

$$\left| \sum_{k = 2}^\infty \frac{(-1)^{k + 1}}{k \ln k} \right| \le \sum_{k = 2}^\infty \left| \frac{(-1)^{k + 1}}{k \ln k} \right|$$

It may also be useful to note that ln k > 1 for k > 2.
[/old post]

[new hint]
Whichever way you try the comparison test, it will always end up "going the wrong way".