# Homework Help: Infinite series

1. Mar 5, 2006

### devious_

Find all $p \geq 0$ such that

$$\sum_{k=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{k \, (\log (k+1))^p}$$

converges.

It looks like the integral test is the most likely candidate, but I haven't been able to make any progress using it. I'd appreciate a push in the right direction.

Edit:
I've managed to prove that it converges for $p > 1$. Since it obviously diverges for $p=0$, I'm trying to see what happens when $0 < p \leq 1$.

Edit2:
And now I just proved that it diverges for such p. Problem solved.

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2. Mar 5, 2006

### quasar987

out of curiosity, how did u proceed? I used a criterion that is very useful when dealing with log series. it says that $\sum a_n$ converges $\Leftrightarrow \sum 2^n a_{2^n}$ converges.

So compare the $2^n$ serie with the riemann p-serie and you get that the original series behaves just like the riemann p-serie, i.e. diverges for $p \leq 1$ and converges for p>1.

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3. Mar 5, 2006

### matt grime

How on earth does that test work?

take the sum of (-1)^n/log(n), that converges by the alternating series test, yet the 2^n subseries

2^n(-1)^(2^n)/log(2^n) = 2^n/nlog(2)

does not converge.

4. Mar 5, 2006

5. Mar 5, 2006

### quasar987

Oh yeah, an must be decreasing non-negative.

6. Mar 5, 2006

### shmoe

I used the fact that log is increasing so that $\log (k) < \log (k+1)$, and I used the integral test.