# Limit Problem

1. Apr 17, 2005

### amcavoy

Can anyone help with these?

1. $$\lim_{n\rightarrow 0}\frac{\log_{2}\sum_{k=1}^{2^n}\sqrt{k}}{n}$$

2. $$\lim_{n\rightarrow 0}\frac{\log_{2}\sum_{k=1}^{2^n}\sqrt{2k-1}}{n}$$

Thanks for you help.

2. Apr 17, 2005

### saltydog

Regarding just the first one:

Although I question this, Mathematica returns:

$$\mathop \lim\limits_{n\to 0}\frac{Ln[\sum_{k=1}^{2^n}\sqrt{k}]}{n}\approx 0.8527$$

Seems to me that it should be $-\infty$

Since once n gets below 1, the sum goes to just 1.

$$\mathop \lim\limits_{n\to \infty}\frac{Ln[\sum_{k=1}^{2^n}\sqrt{k}]}{n}$$

This one Mathematica returns 1.0397 which makes sense if you plot the values for a range of n, it seems to approach a value near this.

I'd like someone to explain these also.

3. Apr 17, 2005

### amcavoy

I encountered these problems on another site, and was just interested in them. I know some single-variable calculus, but I am just working on sequences and series now, so I was wondering if anyone knew of a trick to get these done.