# Limits of factorials

## Homework Statement

Find the lim as n-->inf of the sequence
{an}=
1x3x5x...x(2n-1)
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n!

## The Attempt at a Solution

I rewrote it as
...(2n-3)(2n-2)(2n-1)
__________________
n(n-1)(n-2)...2x1
which leads me to belive that is converges at infinity--is this at all correct

## The Attempt at a Solution

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HallsofIvy
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## Homework Statement

Find the lim as n-->inf of the sequence
{an}=
1x3x5x...x(2n-1)
_______________
n!

## The Attempt at a Solution

I rewrote it as
...(2n-3)(2n-2)(2n-1)
__________________
n(n-1)(n-2)...2x1
which leads me to belive that is converges at infinity--is this at all correct?
No, that's not correct. And I don't know why you would say that leads you to believe it converges. Obviously, the the denominator cancels with part of the numerator:
$$\frac{(2n-1)!}{n!}= (n+1)(n+2)\cdot\cdot\cdot(2n-1)$$

That does not converge.

## The Attempt at a Solution

Thank you for your reply but I have not had much experience with factorials. Could you please fill in the steps to reach how you got to that final expression? Also, could you please help me understand how to get a finite limit from a factorial?
thanks

Dick
Homework Helper
No, that's not correct. And I don't know why you would say that leads you to believe it converges. Obviously, the the denominator cancels with part of the numerator:
$$\frac{(2n-1)!}{n!}= (n+1)(n+2)\cdot\cdot\cdot(2n-1)$$

That does not converge.
I think the question is actually about (2n-1)!!/n!. I.e. for n=5, (1*3*5*7*9)/(1*2*3*4*5). If you write that as (1/1)*(3/2)*(5/3)*(7/4)*(9/5) you can see that all of the factors are greater than 1. In fact, a lot of them are greater than 1.5. If n is large what does this tell you about the product?

Thank you very much for the reply. When you write it out like that I can see that the product will eventually reach infinity. But how did you know to rewrite the expression as (2n-1)!!/n!
and what does a double factorial mean?
thanks

Thank you very much for the reply. When you write it out like that I can see that the product will eventually reach infinity. But how did you know to rewrite the expression as (2n-1)!!/n!
and what does a double factorial mean?
thanks

Dick
Homework Helper
Thank you very much for the reply. When you write it out like that I can see that the product will eventually reach infinity. But how did you know to rewrite the expression as (2n-1)!!/n!
and what does a double factorial mean?
thanks
You can look up 'double factorial' on line. It's just a shorthand way of writing your product, 1*3*5*7*9=9!!.

I am sorry to belabor the point, but is there anyway to reduce (2n-1)!!/n!
to a more simpler form--like the 1st commentator did? is what they did correct?

i think that n! can be written as (1x2x(n-1)x(n-2)x...x(n)) but could that cancel with anything from the numerator?
thanks

Dick