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Homework Help: Power Series Convergence

  1. Sep 22, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    If [tex]\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} c_{n}4^n[/tex] is convergent, does it follow that the following series are convergent?

    a) [tex]\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} c_{n}(-2)^n[/tex] b) [tex]\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} c_{n}(-4)^n[/tex]

    2. Relevant equations
    The Power Series: [tex]\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} c_{n}(x - a)^n[/tex]

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I was able to work all the problems that asked me to solve for a radius of convergence, but this question seems much different, and I can't think about how to prove or disprove either a or b. Any tips would be much appreciated.
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  3. Sep 23, 2010 #2


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    If you know that:
    \sum_{n=0}^{\infty} c_{n}4^n
    Then apply the ratio test on this to get a relationship between c_{n} and c_{n+1}, then you can use this to check the other series . Look up the alternating series test also.
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