# Homework Help: Proof of convergence

1. Feb 16, 2008

### fk378

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Prove that if a_n>=0 and summation a_n converges, then summation (a_n)^2 also converges.

3. The attempt at a solution
(Note: When I say "lim" please assume the limit as n-->infinity). I just want it to be a little clearer to read)

If summation a_n converges, then lim(a_n)=0. If lim(a_n)=0, then lim(a_n)^2=0.
If summation (a_n)^2 diverges, then lim(a_n)^2 does not equal 0. But lim(a_n)^2=0, so summation (a_n)^2 must converge.

Can anyone let me know if this is a valid proof? I'm not sure how else to prove it otherwise.....thank you.

Last edited: Feb 16, 2008
2. Feb 16, 2008

### jhicks

I'm having some trouble following those lines. What about $$a_{n}=\frac{1}{\sqrt{n}}$$?

Last edited: Feb 16, 2008
3. Feb 16, 2008

### fk378

Oh, that does go against my proof. I don't know how else to prove it then. Any suggestions?

(I also edited a bit of my original post so that it would be a bit easier to read, hopefully)

4. Feb 16, 2008

### jhicks

5. Feb 16, 2008

### HallsofIvy

This is definitely NOT true!

However, it is true that if $\sum a_n$ converges then $lim a_n= 0$.
For sufficiently large n, an< 1 and so an2< |an|.