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Prove that lim gn for n→∞ exists, and find it.

  1. Sep 9, 2009 #1
    Suppose g1 , g2 ,... are any numbers that satisfy the inequalities
    0 < gn < 1 and (1 − gn)gn+1 > 1/4 for all n.

    Prove that lim gn for n→∞ exists, and find it.

    I need well substantiated answer! Thanks.
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  3. Sep 9, 2009 #2


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    Ok, so your sequence is obviously bounded:
    0 < qn < 1.

    Now, let's think about it, what if your sequence is monotonic? Then, it'll have limit as n tends to infinity, right?

    So, let's try the following steps:
    • First, find some initial values of the sequence that satisfies the requirements.
    • Then, guess whether it's increasing or decreasing.
    • Finally, try to prove it. If you don't know where to start, then Proof by Contradiction is the way to go. :)
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