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Ratio test problem

  1. May 7, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    See attached image. (it should say "ratio" not "ration")

    2. Relevant equations

    Ratio series test: An+1/An

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I have worked this problem over and over and continue to get the same solution. Some guy worked it on the board a couple of days ago and got something different, which our teacher said was right.

    I cannot reproduce this and I wonder if the student got it wrong and the professor just didn't check it very well. Either that or I'm losing my mind. There is a test tonight and the problem is from a review Monday.

    The answer I continue to get is: 1/2n^2+2n = 1/∞ = 0<1 so it converges.

    The other student got: 2n+1/n+1 = 2>1 diverges.

    I can post a picture of my work if needed. If I really do have the incorrect answer, can someone please post an image of their work so that I can see whats going on?

    Thank you

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    Last edited: May 7, 2014
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  3. May 7, 2014 #2


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    Your answer is incorrect. And the way you are sloppy with parentheses, it's no surprise. Post your work if you want us to help you.
  4. May 7, 2014 #3
    Well thanks for the advice on using parentheses. I do not believe the formula should have them as you have in your correction, though.


    Was the other student's answer correct? Did you solve the problem or just assume I missed it based on my sloppy use of (or lack thereof) parentheses?

    My work:


    Edit: went back and did not distribute the 2.
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  5. May 7, 2014 #4


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    It's hard to follow what you did but I think you have calculated$$
    (2(n+1))! = (2n+2)n!$$which isn't correct.
  6. May 7, 2014 #5
    Even if I do not distribute the 2 (I pulled the 2 back out toward the end), I am still left with 1/∞. Thanks for illustrating the correct way to solve the problem, though!
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  8. May 7, 2014 #7
    Thank you so much for this explanation. I did not know it expanded like that in this case, but I've reworked it and it comes out perfectly.
  9. May 7, 2014 #8
    Just note that for next time that (a(n+1))!=(an+a)!=(an+a)(an+a-1)(an+a-2)...(2)(1). Always remember to carry out the operation in the parentheses before you do the operations outside of the parentheses. I'm guessing that's why you factored out a 2. You cannot fact out the 2 like that when your doing a factorial.

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