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arturo_026

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Consider the sequence s_n = Sumation (from k=0 to n) p^k (i.e. s_n=p^0+p^1+p^2...+p^n) in Q(rationals) with the p-adic metric (p is prime).

Show that s_n converges to a rational number.[/B]

Now, I do get some intuition on showing that the number it converges to is rational by applying the fundamental theorem of arithmetic and claiming that the number it converges to can be expressed as a product of primes so that way we can factor out p to some power and satisfy the convergence definition with the p-diatic metric.

My big problem is: How can I show that s_n converges in the first place? or should i start my proof by assuming that it converges to some s, and then showing that s is rational?