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Sequences and series

  1. Feb 8, 2009 #1
    How do you know if a sequence converges or diverges based on taking the limit?

    here's an example
    f:= 3^n/n^3;

    if i take the limit the sequence goes to infinity.

    does it diverge becuase the limit is not zero or can the limit be something other than zero and it still converge?
     
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  3. Feb 8, 2009 #2

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    You are talking about a sequences and not series? You titled this "sequences and series". There is a theorem that says that if a sequence does not converge to 0, then the series (infinite sum) of those numbers cannot converge but certainly if a sequence converges to any number then it converges!

    However in this case the sequence "goes to" infinity, as you say, and infinity is not a number. The sequence diverges. Many textbooks would say this sequence "diverges to infinity".
     
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