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Series Question

  • Thread starter wilcofan3
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1. Homework Statement

[tex]\sum_1^{\infty} (1)/(n^3+n+4)[/tex]

2. Homework Equations

I have only done problems where I've been finding whether the series converges or if I have been calculating, it's always been a factorable problem.

3. The Attempt at a Solution

Once again, I just need a few steps, I'm not asking anyone to solve it completely for me, but I would appreciate some sort of step-by-step breakdown of what to do. Thank you so much guys!
 
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Tom Mattson

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What are you supposed to do, find the sum or just determine if it converges?
 
I'm supposed to calculate the sum correct to six decimal places.

Sorry about that, I was in a hurry to get it posted and forgot to actually put what the question wanted.
 
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It's easy to show by the comparison test that the series converges (compare with [itex]\sum 1/n^3[/itex]).

For the approximate sum, just start adding terms in the series. When you get two successive partial sums that are the same in the first 6 decimal places, you're home free.
 

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