# Sum of an infinite series(not quite geometric)

• GNelson
I was thinking that the expression was 7/((e^3)^k+2), not (7/e^3)^k+2.And so I think I now agree with quasar.In summary, the series given by \sum^{infinity}_{K=10} \frac{7}{e^(3k+2)} can be rewritten as a geometric series with the first term (a) of 7e^-32 and a common ratio (r) of e^-3. Using the formula for the sum of a geometric series, the sum can be calculated as (7e^-32)/(1-e^-3).
GNelson

## Homework Statement

Determine the sum of the series:

$$\sum$$$$^{infinity}_{K=10}$$ $$\frac{7}{e^(3k+2)}$$

## The Attempt at a Solution

limit n->infinity of sn=$$\sum$$$$^{n}_{K=10}$$ $$\frac{7}{e^(3k+2)}$$=$$\frac{7}{e^(32)}$$+$$\frac{7}{e^(35)}$$...$$\frac{7}{e^(3n+2)}$$

This series does not exactly fit a geometric series or any partial fraction I can reduce. After this point I am stuck, any hints are greatly welcome.

My alternative method I attempted was to try to re-write it in such a way it was geometric., where f=1 is when k=10
that is that $$\sum$$$$^{infinity}_{K=10}$$ $$\frac{7}{e^(3k+2)}$$= $$\sum$$$$^{infinity}_{f=1}$$$$\frac{7}{e^(32)}$$*($$\frac{1}{e^(3)}$$)^(f-1) which when simplfied I got = $$\frac{7}{e^(31)-1}$$

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rewriting it as a geometric series makes sense but how did 3k+2 become 32?

Have you investigated the consequences of $$e^{3k+2} = e^{2}(e^3)^k$$?

P.S. You want to write [ t e x ] \sum_{k=10}^{\infty} [ \ t e x ]

and

[ t e x ] e^{3k+2} [ t e x ]

for it to come out correctly.

quasar987's point is that this is not "not quite" but exactly a geometric series. There is a standard formula for the sum of a geometric series.

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My rational in the re-write was to write it in such a way that the terms of the sequence would be identical, in the orignal form we obtain 7/e^32+7/e^35 ect.. which was the only method of solution that I could see that had a chance of working. I tested each k value against f values at f=1 against k=10, they produce identical terms for every valid k the only difference being the new series starts at 1 rather than 10 but the way I see it we are summing an infinite amount of terms,I was curious if this was mathematically valid.

Correct me if I'm wrong (I'm more of a mathematician really), and I'm not all that familiar with your notation, but it is a convergent geometric progression.

It can be rearranged as sum to infinity of 7e^-2 * (e^-3)^k

which is a geometric progression with the first term (a) of 7e^-32

and increases by a factor (r) of e^-3

Using the geometric progression formula of summation of series i.e. sum=a/(1-r)

sum= (7e^-32)/(1-e^-3)

Isn't it?

Why would being "more of a mathematician" imply that you would be wrong about a math problem?

HallsofIvy said:
Why would being "more of a mathematician" imply that you would be wrong about a math problem?

In itself, it wouldn't. But, as I mentioned before I haven't used notation quite like that, so my interpretation could be wrong. (I assumed that the notation was specific to physics)

John Creighto said:
rewriting it as a geometric series makes sense but how did 3k+2 become 32?

That's intended to be the staged exponential $$(e^3)^{2}$$ . One of the things TeX doesn't seem to do is double exponents. The intent of the expression is clear, if the notation may not be...

dynamicsolo said:
That's intended to be the staged exponential $$(e^3)^{2}$$ . One of the things TeX doesn't seem to do is double exponents. The intent of the expression is clear, if the notation may not be...

No, it really is e^32. It's e^(3k+2) and the sum starts at k=10. That's e^(thirty two).

Oops, right: I misled myself in reading some of the other posts...

## 1. What is an infinite series?

An infinite series is a sum of an infinite number of terms. Each term is added to the previous one, and the sum can either converge to a finite value or diverge to infinity.

## 2. How is the sum of an infinite series calculated?

The sum of an infinite series can be calculated using various methods, such as rearranging the terms to form a geometric series, using the ratio test or the integral test, or using the properties of convergent series.

## 3. What is the difference between a geometric series and a non-geometric series?

A geometric series has a constant ratio between consecutive terms, while a non-geometric series does not have a constant ratio. Geometric series are easier to work with as their sum can be calculated using a simple formula, while the sum of a non-geometric series can be more complex to determine.

## 4. Can an infinite series have a sum?

Yes, an infinite series can have a sum as long as it converges. If the series diverges, it does not have a finite sum.

## 5. What is the significance of the sum of an infinite series in mathematics?

The sum of an infinite series is a fundamental concept in mathematics and has many applications in calculus, physics, and engineering. It allows us to model real-world situations and make precise calculations, and it also helps in understanding the behavior of functions and sequences.

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