University Calculus: Early Transcendentals (3rd Edition)

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Chapter 9 - Section 9.3 - The Integral Test - Exercises - Page 504: 1


Converges to $1$

Work Step by Step

Consider $f(x)=\dfrac{1}{x^2}$. This is positive, continuous and decreasing for $x \geq 1$ Now, take the integral test to find the convergence and divergence for the sequence. We have $\int_1^\infty \dfrac{1}{x^2} dx= \lim\limits_{a \to \infty} \int_1^a \dfrac{1}{x^2} dx$ or, $ \lim\limits_{a \to \infty} [\dfrac{-1}{x}]_1^a=\lim\limits_{a \to \infty} [\dfrac{-1}{a}+1]=1$ Hence, the sequence $\Sigma_{n=1}^\infty \dfrac{1}{n^2}$ converges to $1$
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