Worked example: limit comparison test | Series | AP Calculus BC | Khan Academy | Summary and Q&A

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TL;DR

The limit comparison test can be used to determine whether a series converges or diverges by comparing it to a similar series.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What is the limit comparison test used for in determining series convergence?

The limit comparison test is used to compare a series with another series to determine whether both converge or diverge based on the limit of their term ratios.

Q: What conditions must the terms of the series satisfy for the limit comparison test?

The terms of the series must be greater than or equal to zero for all values in the series.

Q: How is the limit comparison test applied to determine convergence?

The test involves finding the limit as n approaches infinity of the ratio between terms of the given series and a similar series. If the limit is a positive constant, both series either converge or diverge.

Q: What happens if the limit comparison test determines that both series converge?

If the limit comparison test shows that both series converge, it implies that the original series also converges.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The limit comparison test can be used to determine convergence of a series by comparing it to another series with similar behavior.

  • If the limit of the ratio of terms between the two series is a positive constant, then both series either converge or diverge.

  • By applying the limit comparison test to a given series, it is determined that the series converges.

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