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You can copy the worksheet now, but you should read through the lab before you load it into Maple. Once you have read through the exercises, start up Maple, load the worksheet, and go through it carefully. Then you can start working on the exercises.

The sum of an infinite series is defined as , where is the partial sum of the first n terms of the series. However, because of the algebraic difficulty of expressing as a function of n, it is usually not possible to find sums by directly using the definition.

So, if we can generally not work from the definition, what can be done? There are several convergence tests that provide us with some needed tools. These are tests that tell us if a series converges, but in the case that the series does converge, does not tell us the sum of the series.

The convergence tests that will be used in this lab are the integral test and the ratio test.

The series

converges if and only if the integral

is finite, where is a positive, non-increasing and continuous function defined on the interval and an for all .

Given the series , suppose that

Then

- the series converges if ,
- the series diverges if ,
- the test is inconclusive if .

- Write the sequence as a function. List the first fifteen terms.
- Plot the first fifteen terms. Does it appear to converge or diverge? If it seems to converge, to what does it converge?
- Calculate the limit of the sequence as approaches . Is your answer close to your approximation above?
- Write a function for the sum of the sequence. List the first ten terms of the sequence of partial sums.
- Plot the at least the first ten terms of the sequence of partial sums (You may want to restrict the range to ). Does it appear that the series converges or diverges? If it seems to converge, to what does it converge?

- Apply the integral test to determine if the given series converges.

- First set up the function.
- Plot the function. Does it seem to satisfy the necesary conditions?
- If applicable, perform the integral test. What can you conclude and why?

- Apply the ratio test to the given series.

- First set up the function.
- Take the limit of the ratio. What do you conclude and why?

2009-01-27