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**White_Owl****Member**- Registered: 2010-03-03
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The problem is:

For which positive integers *k* is the following series convergent?

My Answer:

For series to be convergent the next inequality should be true (by the Ratio Test):

Since we know that both k and n are positive we can omit absolute bars.

And now I simplify:

But since *k* is a constant this limit will never be less than 1. Therefore the series divergent for all possible *k*.

Did I make a mistake somewhere? Textbook is looking for a convergent series...

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Something is wrong right there.

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**White_Owl****Member**- Registered: 2010-03-03
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I do not think there are mistakes:

Or are you talking about different equations?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Your first line is good.

Shouldn't manipulations maintain equality with the original assertion?

That does not?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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White_Owl wrote:

I do not think there are mistakes:

Or are you talking about different equations?

The second line is not correc(k(n+1))!=1*2*3*...*(k(n+1)-1)*(k(n+1))

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

That is what I mean, something is bad where I indicated. There could be further mistakes but that is where the first one occurs.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Well, the rest of his current work is okay. But that error is messing up the whole thing.

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**White_Owl****Member**- Registered: 2010-03-03
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anonimnystefy, thank you. I see the mistake now

So my new answer is:

Therefore, series converges for k>=2

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Third line - in the denominator you have k1*k2*...*kn and you say below it "n times". It should be 1*2*...*kn and below it should be "kn times".

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**White_Owl****Member**- Registered: 2010-03-03
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Yes, of course. Thank you.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Everything else seems okay to me.

You are welcome.

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