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Topic: Analysis with series 1/2^2+1/3^2
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David C. Ullrich

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Re: Analysis with series 1/2^2+1/3^2
Posted: Aug 9, 2012 12:17 PM
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On Thu, 09 Aug 2012 13:47:18 +0100, Frederick Williams
<freddywilliams@btinternet.com> wrote:

>pholman50@gmail.com wrote:
>

>> Any series can be fluffed out to make it more challenging.
>> Unfluffed, this one is 1/(n^2+n)........1/2 + 1/6 + 1/12 + 1/20......
>> = 1/2 + (1/2 - 1/3) + (1/3 - 1/4) + (1/4 - 1/5) ......
>> = 1
>> Phil H

>
>May one rearrange 1/2 + (1/2 - 1/3) + (1/3 - 1/4) + (1/4 - 1/5) ... to
>get (1/2 + 1/2) + (- 1/3 + 1/3) + (- 1/4 + 1/4) + - 1/5 ...?


Yes. Simply look at the partial sums. The sum of the first n terms
on the left side _is_ 1 - 1/n (or 1 - 1/(n+1) or something),
which tends to 1 as n tends to infinity.

But it's good to ask about this, because of the standard example

1 = 1 + (-1+1) + (-1+1) + ...
= (1-1) + (1-1) + ...
= 0.








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