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In Infinite series the sum of infinite series is the (partial sum). Is that because its infinite and we can't sum up an infinite series ??

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  1. hal_stirrup
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    thanks of viewing.

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  2. estudier
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    Well, it's convenient for looking at convergence and limits, no?

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  3. hal_stirrup
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    yes. it is.

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  4. hal_stirrup
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    so what do you think of my question?.

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  5. estudier
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    Well, we can sum up the series (if the limit of partial sums exists)

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  6. hal_stirrup
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    we can? how do we know if the limit of partial sums exists?

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  7. estudier
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    Convergence

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  8. hal_stirrup
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    so your saying if a series Converges it partial sums exists

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  9. estudier
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    Well, if a series diverges, there wouldn't be any convergence, right?

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  10. hal_stirrup
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    yes

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  11. estudier
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    And you wouldn't be able to add it up however hard you tried

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  12. hal_stirrup
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    yes BUT because its a infinite series whether it converges or diverges we cant sum it all up?

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  13. estudier
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    That's what I'm saying, if it converges then you can (usually) add it up (analytically).

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  14. hal_stirrup
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    i see what your saying sure. i just don't see the idea of converges or diverges has anything to do with the fact that a series Converges and there for the partial sums exists

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    If the series converges then you can take a limit

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  16. hal_stirrup
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    All well and good that you are saying the facts. :) i really want to understand why we can take a limit when series converges and not diverges.

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  17. hal_stirrup
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    am sorry am being a pain.

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  18. estudier
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    the limit of a divergent series is infinite and some other limits might not exist (there are shades of convergence, absolute, conditional...)

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    You must have a way, analyytically, to approach a limit (even if you do not actually ever reach it)

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  20. estudier
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    I am assuming you have studied calculus, the limit concept there is similar.

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  21. hal_stirrup
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    i see . if we say that x-----> 2 x approaches 2 . what comment would you have?

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  22. hal_stirrup
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    i have studied CAL but in a very mechanical way!

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    You can say it and it implies that the limit is 2 but doesn't say anything about how you got that.

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  24. hal_stirrup
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    do we care how we get there . is that important for us?

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    How do we know that your limit is valid?

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    The limit of 1 + 1/2 +1/4 + 1/8 ......+1/2^n has a limit of 2 Do you believe me?

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    well you told me thats

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  28. estudier
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    Ok, it's not 2 it's 3

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  29. hal_stirrup
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    no its not !

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  30. estudier
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    Anyway, the point is that it converges and it is fairly easy to establish that 2 is an upper bound and with a little more work that the sum is actually 2

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    And now I am off to bed, I'm afraid.....

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  32. hal_stirrup
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    visually . |dw:1348445954284:dw|

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  33. hal_stirrup
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    thanks you Rock. :)

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    G'night:)

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  35. hal_stirrup
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    you too

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