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In mathematics, a series (mathematics), series is the summation, sum of the terms of an infinite sequence of numbers. More precisely, an infinite sequence $\left(a_0, a_1, a_2, \ldots\right)$ defines a series (mathematics), series that is denoted :$S=a_0 +a_1+ a_2 + \cdots=\sum_^\infty a_k.$ The th partial sum is the sum of the first terms of the sequence; that is, :$S_n = \sum_^n a_k.$ A series is convergent (or converges) if the sequence $\left(S_1, S_2, S_3, \dots\right)$ of its partial sums tends to a limit of a sequence, limit; that means that, when adding one $a_k$ after the other ''in the order given by the indices'', one gets partial sums that become closer and closer to a given number. More precisely, a series converges, if there exists a number $\ell$ such that for every arbitrarily small positive number $\varepsilon$, there is a (sufficiently large) integer $N$ such that for all $n \ge N$, :$\left , S_n - \ell \right , < \varepsilon.$ If the series is convergent, the (necessarily unique) number $\ell$ is called the ''sum of the series''. The same notation :$\sum_^\infty a_k$ is used for the series, and, if it is convergent, to its sum. This convention is similar to that which is used for addition: denotes the ''operation of adding and '' as well as the result of this ''addition'', which is called the ''sum'' of and . Any series that is not convergent is said to be Divergent series, divergent or to diverge.

# Examples of convergent and divergent series

* The reciprocals of the natural number, positive integers produce a divergent series (harmonic series (mathematics), harmonic series): *: $++++++\cdots \rightarrow \infty.$ * Alternating the signs of the reciprocals of positive integers produces a convergent series (alternating harmonic series): *:$-+-+-\cdots = \ln\left(2\right)$ * The reciprocals of prime numbers produce a divergent series (so the set of primes is "Small set (combinatorics), large"; see divergence of the sum of the reciprocals of the primes): *: $++++++\cdots \rightarrow \infty.$ * The reciprocals of triangular numbers produce a convergent series: *: $++++++\cdots = 2.$ * The reciprocals of factorials produce a convergent series (see e (mathematical constant), e): *: $\frac + \frac + \frac + \frac + \frac + \frac + \cdots = e.$ * The reciprocals of square numbers produce a convergent series (the Basel problem): *: $++++++\cdots = .$ * The reciprocals of power of two, powers of 2 produce a convergent series (so the set of powers of 2 is "Small set (combinatorics), small"): *: $++++++\cdots = 2.$ * The reciprocals of geometric series, powers of any n>1 produce a convergent series: *: $++++++\cdots = .$ * Alternating the signs of reciprocals of power of two, powers of 2 also produces a convergent series: *: $-+-+-+\cdots = .$ * Alternating the signs of reciprocals of powers of any n>1 produces a convergent series: *: $-+-+-+\cdots = .$ * The reciprocals of Fibonacci numbers produce a convergent series (see reciprocal Fibonacci constant, ψ): *: $\frac + \frac + \frac + \frac + \frac + \frac + \cdots = \psi.$

# Convergence tests

There are a number of methods of determining whether a series converges or divergent series, diverges. Direct comparison test, Comparison test. The terms of the sequence $\left \$ are compared to those of another sequence $\left \$. If, for all ''n'', $0 \le \ a_n \le \ b_n$, and $\sum_^\infty b_n$ converges, then so does $\sum_^\infty a_n.$ However, if, for all ''n'', $0 \le \ b_n \le \ a_n$, and $\sum_^\infty b_n$ diverges, then so does $\sum_^\infty a_n.$ Ratio test. Assume that for all ''n'', $a_n$ is not zero. Suppose that there exists $r$ such that :$\lim_ \left, \ = r.$ If ''r'' < 1, then the series is absolutely convergent. If then the series diverges. If the ratio test is inconclusive, and the series may converge or diverge. Root test or ''n''th root test. Suppose that the terms of the sequence in question are non-negative. Define ''r'' as follows: :$r = \limsup_\sqrt\left[n\right],$ :where "lim sup" denotes the limit superior (possibly ∞; if the limit exists it is the same value). If ''r'' < 1, then the series converges. If then the series diverges. If the root test is inconclusive, and the series may converge or diverge. The ratio test and the root test are both based on comparison with a geometric series, and as such they work in similar situations. In fact, if the ratio test works (meaning that the limit exists and is not equal to 1) then so does the root test; the converse, however, is not true. The root test is therefore more generally applicable, but as a practical matter the limit is often difficult to compute for commonly seen types of series. Integral test for convergence, Integral test. The series can be compared to an integral to establish convergence or divergence. Let $f\left(n\right) = a_n$ be a positive and monotonic function, monotonically decreasing function. If :$\int_^ f\left(x\right)\, dx = \lim_ \int_^ f\left(x\right)\, dx < \infty,$ then the series converges. But if the integral diverges, then the series does so as well. Limit comparison test. If $\left \, \left \ > 0$, and the limit $\lim_ \frac$ exists and is not zero, then $\sum_^\infty a_n$ converges if and only if $\sum_^\infty b_n$ converges. Alternating series test. Also known as the ''Leibniz criterion'', the alternating series test states that for an alternating series of the form $\sum_^\infty a_n \left(-1\right)^n$, if $\left \$ is monotonically decreasing, and has a limit of 0 at infinity, then the series converges. Cauchy condensation test. If $\left \$ is a positive monotone decreasing sequence, then $\sum_^\infty a_n$ converges if and only if $\sum_^\infty 2^k a_$ converges. Dirichlet's test Abel's test

# Conditional and absolute convergence

For any sequence $\left \$, $a_n \le \left, a_n \$ for all ''n''. Therefore, :$\sum_^\infty a_n \le \sum_^\infty \left, a_n \.$ This means that if $\sum_^\infty \left, a_n \$ converges, then $\sum_^\infty a_n$ also converges (but not vice versa). If the series $\sum_^\infty \left, a_n \$ converges, then the series $\sum_^\infty a_n$ is absolutely convergent. The Maclaurin series of the exponential function is absolutely convergent for every complex number, complex value of the variable. If the series $\sum_^\infty a_n$ converges but the series $\sum_^\infty \left, a_n \$ diverges, then the series $\sum_^\infty a_n$ is conditionally convergent. The Maclaurin series of the logarithm function $\ln\left(1+x\right)$ is conditionally convergent for . The Riemann series theorem states that if a series converges conditionally, it is possible to rearrange the terms of the series in such a way that the series converges to any value, or even diverges.

# Uniform convergence

Let $\left \$ be a sequence of functions. The series $\sum_^\infty f_n$ is said to converge uniformly to ''f'' if the sequence $\$ of partial sums defined by : $s_n\left(x\right) = \sum_^n f_k \left(x\right)$ converges uniformly to ''f''. There is an analogue of the comparison test for infinite series of functions called the Weierstrass M-test.

# Cauchy convergence criterion

The Cauchy's convergence test, Cauchy convergence criterion states that a series :$\sum_^\infty a_n$ converges if and only if the sequence of partial sums is a Cauchy sequence. This means that for every $\varepsilon > 0,$ there is a positive integer $N$ such that for all $n \geq m \geq N$ we have :$\left, \sum_^n a_k \ < \varepsilon,$ which is equivalent to :$\lim_ \sum_^ a_k = 0.$