improper integrals, convergent or divergent? please help!  TOPIC_SOLVED

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improper integrals, convergent or divergent? please help!

Postby mike09 on Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:33 pm

Hi, I'm having a terribly difficult time deciphering whether an improper integral is divergent or convergent.

From what I notice, is it divergent whenever the answer is infinity? and convergent whenever the answer equals a specific number?

I just got an answer that is:

the limit as a approaches negative infinity -1/2a^2 + the limit as b approaches infinity 1/2b^2

is the answer infinity because if you plug any number into a it gets infinitely smaller and if you plug any number into b it gets infinitely bigger? is that explanation correct?

I also just got another answer that is:
the limit as b approaches negative infinity (1/2-1/2e^2b)=1/2 ............how does 1/2e^2b as b is approaching negative infinty equal zero for that to be true? I don't see that at all. Thanks in advance for any help.
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Re: improper integrals, convergent or divergent? please help  TOPIC_SOLVED

Postby nona.m.nona on Tue Nov 27, 2012 11:20 pm

mike09 wrote:...is it divergent whenever the answer is infinity? and convergent whenever the answer equals a specific number?

To be convergent, an integral must have a finite value. If the value is not finite, then the integral, by definition, does not converge.

mike09 wrote:the limit as a approaches negative infinity -1/2a^2 + the limit as b approaches infinity 1/2b^2

Your formatting is unclear. Is the sum either of the following?





I suspect the former is intended.

Are you given any relationship between "a" and "b"?

mike09 wrote:the limit as b approaches negative infinity (1/2-1/2e^2b)=1/2 ............how does 1/2e^2b as b is approaching negative infinty equal zero for that to be true?

Is the expression meant to be as follows?



If so, then: What expression did you obtain after converting to the common denominator, combining, and then dividing the numerator and denominator by e2b?
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Re: improper integrals, convergent or divergent? please help

Postby mike09 on Thu Nov 29, 2012 3:04 am

hey sorry about the formatting, I was able to figure it out though today in class. Appreciate ya trying to help.
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