Chapter 12.5 Puzzle
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Compute the first six partial sums of .
This series is called the alternating harmonic series.
Will any of the partial sums of the alternating harmonic series
exceed 1? Will any of the partial sums of the alternating series
be negative? Explain your answers.
Fill in the first 14 terms of the alternating harmonic series
in the top row of boxes provided below. Be sure to put the +
and signs inside the boxes.
Fill in the first seven terms of half the alternating harmonic
series in the middle row of boxes. (Note that each box in the
second line is not equal to half of the box directly above it,
due to the way we staggered the boxes).
Add the series for X to the series for X/2 to get a series
for 3X/2. Do this by adding column by column.
Note that the terms in the series 3X/2 are exactly the same
as the terms for the series for X. That is, the series for 3X/2
is a rearrangement of the series for X. Can we conclude that
the sum 3X/2 is the same as the sum X? That is, does it follow
that 3X/2 = X?
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