- Topics At a Glance
- Series: This is the Sum That Doesn't End
- Sigma Notation
- Alternating Series
- Convergence of Series
- Finally, Meaning...and Food
- Relationship Between Sequences
- Math-e-magics?
- When Limits of Summation Don't Matter
- Properties of Series
- Special Cases
- Arithmetic Series
- Geometric Series
- Finite Geometric Series
- Infinite Geometric Series
- Decimal Expansion
- Word Problems
**Visualization of Series**- When Limits of Summation Don't Matter
- Tests for Convergence
- The Divergence Test
- The Alternating Series Test
- The Ratio Test
- The Integral Test
- The Comparison Test
- Absolute Convergence vs. Conditional Convergence
- Summary of Tests
- Taylor and Maclaurin Series
- In the Real World
- I Like Abstract Stuff; Why Should I Care?
- How to Solve a Math Problem

We've already mentioned that series and integrals are much alike. The integral is the series' brother from another mother. Before we put on our x-ray glasses and take a closer look at convergence and divergence of series, we need to review and discuss two things: basic integral definitions, convergence, and divergence; and visualizing sequences and series.

Since we've already discussed everything we need to know about integrals, we've listed the important concepts here:

- weighted area, including left- and right-hand sums

- improper integrals with an infinite limit of integration

- what it means for such integrals to converge or diverge

- comparison of improper integrals

- the p-test for integral convergence

If you feel unsure about any of these, be sure to go review before we dive headfirst into the new stuff.

We already know we can visualize a sequence on a 2-D graph. We make the horizontal axis show which term we're on and the vertical axis show the value of that term.

Because they are sort of flat, we are going to use grilled cheese sandwiches to visualize series in 2-D.

First, we have a difficult question for you to answer; it is sure to confuse you for hours. What happens to the value of a number if you multiply it by 1?

The value of the number doesn't change. We sincerely hope you got that question right.

What is the area of a grilled cheese sandwich with height *a _{n}* and width 1?

Answer.

The area of the sandwich looks like this:

Its area is

(height)(width) = *a _{n}*(1) =

Example 1

Visualize the harmonic series on a 2-D graph. |

Exercise 1

Find the area covered by the three grilled cheese sandwiches shown below.

Exercise 2

Visualize the harmonic series

on a 2-D graph. Draw the rectangle for each term *a _{n}* on the interval [

Exercise 3

Draw 2-D graphs to visualize the series

using (a) a left-hand sum and (b) a right-hand sum.