School of Mathematics & Applied Statistics
MATH188: Algebra and Differential Calculus
Tutorial Assignment 2 - Spring 2020
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1. For what values of a ∈ R does the series
∞∑
n=1
( −4
2 + a
)n
converge?
2. Let a > 1.
(a) Show that an > n(a− 1) for all n ≥ 1. [Hint: Write a = 1 + b, where b > 0, and use the Binomial Theorem. ]
(b) Use the above to prove that lim
n→∞
1
an
= 0.
(c) Deduce using l’Hoˆpital’s rule that lim
n→∞
n
an
= 0. (Note: by the definition of a sequence, you cannot differentiate
a sequence.)
(d) Use (c) and the Comparison Ratio Test to show that
∞∑
n=1
1
en − n converges.
3. Determine, justifying your conclusions, if the following series converge absolutely, converge conditionally or diverge.
(a)
∞∑
n=1
(−1)nn6
3n6 − n (b)
∞∑
n=1
n3 + sinn
2n5 − n3 (c)
∞∑
n=1
n!
(2n)!
(d)
∞∑
n=1
(−1)n ln (n)
n
(e)
∞∑
n=1
(−1)nn2
2n
4. Write down the form of the partial fraction decomposition for the following rational functions.
Do not find the numerical values of the constants.
(a)
x3 + 4
(x + 3)(x− 1)(x2 − 3) (b)
4x2 + 1
x3(x + 1)(x2 − 1)(x2 + 2x + 2)2
5. Evaluate the following integrals.
(a)

sin 4x cos 3x dx (b)

sin3 x cos4 x dx (c)

x2e−x dx
(d)

x2 dx
x2 + 4x
(e)

dx
x2 + 4x + 4
(f)

dx
x2 + 4x + 5
(g)
∫ √
9 + x2 dx (h)
∫ ∞
0
dx
x2 + 9

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