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Test of Mathematics Solution Subjective 155 -The Lim 1/(n+r) Problem

Test of Mathematics at the 10+2 Level

This is a Test of Mathematics Solution Subjective 155 (from ISI Entrance). The book, Test of Mathematics at 10+2 Level is Published by East West Press. This problem book is indispensable for the preparation of I.S.I. B.Stat and B.Math Entrance.


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Problem

  Evaluate: $ \lim_{n\to\infty} (\frac{1}{n+1}+\frac{1}{n+2}+\frac{1}{n+3}+...+\frac{1}{n+n})$


Solution

As the title suggests the modification of this problem will be, that we will solve a more general series and then use a specific value to arrive at the solution of this problem.

First let us consider the following limit:

$ \lim_{n\to\infty} (\frac{1}{n+1}+\frac{1}{n+2}+\frac{1}{n+3}+...+\frac{1}{n+kn})$

Observe carefully that using k=1 in this limit, we get the limit that has been asked to evaluate.

Now

$ \lim_{n\to\infty} (\frac{1}{n+1}+\frac{1}{n+2}+\frac{1}{n+3}+...+\frac{1}{n+n}) = \lim_{n\to\infty} (\sum_{r=1}^{kn} \frac{1}{n+r})$

$ = \lim_{n\to\infty} (\sum_{r=1}^{kn} \frac{\frac{1}{n}}{1+\frac{r}{n}})$

$ = \lim_{n\to\infty}\frac{1}{n} (\sum_{r=1}^{kn} \frac{1}{1+\frac{r}{n}})$

Let's substitute $ \frac{r}{n} = x  =>  dr = ndx$

Now we can change the sum to an integral

$ => \lim_{n\to\infty} (\sum_{r=1}^{kn} \frac{\frac{1}{n}}{1+\frac{r}{n}}) = \lim_{n\to\infty} \frac{1}{n}*n\int_{0}^{k} \frac{1}{1+x} dx $

$ = \lim_{n\to\infty}( log |x+1|_{k} -  log |x+1|_{0})$

$ = \lim_{n\to\infty} log |k+1|$

$ = log |k+1|$                     (As the term is an 'n' free term)

So we see the solution is $ = log |k+1|$ 

Substituting k=1, we get 

$ \lim_{n\to\infty} (\frac{1}{n+1}+\frac{1}{n+2}+\frac{1}{n+3}+...+\frac{1}{n+n}) = \log {2}$ 

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