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# How is that possible??

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Note by Atul Shivam
2 years ago

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I guess that you cannot let $$S=1+2+4+8+16+\ldots \infty$$ because the sum of the geometric progression does not converge (approaches infinity). Also, you cannot subtract equation $$(2)$$ with $$(1)$$ because both $$S$$ and $$2S$$ do not exist.

- 2 years ago

I think you mean to say ,we can't find sum of geometric progression which converges to infinity!!! Is it so ???

- 2 years ago

Yes sorry for not being clear.

- 2 years ago

Got a reason. If S is infinity. Then 2*infinity is also infinity. This means there will be nothing like 2S for infinity.Also you can't apply operations like addition or subtraction etc to infinity. If you will say that assuming n terms where n tends to infinity and apply operations. Then the result will be something which is likely to be.

- 2 years ago

Before writing the statement "S is equal to.." you must prove the convergence of the series. If the series converges, then only it has a limiting value, which you may call S. If you assume that S exists before proving its existence, then anomalous results as the above may pop up. Here the series does not converge (rather it diverges) simply because its the sequence of its partial sums is not bounded.

- 1 year, 10 months ago

It looks like to be on the same pattern as we derive formula for infinite sum of G.P. But there was |r| < 1. We can't use this pattern in such case where |x| > 1. Because the terms are increasing at a large rate and uncertainty of one last infinitely large term may result in false value.

- 2 years ago

I don't think so as we can add or subtract anything to infinity and it will not affect anything

- 2 years ago

For |x|> 1 G.P. diverges. So, sum can't be found.

- 2 years ago

What do you want to say, Can you please elaborate

- 2 years ago

Well, i just want to say that infinity doesn't follow elementary operations. I need some time to give a proper explanation. I am very sorry that i couldn't explain it.

- 2 years ago

Oh!!! Is it so

- 2 years ago

Uncertainty of one term may result in this false value. Because if you get to same approach by using sigma instead of value. You will get the desired result. Explain me if you know the exact reason.

- 2 years ago

Because infinite does not follow general Algebraic rule of operations(+,-,x,÷).

- 2 years ago

Hey are you still in ISM dhanbad ???

- 2 years ago

Let us take an another geometric progression $$T_n= 1,\frac {1}{2},\frac {1}{4},\frac {1}{8},\frac {1}{16}......$$ and let $$S$$ be it's sum
I.e $$S= (1+\frac {1}{2}+\frac {1}{4}+\frac {1}{8}+\frac {1}{16}......)----(1)$$ $$(2S =2+1+\frac {1}{2}+\frac {1}{4}+\frac {1}{8}+\frac {1}{16}......)----(2)$$ Now $$2S-2= (1+\frac {1}{2}+\frac {1}{4}+\frac {1}{8}+\frac {1}{16}......)$$
$$2S=4$$ and hence $$S= 2$$ which is absolutely correct as $$S$$ has actual value of $$+2$$. Why it seems to be correct and not the above one

sorry for my poor English I am not very much fluent $$:-)$$

- 2 years ago

That's what I said earlier your procedure is correct when S is finite but same thing is not applicable when S is infinite because the value of $$\displaystyle \infty - \infty$$ cannot be determined. I am in 1st year of college(my age is 18).

- 2 years ago

I was just asking because I am in the same city:)

- 2 years ago

Congratulations for ur first step towards success

- 2 years ago