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Unit 1: Limits and Continuity

Unit 2: Differentiation: Definition and Fundamental Properties

Unit 3: Differentiation: Composite, Implicit, and Inverse Functions

Unit 4: Contextual Applications of Differentiation

Unit 5: Analytical Applications of Differentiation

Unit 6: Integration and Accumulation of Change

Unit 7: Differential Equations

Unit 8: Applications of Integration

Unit 9: Parametric Equations, Polar Coordinates, and Vector-Valued Functions

Unit 10: Infinite Sequences and Series

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Princeton Review AP Calculus BC, Chapter 12: Infinite Sequences and Series

**Sequence:**An infinite succession of numbers that follow a patternUsually denoted with a subscript using aₙ

Usually the terms are generated by a formula, ex. aₙ=(n-1)/n beginning with n=1 is 0, 1/2, 2/3, etc.

n is always an integer

Officially:

“A sequence has a limit L if for any ε>0 there is an associated positive integer

*N*such that |aₙ - L| < ε for all*n*≥*N.*If so, the sequence converges to*L*and we write lim (n → ∞) aₙ = L”If a sequence has no finite limit, it diverges.

**Infinite Series**An infinite series is an expression of the form a₁ + a₂ + a₃… + aₖ + …. The numbers a₁, a₂, a₃, etc. are the

*terms*of the seriesIn other words, an infinite series is a sequence of terms where the terms are added up, there is a pattern to the order of the terms, and there are an infinite number of terms.

As

*n*increases, the partial sum includes more and more terms of the series. So if aₙ approaches a limit as n approaches ∞, then this limit is likely to be the sum of all of the terms in the series, thus a**convergence.**If the sequence of partial sums converges to a limit

*S,*then the series is said to converge and S is called the sum of the series.If the sequence of partial sums diverges (doesn’t have a limit), then the series is said to diverge which means that a divergent series has no sum.

Used in the form of ∞Σ(n=1) a*r^(n-1)

These show up often on the AP exam: often asked to determine whether the series converges or diverges, and if it converges, to what limit.

If |r|<1, the series converges

If |r|>1, the series diverges

For example, the series (1/2)+(1/2^2)+(1/2^3) converges, while 2+2^2+2^3 diverges.

If a geometric series converges, you can figure its sum out by doing the following:

Multiply the expression by r

aₙ = a + ar + ar^2 + ar^3… + ar^(n-1) → raₙ = a + ar + ar^2 + ar^3… + ar^(n-1)

Subtract the second expression from the first

aₙ - raₙ = a - ar^n

Factor out aₙ from the left side

aₙ(1-r)=a-ar^n

Divide through by (1-r)

aₙ=(a(1-r^n))/(1-r)

If we want to find the sum of the first

*n*terms of a geometric series, we use the following formula:

For an infinite geometric series, if it converges, lim (n→∞) r^n = 0, and its sum is found this way:

S = (a)/(1-r)

**The***n*th Term Test For DivergenceThe nth term test means we find the limit of the series and see if we get zero or not

If the limit = L (any number other than 0), the series diverges

If the limit = 0, we need to choose a different test

**Integral Test for Convergence****If f is positive, continuous, and decreasing for x≥1, and aₙ=f(n), then**

Either both converge or both diverge.

In other words, if you want to test convergence for a series with positive terms, evaluate the integral and see if it converges.

Harmonic Series: (1/n) pattern

Might look as though it is converging, but it diverges

The sums are not approaching a limit, so as the sequence of partial sus diverges, so does the sequence of partial sums for the harmonic series

*p*-Series

A series of the form (1/n^p) converges if p>1 and diverges if 0<p<1

**Comparison Tests for Convergence**

Let 0 ≤ aₙ ≤ bₙ for all

*n*If the summation of bₙ from 1 to ∞ converges, then the summation of aₙ from 1 to ∞ converges

If the summation of aₙ from 1 to ∞ diverges, then the summation of bₙ from 1 to ∞ diverges

Essentially, if all of the terms of a series are less than those of a convergent series, then it too converges. If all of the terms of a series are greater than those of a divergent series, then it too diverges

**Limit Comparison Test**

**Alternating Series Test for Convergence**

Used for terms that alternate between positive and negative

The series using (-1)^(n+1) bₙ converges if the following conditions are all satisfied

bₙ > 0 (which means that the terms must alternate in sign)

bₙ > bₙ₊₁ for all

*n*bₙ → 0 as n → ∞

The series Σaₙ converges absolutely if the corresponding series Σ|aₙ| converges

**Ratio Test for Convergence**

**Determining Absolute or Conditional Convergence**

Sometimes, an alternating series will converge, but when we look at the absolute value of the terms, it doesn’t.

An alternating series that is not absolutely convergent is called conditionally convergent

**Alternating Series Error Bound**

When summing an alternating series with a finite number of terms, the sum will not be the same as the sum with an infinite number

If we want to find the error, we need to evaluate | S-Sₙ |

Can put a bound on the error: a number that the error is less than, which is simply the absolute value of the next term in the alternating series

If summing the first 10 terms in an alternating series, the error will be less than the absolute value of the eleventh term

**Finding Taylor Polynomial Approximations of Functions**

We can approximate a function on an interval centered at x=a by using a Taylor series (if centered about x=0, it’s a Maclurin series).

In a Taylor polynomial, the terms are found from thee derivatives of f as follows:

If

*f*can be differentiated*n*times at*a*, then the*n*th Taylor polynomial about x=a ispₙx = f(

*a*) + f’(*a*)(x-a) + (f’’(a)/2!)(x-a)^2+ (f’’’(a)/3!)(x-a)^3+… + (f^(n)(a)/n!)(x-a)^n(x-a)^n

**Lagrange Error Bound**

The “error bound” of a Taylor polynomial, aka the Lagrange error

If you are finding an

*n*th degree Taylor polynomial, a good approximation to the error bound is the next nonzero term in a decreasing series.

**Radius and Interval of Convergence of Power Series**

Going from n = 0 to n = ∞ instead of n = 1 to n = ∞

Radius of convergence: R.

If the series converges only for x=0, the radius of convergence is 0

If the series converges absolutely for all x, the radius is all x

Set of all values of X (-R, R) is the interval of convergence

**Representing Functions as Power Series**

We can use differentiation and integration of power series to find the power series of other functions

Can approximate the integral using its Maclurin and approximate the solution using the aforementioned series

Find a new Taylor series from a known Taylor series.

**Sequence:**An infinite succession of numbers that follow a patternUsually denoted with a subscript using aₙ

Usually the terms are generated by a formula, ex. aₙ=(n-1)/n beginning with n=1 is 0, 1/2, 2/3, etc.

n is always an integer

Officially:

“A sequence has a limit L if for any ε>0 there is an associated positive integer

*N*such that |aₙ - L| < ε for all*n*≥*N.*If so, the sequence converges to*L*and we write lim (n → ∞) aₙ = L”If a sequence has no finite limit, it diverges.

**Infinite Series**An infinite series is an expression of the form a₁ + a₂ + a₃… + aₖ + …. The numbers a₁, a₂, a₃, etc. are the

*terms*of the seriesIn other words, an infinite series is a sequence of terms where the terms are added up, there is a pattern to the order of the terms, and there are an infinite number of terms.

As

*n*increases, the partial sum includes more and more terms of the series. So if aₙ approaches a limit as n approaches ∞, then this limit is likely to be the sum of all of the terms in the series, thus a**convergence.**If the sequence of partial sums converges to a limit

*S,*then the series is said to converge and S is called the sum of the series.If the sequence of partial sums diverges (doesn’t have a limit), then the series is said to diverge which means that a divergent series has no sum.

Used in the form of ∞Σ(n=1) a*r^(n-1)

These show up often on the AP exam: often asked to determine whether the series converges or diverges, and if it converges, to what limit.

If |r|<1, the series converges

If |r|>1, the series diverges

For example, the series (1/2)+(1/2^2)+(1/2^3) converges, while 2+2^2+2^3 diverges.

If a geometric series converges, you can figure its sum out by doing the following:

Multiply the expression by r

aₙ = a + ar + ar^2 + ar^3… + ar^(n-1) → raₙ = a + ar + ar^2 + ar^3… + ar^(n-1)

Subtract the second expression from the first

aₙ - raₙ = a - ar^n

Factor out aₙ from the left side

aₙ(1-r)=a-ar^n

Divide through by (1-r)

aₙ=(a(1-r^n))/(1-r)

If we want to find the sum of the first

*n*terms of a geometric series, we use the following formula:

For an infinite geometric series, if it converges, lim (n→∞) r^n = 0, and its sum is found this way:

S = (a)/(1-r)

**The***n*th Term Test For DivergenceThe nth term test means we find the limit of the series and see if we get zero or not

If the limit = L (any number other than 0), the series diverges

If the limit = 0, we need to choose a different test

**Integral Test for Convergence****If f is positive, continuous, and decreasing for x≥1, and aₙ=f(n), then**

Either both converge or both diverge.

In other words, if you want to test convergence for a series with positive terms, evaluate the integral and see if it converges.

Harmonic Series: (1/n) pattern

Might look as though it is converging, but it diverges

The sums are not approaching a limit, so as the sequence of partial sus diverges, so does the sequence of partial sums for the harmonic series

*p*-Series

A series of the form (1/n^p) converges if p>1 and diverges if 0<p<1

**Comparison Tests for Convergence**

Let 0 ≤ aₙ ≤ bₙ for all

*n*If the summation of bₙ from 1 to ∞ converges, then the summation of aₙ from 1 to ∞ converges

If the summation of aₙ from 1 to ∞ diverges, then the summation of bₙ from 1 to ∞ diverges

Essentially, if all of the terms of a series are less than those of a convergent series, then it too converges. If all of the terms of a series are greater than those of a divergent series, then it too diverges

**Limit Comparison Test**

**Alternating Series Test for Convergence**

Used for terms that alternate between positive and negative

The series using (-1)^(n+1) bₙ converges if the following conditions are all satisfied

bₙ > 0 (which means that the terms must alternate in sign)

bₙ > bₙ₊₁ for all

*n*bₙ → 0 as n → ∞

The series Σaₙ converges absolutely if the corresponding series Σ|aₙ| converges

**Ratio Test for Convergence**

**Determining Absolute or Conditional Convergence**

Sometimes, an alternating series will converge, but when we look at the absolute value of the terms, it doesn’t.

An alternating series that is not absolutely convergent is called conditionally convergent

**Alternating Series Error Bound**

When summing an alternating series with a finite number of terms, the sum will not be the same as the sum with an infinite number

If we want to find the error, we need to evaluate | S-Sₙ |

Can put a bound on the error: a number that the error is less than, which is simply the absolute value of the next term in the alternating series

If summing the first 10 terms in an alternating series, the error will be less than the absolute value of the eleventh term

**Finding Taylor Polynomial Approximations of Functions**

We can approximate a function on an interval centered at x=a by using a Taylor series (if centered about x=0, it’s a Maclurin series).

In a Taylor polynomial, the terms are found from thee derivatives of f as follows:

If

*f*can be differentiated*n*times at*a*, then the*n*th Taylor polynomial about x=a ispₙx = f(

*a*) + f’(*a*)(x-a) + (f’’(a)/2!)(x-a)^2+ (f’’’(a)/3!)(x-a)^3+… + (f^(n)(a)/n!)(x-a)^n(x-a)^n

**Lagrange Error Bound**

The “error bound” of a Taylor polynomial, aka the Lagrange error

If you are finding an

*n*th degree Taylor polynomial, a good approximation to the error bound is the next nonzero term in a decreasing series.

**Radius and Interval of Convergence of Power Series**

Going from n = 0 to n = ∞ instead of n = 1 to n = ∞

Radius of convergence: R.

If the series converges only for x=0, the radius of convergence is 0

If the series converges absolutely for all x, the radius is all x

Set of all values of X (-R, R) is the interval of convergence

**Representing Functions as Power Series**

We can use differentiation and integration of power series to find the power series of other functions

Can approximate the integral using its Maclurin and approximate the solution using the aforementioned series

Find a new Taylor series from a known Taylor series.

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Other AP Calculus BC unit study guides

AP Calculus BC Ultimate Guide

Unit 1: Limits and Continuity

Unit 2: Differentiation: Definition and Fundamental Properties

Unit 3: Differentiation: Composite, Implicit, and Inverse Functions

Unit 4: Contextual Applications of Differentiation

Unit 5: Analytical Applications of Differentiation

Unit 6: Integration and Accumulation of Change

Unit 7: Differential Equations

Unit 8: Applications of Integration

Unit 9: Parametric Equations, Polar Coordinates, and Vector-Valued Functions

Unit 10: Infinite Sequences and Series

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