Summing Infinite Series

Why Bother with Infinite Series
After all, aren't they difficult?

Why is the Subject of Infinite Series Difficult?
It is not intuitive.

What is the sum of an infinite series?
It isn't so obvious.

Convergent Infinite Series
The notion of sum as limit of the sequence of partial sums.

Is the Order of Terms Important?
There is a big difference between absolutely convergent series and conditionally convergent series.

Summable Infinite Series
What about the sum of the powers of i (the square root of -1)?

The notion of distance
There is more than one kind of distance. Each kind of distance determines a kind of limit.

The uniform metric
Distance between functions on an interval rather than distance between numbers.

Is there any way to sum the series 1 + 2 + 22 + 23 + ... ?
Well, maybe. It's all a question of what the rules are.

When the answer is no:

When the answer is maybe yes:


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