OpenStudy (anonymous):

Calc II Alternating Remainder Estimate Help Needed

5 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

Determine the smallest number of terms required to approximate the sum of the series with an error less than 0.0001. \[\sum_{n}^{\infty}(-7^k)/(6^kk!)\]

5 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

I understand that you would set the sum equal to .0001 and solve for k. Right?

5 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

I can simplify the equation by saying (1/k!)x(7/6)^k right?

5 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

If I understood the problem correctly, there are a couple of ways to do it. Remember that the remainder estimate for alternating series is given by:\[|R_n| \le b_{n+1}\]So yeah, you can simplify it and put in the form:\[0,0001 \le \frac{7^{k+1}}{6^{k+1}(k+1)!} = \frac{1}{(k+1)!}*(\frac{7}{6})^{k+1}\]Or if you have a calculator, you can start expanding some terms until one of them is < 0.0001

5 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

I did that and I got to the seventh term, it was the right answer! Thanks! But on the test I won't be able to use a calculator, can this problem be solved some way w/o one?

5 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

If they ask for the smallest number, I guess you have to 1) manually compute the values or 2) solve an equation of the form above. If they do not, just pick a reasonable number and compute it, like n = 10. Very likely the error will be really small and it would suffice the boundary for |Rn|

5 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

And by the way, doing a series test without a calculator sucks a lot, huh

5 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

I agree with @bmp and add that you must fire your teacher.

5 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

Im not sure if we will be given this same type of problem but we did go over a problem like this in class that was WAY easier that we solved with very little effort

5 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

Why should one compute 7^k for k=1 to 7 and similar problems by hand. Those antiquated teachers should be trained to undersatand that the world has changed and they should follow the flow.

5 years ago