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Posted by **Lisa** on Monday, July 29, 2013 at 10:34am.

(x^3)* (e^(-x^4))

Does it converge or diverge and use the integral test to show how. I got that it diverges, but this isn't correct. Can someone please explain? Thanks.

- Calculus-Series -
**MathMate**, Monday, July 29, 2013 at 11:08amI assume the expression is

(n^3)* (e^(-n^4)) for n=1 to +&inf;

You can use the ratio test to show that it converges, namely, show that

a_{n+1}/a_{n}< 1 ∀ k≥1.

The integral test will result in a definite integral from 1 to +&inf; which is not an elementary function, but evaluates numerically to about 0.09. However, this still shows that the series is convergent.

- Calculus-Series -
**Count Iblis**, Monday, July 29, 2013 at 11:39amIntegral from 1 to infinity of

(x^3)* (e^(-x^4)) dx =

1/4 exp(-1)

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