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ERIC Number: EJ996313
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1051-1970
Geometric Series via Probability
Tesman, Barry
PRIMUS, v23 n1 p45-49 2012
Infinite series is a challenging topic in the undergraduate mathematics curriculum for many students. In fact, there is a vast literature in mathematics education research on convergence issues. One of the most important types of infinite series is the geometric series. Their beauty lies in the fact that they can be evaluated explicitly and that they are often used to study other types of series. Typically, the proof of convergence/divergence and sum of the series is one of the first proofs in the infinite series module. In this article, the author introduces a new way to find the sum of a convergent geometric series from a probability theory perspective. This approach has been implemented in a calculus laboratory setting using a multi-player card game. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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