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# Test the improper integral ∫ 1 / (x1/2 log x) for convergence

Test the following improper integral for convergence: The integral diverges.

Proof. First, we show that for all . To do this let This derivative is 0 at and is less than 0 for and greater than 0 for . Hence, has a minimum at . But, (since implies ). So, has a minimum at and is positive there; thus, it is positive for all , or So, since we know But then, consider the limit Therefore, by the limit comparison test (Theorem 10.25), the convergence of would imply the convergence of (for any ), but we know by Example 5 that this integral diverges. Hence, we must also have the divergence of 1. Medusa says:

RoRi, dude, log x<0 for 0<x<1 that said it isn't possible to 1/[sqrt(x) log(x)] to be greater than 1/x

2. Rafael Deiga says:

You are wrong about theorem 7.11. The hypothesis of theorem 7.11 is with x is going to infinity, not to zero.

• Medusa says:

Rafael, the book says that the theorem is easily exploted to other situations, such as the x approaching 0.