This calculus 2 video tutorial provides a basic introduction into the integral test for convergence and divergence of a series with improper integrals. To perform the integral test, let the sequence be equal to a function that is continuous, positive, and decreasing on the interval [1, infinity). If these conditions are met, then the infinite series will converge if the definite integral from 1 to infinity converges. If the integral test is divergent, then the series is divergent as well. Examples and practice problems include integration techniques such as u-substitution, power rule for integration, trigonometric substitution which leads to inverse tangent functions, and completing the square before integration. The divergent harmonic series is included in this video as well.
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