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Math and science::Analysis::Tao::07. Series

Absolute convergence, and the absolute convergence test 

Absolute convergence, definition

Let \( \sum_{n=m}^{\infty}a_n \) be a formal series of real numbers. The series is said to be absolutely convergent if the series [...] is [...].

In order to distinguish convergence from absolute convergence, we sometimes refer to the former as [...] convergence.

Absolute convergence test

Let \( \sum_{n=m}^{\infty}a_n \) be a formal series of real numbers. If the series is [...], then it is also [...]. Furthermore, in this case we have the triangle inequality

\[ \left| \sum_{n=m}^{\infty}a_n \right| \le \sum_{n=m}^{\infty}|a_n| \]

Note that the converse of this proposition is not true; there exists series that are conditionally convergent but are not absolutely convergent.