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Re: Limit of an Integer Function

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  • Subject: [mg18822] Re: Limit of an Integer Function
  • From: "Alex Scheitlin" <alex-s at>
  • Date: Thu, 22 Jul 1999 08:19:35 -0400
  • Organization: AT&T WorldNet Services
  • References: <7n12ad$>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Seems like an idiotic way to do it but

Sum[Sin[n \[Pi]] - Sin[(n - 1)\[Pi]], {n, 1, \[Infinity]}]


In general:


Phil Mendelsohn <mend0070 at> wrote in message
news:7n12ad$bcq at
> I seem to have found a blind spot in my knowledge of how to get
> Mathematica to evaluate limits.
> I want to evaluate the limit of a function where the domain is a member
> of the Natural numbers, such as infinite series.  It seems that Limit
> assumes that the function is continuous.
> For example, if I asked
> Limit[Sin[ n Pi ],n-> Infinity], mathematica would return:
> Interval[{-1,1}].  This is true if n is a member of the Reals, but not
> true if n is a positive integer (in which case the limit would be 0.]
> Is there another function I should use?  Or would it be nice to specify
> the domain of the function as a feature request?
> Phil Mendelsohn

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