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Series and Integrals: A Revealing Comparison

Series and Integrals: A Revealing Comparison

After covering the standard course material on infinite series and their sums and the Integral Test for series convergence, Calculus II students are given a write-pair-share activity that directs them to clearly explain the difference between a series and its related integral and explain why the sum of the series is greater than the value of the corresponding integral. Afterwards, the instructor employs a Web-based applet that visually displays graphs of both the series and the integral so that students can see the relationship between them.



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