Series of Power over Factorial Converges

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The series $\displaystyle \sum_{n \mathop = 0}^\infty \frac {x^n} {n!}$ converges for all real values of $x$.


If $x = 0$ the result is trivially true as:

$\forall n \ge 1: \dfrac {0^n} {n!} = 0$

If $x \ne 0$ we have:

$\left|{\dfrac{\left({\dfrac {x^{n+1}} {(n+1)!}}\right)}{\left({\dfrac {x^n}{n!}}\right)}}\right| = \dfrac {\left|{x}\right|} {n+1} \to 0$

as $n \to \infty$.

This follows from the results:

Hence by the Ratio Test: $\displaystyle \sum_{n \mathop = 0}^\infty \frac {x^n} {n!}$ converges.


Alternatively, the Comparison Test could be used but this is more cumbersome in this instance.

Another alternative is to view this as an example of Radius of Convergence of Power Series over Factorial setting $\xi = 0$.

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