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Alternating Series

Activity Overview

Students will use the capabilities of their handhelds to find limits and compare two series to determine if the alternating series converges or diverges. Then students will approximate the sum of an alternating series by using a table to find partial sums and using the Alternating Series Remainder theorem.

Before the Activity

Download the attached PDF and look over the information on the first page. Download and distribute the attached TI-Nspire document (.tns file) and Student Worksheet for use during the activity. A TI-Nspire document containing expected student results is also available for download.

During the Activity

Discuss the material from the activity pages and worksheet with students as needed.

After the Activity

Encourage students to summarize what they have learned from completing the activity.