What are some examples of divergent series?
A series is a sum of infinite terms, and the series is said to be divergent if its "value" is
A necessary condition for the series to converge is that the terms tend to zero. This is quite intuitive: if you add infinite terms, and those terms are always "big", your sum becomes bigger and bigger at every step, and so it must diverge. So, for example, any series which sum costants must diverge:
The situation is even worse if the terms you're adding grow bigger:
Finally, even if the terms tend to zero, some series diverge anyway: the main example is