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## #1 2020-03-25 23:25:25

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### Sequences

How would the limit of an sequence be oscillatory explain with an example?

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## #2 2020-03-26 01:04:50

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### Re: Sequences

I can think of two ways of interpreting this question.  My first thought was

1,  -1,  1,  -1,  1,  -1,  ……..

The sum of terms oscillates between 1 and zero depending on whether you've reached an odd term or an even.

But then I thought: can you really refer to this as a limit if we're not getting closer and closer to a value?

Here's an example where the terms do tend to a limit but oscillating either side of that value:

1/1,  2/1,  3/2,  5/3,  8/5,  13/8,  21/13,  …….

The numbers are successive numbers in the Fibonacci sequence (term r+2 is calculated by adding term r and term r+1) and tends to the golden ratio, 1.618....

Bob

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## #3 2020-03-27 07:11:45

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### Re: Sequences

Hmm, it is hard to guess what the OP meant

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## #4 2020-03-27 14:32:58

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### Re: Sequences

Did you mean order in probability?

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