How can I evaluate ∑∞n=0(n+1)xn\sum_{n=0}^\infty(n+1)x^n?

How can I evaluate
I know the answer thanks to Wolfram Alpha, but I’m more concerned with how I can derive that answer. It cites tests to prove that it is convergent, but my class has never learned these before. So I feel that there must be a simpler method.

In general, how can I evaluate n=0(n+1)xn?


No need to use Taylor series, this can be derived in a similar way to the formula for geometric series. Let’s find a general formula for the following sum: Sm=mn=1nrn.

Notice that
This equality holds for any r, but in your case we have r=13 and a factor of 23 in front of the sum. That is

Added note:

We can define S_m^k(r) = \sum_{n=1}^m n^k r^n. Then the sum above considered is S_m^1(r), and the geometric series is S_m^0(r). We can evaluate S_m^2(r) by using a similar trick, and considering S_m^2(r) – rS_m^2(r). This will then equal a combination of S_m^1(r) and S_m^0(r) which already have formulas for.

This means that given a k, we could work out a formula for S_m^k(r), but can we find S_m^k(r) in general for any k? It turns out we can, and the formula is similar to the formula for \sum_{n=1}^m n^k, and involves the Bernoulli numbers. In particular, the denominator is (1-r)^{k+1}.

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