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**niharika_kumar****Member**- From: Numeraland
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pls tell me is there any easier way to solve the following:-

friendship is tan 90°.

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi,

Think "partial fractions" and "telescoping series".

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**niharika_kumar****Member**- From: Numeraland
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pls explain.

friendship is tan 90°.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Here is a little hint:

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**bob bundy****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi niharika_kumar

You'll find every fraction can be split like this and then you can do a lot of cancelling out.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Did you get the answer?

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**niharika_kumar****Member**- From: Numeraland
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and if there is a long series, then is it necessary to compute each one?

don't you think it will be time consuming.

friendship is tan 90°.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Nope, it is rather easy! No computation necessary.

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**niharika_kumar****Member**- From: Numeraland
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pls. explain

friendship is tan 90°.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Now subtract the bottom one from the top one. The technique is called telescoping. Notice the massive cancellations making the sum to any amount of terms easy.

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**niharika_kumar****Member**- From: Numeraland
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so here the answer is

.right?its a nice method but if we have just one equation like

what do we need to do now?

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

When you have a series you must guess at the general term. You can play spot the pattern or you can use curve fitting but you will come up with

just as Nehushtan did above. You break it into partial fractions as above:

Now you telescope it out

Now just subtract the bottom from the top, again with massive cancellations.

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**niharika_kumar****Member**- From: Numeraland
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thanks again!

I initially couldn't understand it clearly.

thanks again.....

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Very good!

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