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**iamfriendly****Member**- Registered: 2009-07-03
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Here is the question:

what is the difference for the equation of "square of 1 - square of 2 + square of 3 - square of 4........+ square of 99 - square of 100"?

I got -5500, is that correct?

Please give any assitance!

Thank you for helping!!!:D

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi iamfriendly;

I don't think that is correct, I am getting an answer of - 5050

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**iamfriendly****Member**- Registered: 2009-07-03
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thank u!!

i will double check but i think i m on the right track

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**iamfriendly****Member**- Registered: 2009-07-03
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Yep, you are correct, Thank you again!!

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**iamfriendly****Member**- Registered: 2009-07-03
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May I ask how did you got the answer, we probably used different methods?

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

Of course you can ask. I do it the easy way.

There are 2 ways I work that type of problem when I need a quick rough and tumble answer.

!) I take it to wolfram alpha, a site that is available to everyone. It immediately provides the -5050 result.

2) I look it up in a table of sums that was provided to me when I needed them on a daily basis for problems.

Then just substitute in for n = 100 to get -5050.

Actually to do it analytically is not difficult at all, you can try differences and a generating function. Proving that your answer is correct would probably involve induction.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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I did it in

and also in .They were the easy ways for me.

*Last edited by phrontister (2010-03-31 22:40:06)*

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**iamfriendly****Member**- Registered: 2009-07-03
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that's kool , very KOOL Thank you

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**JaneFairfax****Member**- Registered: 2007-02-23
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phrontister wrote:

Do it this way.

A1: 1

A2: 2

B1: -1)^(A1+1)*A1^2

Drag copy handle on cell B1 down to B2. Then select the four cells A1:B2 and drag copy handle down to row 100.

Then enter this:

B101: =SUM(B1:B100)

*Last edited by JaneFairfax (2010-03-31 22:50:05)*

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**JaneFairfax****Member**- Registered: 2007-02-23
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Proof:

If *n* is even, the sum is equal to

If

*Last edited by JaneFairfax (2010-03-31 11:42:42)*

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Hi Jane,

JaneFairfax wrote:

Do it this way.

A1: 1

A2: 2

B1: = (-1)^(A1+1)*A1^2Drag copy handle on cell B1 down to B2. Then select the four cells A1:B2 and drag copy handle down to row 100.

Then enter this:

B101: =SUM(B1:B100)

Nice! Much more streamlined than mine...which now looks rather clumsy.

Just a couple of things:

**1**. More streamlining:

A1: 1

B1: = (-1)^(A1+1)*A1^2

Select these two cells and drag copy handle them down to row 100.

B101: =SUM(B1:B100)

Your formula obviates the need for multiple-row selection.

**2**. An alternative:

A1: 1

A2: 2

B1: A1^2

B2: -(A2^2)

Select the four cells A1:B2 and drag copy handle them down to row 100.

B101: =SUM(B1:B100)

This alternative utilises the way Excel and OOoCalc paste a 'drag copy' of a multiple-row selection.

*Last edited by phrontister (2010-04-01 11:43:55)*

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