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#1 2022-12-29 02:51:48

Registered: 2022-12-29
Posts: 1

Simplifying summation. I am clueless

Hi folks, after researching and studying for the past 2 days on this, I am still unable to find a single darn answer! I feel pretty low because of this, so would appreciate any help you can give.

So this is my question:
Simplify the following summations to the form an3 +
bn2+cn. Give values for a, b and c for each question.





I know the answers to the first three can be built up from these:


But I have no clue actually how to get the answers, as I was only taught and shown how to use set formulas on a given sum, so for instance

  would be n(n+1) over 2.

I am stuck!
Even a link to a website which could help me understand this question a bit better would be much appreciated.


#2 2022-12-29 19:51:47

Registered: 2010-06-20
Posts: 10,472

Re: Simplifying summation. I am clueless

hi Winatte

Welcome to the forum.

The formula for the sum of squares ( 1 + 4 + 9 + 16 + ... + n^2) is

Sum = n(n+1)(2n+1)/6

Substitute n = 1, 2, 3 etc to show that it works.

There are also similar formulas for the sum of cubes and higher powers but they get increasingly complicated.

Q1 is just 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 ... 'n' times = 5n.  I don't understand what " an3 + bn2 + cn" means for this.

We can make more progress with this over several posts so please reply.


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