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If we have a series of numbers $$1^5 + 2^5 + 3^5 + \cdots + (10^n)^5.$$ Final sum of the series is approximately equal $16666\ldots$ .

If there is more and more numbers in the series is the result of closer and closer to $16666\ldots$ .

For example if the last number $1000$ or $10000$ or $100000$ and so on, the final sum is closer to $16666\ldots$ . If it is true (of course it is), can we conclude that $$1^5 + 2^5 + 3^5 + \cdots = \frac 1 6$$


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What is Srbin (pozdrav)? – Jason DeVito Sep 11 '12 at 17:27
Pozdrav means "greetings" in Czech, and "srbin" means "a Serb". – Pedro Tamaroff Sep 11 '12 at 17:29
Marko, your observation follows from a general fact $$1^m+2^m+\cdots+n^m \approx \frac{1}{m+1}n^{m+1}.$$ – Sangchul Lee Sep 11 '12 at 17:35
It still makes no sense that the sum of positive numbers larger than $1/6$ can be $1/6$. – Michael Greinecker Sep 11 '12 at 17:44
@ajay It turns out that a search for "OP" on Meta produces What does "OP" mean? as the #1 hit. This suggests a strategy that might be useful if you become similarly puzzled in the future. – MJD Sep 11 '12 at 18:08

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The orthogonal projection of this question onto the subspace of sensible questions is answered by @sos440's comment.

Claim: $$\frac{1^m + 2^m + \cdots + n^m}{n^{m+1}}\to \frac{1}{m+1}.$$

Proof: Note $\text{LHS} = \frac{1}{n}((1/n)^m + (2/n)^m + \cdots + ((n-1)/n)^m + 1^m)$ is a Riemann sum approximating the integral $\int_0^1 x^m\,dx = \frac{1}{m+1}$.

Thus we can say that $$1^5 + 2^5 + \cdots + (10^n)^5 \sim \frac{1}{6} (10^n)^6,$$which will look like $1666\ldots$ in base $10$, as you correctly observe.

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I upvoted this as soon as I read the first sentence, but on later perusal, the rest of the answer was pretty good too. – MJD Sep 11 '12 at 18:06

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