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$\sum\limits_{i=1}^n(3i+2n)$ is $O(n^2)$

How do I solve this? I know that the answer for $\sum\limits_{i=1}^n(3i+2n)$ would be $$\sum\limits_{i=1}^n(3i+2n)=\sum\limits_{i=1}^n3i+\sum\limits_{i=1}^n2n=3\sum\limits_{i=1}^ni+2n\sum\limits_{i=1}^n1=3\frac{n(n+1)}{2}+2n\cdot n=3\frac{n(n+1)}{2},$$ but how do I solve $\sum\limits_{i=1}^n(3i+2n)$ is $O(n^2)$ ?

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You want to show that there exists some real number $C$ such that $\sum\limits_{i=1}^n(3i+2n)\leq Cn^2$ for sufficiently large $n$. Try splitting this up as $$\sum\limits_{i=1}^n(3i+2n)=\sum\limits_{i=1}^n3i+\sum\limits_{i=1}^n2n=3\frac{n(n+1)}{2}+2n^2$$ and observe that $\frac{n(n+1)}{2}=\frac{n^2+n}{2}\leq \frac{2n^2}{2}=n^2$, so using $C=5$ works.

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thank you so much for the explanation, so it basically prove by induction? –  user1688953 Mar 25 '13 at 20:01
    
@user1688953 There's no need to resort to induction. Where were you thinking induction is needed? –  Alex Becker Mar 25 '13 at 20:07
    
Sorry I am just very confused in this unit,I was thinking to establish that a given statement is true for all natural numbers, but I can see that I was looking at the question the wrong way. –  user1688953 Mar 25 '13 at 20:12
    
@user1688953 You are establishing that a given statement is true for all natural numbers - but induction is just one of many means to do that; this is simply using direct calculation to the same end. –  Steven Stadnicki Mar 25 '13 at 21:26

We are interested in estimating $\sum_{i=1}^n (3i+2n)$. This is equal to $$\sum_{i=1}^n 3i+\sum_{i=1}^n 2n.$$

The second sum is the sum of $n$ terms, each of which is $2n$. So the second sum is $2n^2$.

For the first sum, we can get an exact expression, as in your work. But let's not work so hard. We have a sum of $n$ terms, each of which is $\le 3n$. So $\sum_{i=1}^n 3i\le 3n^2$.

Thus our original sum is $\le 5n^2$. We could have done this in one step by noting that $3i+2n\le 5n$ for all $i\le n$.

So there is a constant $C$, namely $5$, such that our sum is $\le Cn^2$ for all $n$. That ends the proof.

Remark: In this case, by using the standard formula for $\sum_{i=1}^n i$, we can get a "better" constant than $5$. But it can save a lot of work if one notices when a crude estimate is good enough.

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thank you, for the help! –  user1688953 Mar 25 '13 at 20:14
    
You are welcome. And do remember about being ready to give away stuff to make estimates easier. –  André Nicolas Mar 25 '13 at 20:59

A very fast way to show the result is: $$\sum\limits_{i=1}^n(3i+2n)\leq \sum\limits_{i=1}^n 5n=5n^2 =O(n^2)$$

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