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How to derive the closed form of the sum of $kr^k$

$$ \sum_{k=0}^{n}kr^k = r\frac{1-(n+1)r^n + nr^{n+1}}{ (1 - r)^2 } $$ How to derive it? I read about some finite calculus, and i understand how to tackle sums of $x^2$, $x^3$, etc.. But I don't know ...
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How to find a closed form of this simple factorial sequence [duplicate]

$$S_1=1\\ S_n=n!+S_{n-1}$$ Is there a simple way to express $S_n$ without summing up all the previous terms? Sorry I haven't put any effort in the problem but I don't know where to start. So this ...
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A sum containing harmonic numbers $\sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac{H_n}{n^3\,2^n}$

I'm trying to find a closed form for the following sum $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac{H_n}{n^3\,2^n},$$ where $H_n=\sum_{k=1}^nk^{-1}$ is a harmonic number. Could you help me with it?
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Evaluation of a dilogarithmic integral

Problem. Prove that the following dilogarithmic integral has the indicated value: $$\int_{0}^{1}\mathrm{d}x ...
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Compute the following series $\sum_{n=1}^{+\infty}\frac{1}{(n+a)(n+b)}$

Does the following series have a 'closed' form : $$\sum_{n=1}^{+\infty}\frac{1}{(n+a)(n+b)}.$$ Where $n\in \Bbb{N}$ and $a,b \in (0,+\infty)$ For $a,b$ integer we can use Partial fraction ...
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A closed form for $\sum_{k=1}^\infty \psi^{(1)} (k+a)\psi^{(1)} (k+b)$

The following result $$ \sum_{k=1}^\infty\left(\psi^{(1)} (k)\right)^2 = 3\zeta(3) $$ where $\psi^{(1)}$ is the polygamma function makes me think there is a nice sum for the series $$ ...
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1answer
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Integral/infinite sum related to Bessels which pop up in optical coherence theory

In propagating partially coherent optical fields, the following integral pops up: $$I_1=\int_0^{2\pi} e^{i(a\cos[\theta]+b\cos^2[\theta])}d\theta,$$ where $a$ and $b$ are real numbers. If we ...
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Evaluating an infinite square root

How do I evaluate the square root: $$\sqrt{2013+276\sqrt{2027+278\sqrt{2041+280\cdots}}}$$ I have tried creating two arithmetic sequences such that $$a_n = 1999+14n$$ $$b_n = 274+2n$$ so the square ...
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Do all series have a closed form representation of their partial sum? If not, can we feasibly prove that this is not the case?

The question was motivated by the way in which we approach the convergence and divergence of some series. During my undergraduate analysis course one of the only times in which the partial sum was ...
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Closed form for the recursion $\displaystyle u_n=\sum_{k=0}^{n-1} u_ku_{n-1-k}$

I was completing a computer science problem when the following recursion popped up: $u_0=1$ $\displaystyle u_n=\sum_{k=0}^{n-1} u_ku_{n-1-k}$ Is there a closed form for this recursion ? I ...
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Find a closed form for the generating function for this sequence

The sequence: $0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, \ldots$ The book gives the answer of $\frac{x^3}{1-x}$ but I'm not sure how to get this answer. I understand the generating function of this sequence will be ...
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Find a sequence

Find the function for the sequence $a_0 = 0, a_1 = 1$ and $a_{n}=a_{n+10}+a_n$ for all $n>0$.
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What is the closed form for $\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac1n - \frac1{n+1/p}$?

A while ago, I started to look at expressions of the following form: $$ S_p:=\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac1n - \frac1{n+1/p}, $$ where $p$ is prime, because otherwise things get too complicated for me at ...
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Approximate value of a slowly-converging sum of $\sum|\sin n|^n/n$

In this question on Math.SE there appears this sum: $$ S = \sum_{n\geq1}s_n, \qquad s_n = \frac{|\sin n|^n}{n}, $$ which converges very slowly. What methods would you suggest for evaluating it ...
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What is the sum of Psi/Digamma-function of consecutive arguments? Is there a closed form?

In a consideration of summation of a series $$ s = a_0 + a_1 + a_2 + \cdots \tag 1$$ with $$\lim_{k \to \infty} a_k=0$$ but slowly decreasing, the coefficients $a_k$ are somehow related to $1/k^2$ ...
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Find a closed expression for a formula including summation

Let: $$\sum\limits_{k = 0}^n {k\left( {\matrix{ n \cr k \cr } } \right)} \cdot {4^{k - 1}} \cdot {3^{n - k}}$$ Find a closed formula (without summation). I think I should define this as a ...
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A closed form for a lot of integrals on the logarithm

One problem that has been bugging me all this summer is as follows: a) Calculate $$I_3=\int_{0}^{1}\int_{0}^{1}\int_{0}^{1} \ln{(1-x)} \ln{(1-xy)} \ln{(1-xyz)} \,\mathrm{d}x\, \mathrm{d}y\, ...
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Seeking closed-form solution to $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{\log{(1+n)}}{(1+n)^{\alpha}-1}$

I'm looking for a closed-form solution to this infinite series: $$S(\alpha):=\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{\log{(1+n)}}{(1+n)^{\alpha}-1},~~~\Re(\alpha)>1.$$ My attempt All I've really been ...
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Does sequences related to function for $lcm(1,2,3 \cdots n)$ exists?

This just came out of curiosity let $$L(n)=lcm(1,2,3 \cdots n)$$ and I know that we can write this with the help of some product involving primes and all . But what I am interested is in Does ...
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1answer
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Compute $\sum_{n=1}^{+\infty}\frac{\mathrm{e}^{-\sqrt{n}}}{\sqrt{n}}$

Does the following series have a closed form ? $$\sum_{n=1}^{+\infty}\frac{\mathrm{e}^{-\sqrt{n}}}{\sqrt{n}}$$ Motivation : The original exercise is Compute $\int_{1}^{+\infty} ...
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Harmonic Numbers series I

Can it be shown that \begin{align} \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \binom{2n}{n} \ \frac{H_{n+1}}{n+1} \ \left(\frac{3}{16}\right)^{n} = \frac{5}{3} + \frac{8}{3} \ \ln 2 - \frac{8}{3} \ \ln 3 \end{align} where ...
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Dilogarithm in closed form

Is there a closed form expression for \begin{align} e^{\Large\frac{i\pi}3} \text{Li}_{2}\left( \frac{e^{\Large\frac{i\pi}3} }{2}\right) + e^{-\Large\frac{i\pi}3} \text{Li}_{2}\left( ...
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1answer
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Summing up numbers from the continued fraction of $e ^ \pi$ and $\pi ^e$

I don't remember it well ,but it was around 5-6 years ago , I was 8 and I had found this new interest - continued fractions .I used to play with their terms sum them up and thought of getting ...
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Are generating functions ever analytic for logarithmic series?

Given a series $s_n = \ln(n) f(n)$ where $f(\cdot)$ is an elementary analytic function which does not involve the logarithm. More precisely $f$ can have simple poles but no branch cuts or essential ...
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1answer
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What is this waveform?

Consider the following infinite series: $\text{f} \left( x \right) =\displaystyle \sum \limits_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac {\sin \left( n x\right)}{n^2}$ We know that $\text{f} \left( x \right)$ is ...
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Closed form of a sequence containing the pattern $\{+,-,-,+,+,-,-,…\}$

I was in the middle of answering this question that asked how to get the Taylor series of $cos(x)$ centered at $a=\frac{\pi}{3}$. I was reaching the point where I was about to write $(-1)^n$ making ...
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1answer
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Going from recurrence relations to closed form

How do I go from the following recurrence relation a(n) = (n+1)a(n-1) where a(0) = 2 to a closed form? I know I need to use an iterative approach but I am not ...
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Guess the closed form on the following sequence?

any help would be appreciated, have no idea where to start $u_1 = 2/3$ and $u_{k+1}$ such that: $$u_k + \frac{1}{(k+2)(k+3)}$$ for all, k are natural numbers guess a general formula (i.e the ...
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$\sum_{n=0}^\infty\frac{(-1)^n}{(2n+1)^{2m+1}}=\frac{(-1)^m E_{2m}\pi^{2m+1}}{4^{m+1}(2m)!}$

I'm looking for a way to prove $$\sum_{n=0}^\infty\frac{(-1)^n}{(2n+1)^{2m+1}}=\frac{(-1)^m E_{2m}\pi^{2m+1}}{4^{m+1}(2m)!}$$ Since ...
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2answers
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What is the sum of this series given the closed form?

The closed form of a series I am trying to identify is: $$ a_n=\frac{250}{2n -1} $$ How could I get the sum of the series equation from this? I am used to geometric sequences and arithmetic sequences ...
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How could I have found the closed form of $\sum_{k=1}^n \frac{k}{(k+1)!}$ in advance?

If you calculate the first three sums, a pattern becomes clear revealing the closed form which is easily proven by induction: $$\sum_{k=1}^n \frac{k}{(k+1)!} = \frac{(n+1)!-1}{(n+1)!}$$ I’ve been ...
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Evaluating $\int_2^\infty \zeta(x) - 1 \,\, \mathrm{d}x$

While looking at a table of values for the zeta function, the fact that they approach $1$ made me wonder what the improper integral of the fractional part of the zeta function would be. I've found ...
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Closed-form expression for a hypergeometric series

What is the closed-form expression for $${}_2 F_1 \left(1+2\lceil n/2\rceil,-n;1/2;-z/4\right)$$ According to the book Concrete Mathematics (R.Graham, D.Knuth, O.Patashnik 2nd), the authors say the ...
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Does this series $2 + 4 + \cdots + \sqrt{\sqrt{n}} + \sqrt{n} + n$ have a general term?

Does this sum simplify to a general term in terms of $n$? If so, how would you arrive at that term? $2 + 4 + \cdots + \sqrt{\sqrt{n}} + \sqrt{n} + n$. Thanks.
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Proof of a striking identity of Tito Piezas III

In the q series blog of Tito Piezas here . He gives a very striking relation I am wondering on how to prove that ?
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1answer
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How to prove that $\sum_{n=1}^{+\infty}\frac{1}{n^2+1}=\frac{-1+\pi \coth (\pi)}{2}$?

I typed into my Mathematica:$\sum _{n=1}^{\infty } \frac{1}{n^2+1}$ , and the result was: $$\frac{-1+\pi \coth (\pi)}{2}$$ I know how to estimate the aforementioned sum , but I have no idea how to get ...
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1answer
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Close formula for the following iterative process

I'm trying to get a formula which results in the number of merge steps needed to merge several intermediate files. The code comments which I'm studying say: ...
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votes
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Finding the closed form of a sum

I would like to find the closed form of the sum $\sum_{n = 4}^{x}(x - n)$. I believe that the derivative is $x - 4$, but when I take the integral of that and graph it, the sum and $\frac{x^2}{2} + 4x$ ...
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1answer
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Closed form expression for series of a 3rd order reccurrence, repeated roots

For the series: 1,1,2,3,4,6,9,13... The rule is: F(n+3)=F(n+2)+F(n) with starting conditions F(0)=F(1)=F(2)=1. I found a closed form expression using a variation on a matrix based proof used for the ...
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1answer
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Closed form for $\sum_{k=1}^{\infty} \zeta(2k)-\zeta(2k+1)$

From WolframAlpha it seems that $$ \frac{1}{2}=\sum_{k=1}^{\infty} \zeta(2k)-\zeta(2k+1) $$ Could someone provide a proof for this? Thanks.
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1answer
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Generating function of $ \lim_{x\rightarrow 0} \frac{1}{n!} \frac{\partial^n}{\partial x^n} [(1+ax)^n f(x)] $

Is there a closed form for the generating function (or exponential generating function) of the sequence $$s_n= \lim_{x\rightarrow 0}\frac{1}{n!} \frac{\partial^n}{\partial x^n}\left[(1+ax)^n f(x) ...
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$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{H_n}{n^2 2^n}=\zeta(3)-\frac{1}{2}\log(2)\zeta(2)$

How can I prove that $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{H_n}{n^2 2^n}=\zeta(3)-\frac{1}{2}\log(2)\zeta(2).$$ Can anyone help me please?
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1answer
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Closed form for $\sum_{n=0}^\infty\frac{\operatorname{Li}_{1/2}\left(-2^{-2^{-n}}\right)}{\sqrt{2^n}}$

Let $$S=\sum_{n=0}^\infty\frac{\operatorname{Li}_{1/2}\left(-2^{-2^{-n}}\right)}{\sqrt{2^n}},\tag1$$ where $\operatorname{Li}_a(z)$ is the polylogarithm. For $a=1/2$ it can be represented as ...
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1answer
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How to prove $\sum_{n=1}^\infty\operatorname{arccot}\frac{\sqrt[2^n]2+\cos\frac\pi{2^n}}{\sin\frac\pi{2^n}}=\operatorname{arccot}\frac{\ln2}\pi$?

How can I prove the following identity? $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty\operatorname{arccot}\frac{\sqrt[2^n]2+\cos\frac\pi{2^n}}{\sin\frac\pi{2^n}}=\operatorname{arccot}\frac{\ln2}\pi$$
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Closed form for the following sum

I found this sum in an old math problems book and it asks me to find its closed form. And for the life of me I can't find. Here it is ...
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Does the sequence $1,-1,1,1,-1,1,1,1,-1,1,1,1,1,-1,1,1,1,1,1,-1,\ldots$ have a closed form?

Question : Can we represent the following sequence $\{a_n\}\ (n\ge 0)$ as a closed form?$$a_n : 1,-1,1,1,-1,1,1,1,-1,1,1,1,1,-1,1,1,1,1,1,-1,\ldots$$ Suppose that there exist ${(i+1)}$ $1_s$ ...
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votes
2answers
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Help calculating $\sum^{R}_{k=1} \bigl\lfloor{\sqrt { R^2-k^2}}\bigr\rfloor$

I'm trying to calculate, or at least approximate, $$\sum^{R}_{k=1} \left\lfloor{\sqrt { R^2-k^2}}\right\rfloor,$$ where $R$ is a natural number. I have tried factoring this as $$\sum_{k=1}^R ...
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votes
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Is there a closed form expression for $1 + x + x^{4} + x^{9}+x^{16}+x^{25} +..+x^{k^2}$?

We all know what the sum of a geometric series is $1 + x + x^2 + x^3 + ... + x^k = \frac{x^{k+1} - 1}{x - 1}$ . I was wondering if similar formulas exist in case the exponents form some other ...
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2answers
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A conjectural closed form for $\sum\limits_{n=0}^\infty\frac{n!\,(2n)!}{(3n+2)!}$

Let $$S=\sum\limits_{n=0}^\infty\frac{n!\,(2n)!}{(3n+2)!},\tag1$$ its numeric value is approximately $S \approx 0.517977853388534047...$${}^{[more\ digits]}$ $S$ can be represented in terms of the ...
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Integrating $\int_0^ex^{1/x}\;dx$

Compute $$\int_0^ex^{1/x}\;\mathrm dx.$$ There is an analytical anti-derivative found in this answer. How does one compute this? Using the anti-derivative approach we have $$\int x^{1/x}\;\mathrm d ...