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How do I evaluate this sum(involving the floor function)?

$$ \sum_{i=1}^N\left\lfloor\frac{N}{i}\right\rfloor $$ Is there a closed form expression to the above sum? (Mathematica doesn't give me anything)
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induction proof: $\sum_{k=1}^nk^2 = \frac{n(n+1)(2n+1)}{6}$

I encountered the following induction proof on a practice exam for calculus: $$\sum_{k=1}^nk^2 = \frac{n(n+1)(2n+1)}{6}$$ I have to prove this statement with induction. Can anyone please help me ...
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Using induction to prove that $\sum_{r=1}^n r\cdot r! =(n+1)! -1$

Use induction to prove that $\displaystyle\sum_{r=1}^n r\cdot r! =(n+1)! -1$ I first showed that the formula holds true for $n=1$. Then I put n as $k$ and got an expression for the sum in ...
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Proving $\sum\limits_{i=0}^n i 2^{i-1} = (n+1) 2^n - 1$ by induction

I'm trying to apply an induction proof to show that $((n+1) 2^n - 1 $ is the sum of $(i 2^{i-1})$ from $0$ to $n$. the base case: L.H.S = R.H.S we assume that $(k+1) 2^k - 1 $ is true. we need to ...
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Combinatorial interpretation of sum of squares, cubes

Consider the sum of the first $n$ integers: $$\sum_{i=1}^n\,i=\frac{n(n+1)}{2}=\binom{n+1}{2}$$ This has always made the following bit of combinatorial sense to me. Imagine the set ...
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Identity involving Euler's totient function: $\sum \limits_{k=1}^n \left\lfloor \frac{n}{k} \right\rfloor \varphi(k) = \frac{n(n+1)}{2}$

Let $\varphi(n)$ be Euler's totient function, the number of positive integers less than or equal to $n$ and relatively prime to $n$. Challenge: Prove $$\sum_{k=1}^n \left\lfloor \frac{n}{k} ...
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Evaluating the sum $\lim_{n\to \infty}\sqrt[2]{2+\sqrt[3]{2+\sqrt[4]{2+\cdots+\sqrt[n]{2}}}}$

The following nested radical $$\lim_{n\to \infty}\sqrt{2+\sqrt{2+\sqrt{2+\cdots}}}$$ is known to converge to 2. We can consider a similar nested radical where the degree of the radicals increases: ...
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Show that $\sum_{k=0}^n\binom{2n}{2k}^{\!2}-\sum_{k=0}^{n-1}\binom{2n}{2k+1}^{\!2}=(-1)^n\binom{2n}{n}$

How can I prove the identity: $$ \sum_{k=0}^n\binom{2n}{2k}^2-\sum_{k=0}^{n-1}\binom{2n}{2k+1}^2=(-1)^n\binom{2n}{n}? $$ Maybe, can we expand $$ f(x)=(1+x)^{2n}? $$ Thank you.
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Double sum trouble

Evaluate: $$\sum_{j=1}^{\infty} \sum_{i=1}^{\infty} \frac{j^2i}{3^j(j3^i+i3^j)}$$ Honestly, I don't see where to start with this. I am sure that this is a trick question and I am missing something ...
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Show that $ \sum_{n=2}^m \binom{n}{2} = \binom{m+1}{3}$

I need a hand in showing that $$ \sum_{n=2}^m \binom{n}{2} = \binom{m+1}{3}$$ Thanks in advance for any help.
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A formula for the power sums: $1^n+2^n+\dotsc +k^n=\,$?

Is there explicit formula for the expression $1^n + 2^n + \dotsc + k^n\,$? I know that for $n=1$ the explicit formula becomes $S=k(k+1)/2$ and for $n=3$ the formula becomes $S^2$. But what about ...
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Proof that $\sum_{1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{n^2} <2$

I know how to prove that $$\sum_1^{\infty} \frac{1}{n^2}<2$$ because $$\sum_1^{\infty} \frac{1}{n^2}=\frac{\pi^2}{6}<2$$ But I wanted to prove it using only inequalities. Is there a way to do ...
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Proving that $\sum_{k=0}^{n} {{m+k} \choose{m}} = { m+n+1 \choose m+1 }$ [duplicate]

I have to prove that: $$\sum_{k=0}^{n} {{m+k} \choose{m}} = { m+n+1 \choose m+1 }$$ I tried to open up the right side with Pascal's definition that: $$ { n \choose k} = {n-1 \choose {k}} + {n-1 ...
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How many distinct functions can be defined from set A to B

In my discrete mathematics class our notes say that between set A (having 6 elements) and set b (having 8 elements), there are 8^6 distinct functions that can be formed, in other words: |b|^|a| ...
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Calculate sum of squares of first n odd numbers

Is there an analytical expression for the summation $$1^2+3^2+5^2+\cdots+(2n-1)^2$$ and how did you derive it?
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How to prove Lagrange trigonometric identity [duplicate]

I would to prove that $$1+\cos \theta+\cos 2\theta+\ldots+\cos n\theta =\displaystyle\frac{1}{2}+ \frac{\sin\left[(2n+1)\frac{\theta}{2}\right]}{2\sin\left(\frac{\theta}{2}\right)}$$ given that ...
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How do I come up with a function to count a pyramid of apples?

My algebra book has a quick practical example at the beginning of the chapter on polynomials and their functions. Unfortunately it just says "this is why polynomial functions are important" and moves ...
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Evaluate $\sum_{k = 0}^{n} {n\choose k} k^m$

So, I wonder what is the evaluation of $$\sum_{k = 0}^{n} {n\choose k} k^m\text{,}\qquad (*)$$ where $m,n\in \mathbb{N}$. One of my tries: knowing that $$k^m = \sum_{j = 0}^{m}\text{S}(m,j)\cdot ...
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Help with proof using induction: $1 + \frac{1}{4} + \frac{1}{9}+\cdots+\frac{1}{n^2}\leq 2-\frac{1}{n}$

I am having trouble with the following proof: For every positive integer $n$: $$1 + \frac{1}{4} + \frac{1}{9}+\cdots+\frac{1}{n^2}\leq 2-\frac{1}{n}$$ My work: I have tried to add ...
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Summation of series of product of Fibonacci numbers

What is the sum of following product of Fibonacci numbers $$\sum_{k=1}^{n-1} Fib(k)*Fib(n+3-k)$$ can anyone suggest only approach to find general term?
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Prove by induction: $2^n = C(n,0) + C(n,1) + \cdots + C(n,n)$ [duplicate]

This is a question I came across in an old midterm and I'm not sure how to do it. Any help is appreciated. $$2^n = C(n,0) + C(n,1) + \cdots + C(n,n).$$ Prove this statement is true for all $n ...
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How prove this sum $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\binom{2n}{n}\frac{(-1)^{n-1}H_{n+1}}{4^n(n+1)}$

show that $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\binom{2n}{n}\dfrac{(-1)^{n-1}H_{n+1}}{4^n(n+1)}=5+4\sqrt{2}\left(\log{\dfrac{2\sqrt{2}}{1+\sqrt{2}}}-1\right)$$ where ...
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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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Proving $\sum_{k=0}^{2m}(-1)^k{\binom{2m}{k}}^3=(-1)^m\binom{2m}{m}\binom{3m}{m}$ (Dixon's identity)

I found the following formula in a book without any proof: $$\sum_{k=0}^{2m}(-1)^k{\binom{2m}{k}}^3=(-1)^m\binom{2m}{m}\binom{3m}{m}.$$ I don't know how to prove this at all. Could you show me how ...
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Proving a binomial sum identity

Mathematica tells me that $$\sum _{k=0}^n { n \choose k} \frac{(-1)^k}{2k+1} = \frac{(2n)!!}{(2n+1)!!}.$$ Although I have not been able to come up with a proof. Proofs, hints, or references are all ...
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Combinatorial proof of a Fibonacci identity: $n F_1 + (n-1)F_2 + \cdots + F_n = F_{n+4} - n - 3.$

Does anyone know a combinatorial proof of the following identity, where $F_n$ is the $n$th Fibonacci number? $$n F_1 + (n-1)F_2 + \cdots + F_n = F_{n+4} - n - 3$$ It's not in the place I thought it ...
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Divisor function asymptotics

Define $\tau_{r}(n) = \sum_{d_1...d_r = n}1$. One exercise in a book on sieve theory asked for an elementary proof by induction of the fact that $$\sum_{n\le x}\tau_r(n) = \frac{1}{(r - 1)!}x(\ln ...
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Summation of series $\sum_{k=0}^\infty 2^k/\binom{2k+1}{k}$

How to find the sum of this series? $$\sum_{k=0}^{\infty}\cfrac{{2}^{k}}{\binom{2k+1}{k}}$$ It seems very easy. But I still can not work it out, can anyone help?
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Evaluate $\sum_{k=1}^nk\cdot k!$

I discovered that the summation $\displaystyle\sum_{k=1}^n k\cdot k!$ equals $(n+1)!-1$. But I want a proof. Could anyone give me one please? Don't worry if it uses very advanced math, I can just ...
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Finite Series - reciprocals of sines

Find the sum of the finite series $$\sum _{k=1}^{k=89} \frac{1}{\sin(k^{\circ})\sin((k+1)^{\circ})}$$ This problem was asked in a test in my school. The answer seems to be ...
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Compute $1^2 + 3^2+ 5^2 + \cdots + (2n-1)^2$ by mathematical induction

I am doing mathematical induction. I am stuck with the question below. The left hand side is not getting equal to the right hand side. Please guide me how to do it further. $1^2 + 3^2+ 5^2 + ...
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For the Fibonacci numbers, show for all $n$: $F_1^2+F_2^2+\dots+F_n^2=F_nF_{n+1}$

The definition of a Fibonacci number is as follows: $$F_0=0\\F_1=1\\F_n=F_{n-1}+F_{n-2}\text{ for } n\geq 2$$ Prove the given property of the Fibonacci numbers for all n greater than or equal to 1. ...
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sum of the product of consecutive legendre symbols is -1

How do I prove the formula $\newcommand{\jaco}[2]{\left(\frac{#1}{#2}\right)}\sum\limits_{a=1}^{p-2} \jaco{a(a+1)}p = -1$ where a varies from 1 to p-2 and p is a prime I got as far as $\jaco{p-a}p = ...
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Integrating $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{\sin nx }{n^4}$

Consider : $\displaystyle f(x)= \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{\sin nx }{n^4}$ Find : $\displaystyle \int_0^{x} f(t)\ \mathrm{d}t$.
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Combinatorial proof of $ \sum \limits_{i = 0} ^{m} 2^{n-i} {n \choose i}{m \choose i} = \sum\limits_{i=0}^m {n + m - i \choose m} {n \choose i} $

I've been wondering for a while how to solve (prove) a combinatorial identity, using just combinatorial interpretation: $$ \sum \limits_{i = 0} ^{m} 2^{n-i} {n \choose i}{m \choose i} = ...
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Sum of $k {n \choose k}$ is $n2^{n-1}$

Proof that $\suṃ̣_{k=1}^{n}k {n \choose k}$ for $n \in \mathbb N$ is equal to $n2^{n-1}$. As a hint I got that $k {n \choose k} = n {n-1\choose k-1} $. I tried solving this by induction but, in the ...
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Why does this ratio of sums of square roots equal $1+\sqrt2+\sqrt{4+2\sqrt2}=\cot\frac\pi{16}$ for any natural number $n$?

Why is the following function $f(n)$ constant for any natural number $n$? $$f(n)=\frac{\sum_{k=1}^{n^2+2n}\sqrt{\sqrt{2n+2}+{\sqrt{n+1+\sqrt ...
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How find this sum $I_n=\sum_{k=0}^{n}\frac{H_{k+1}H_{n-k+1}}{k+2}$

$$I_n=\sum_{k=0}^{n}\dfrac{H_{k+1}H_{n-k+1}}{k+2}$$ where $$H_{n}=1+\dfrac{1}{2}+\cdots+\dfrac{1}{n}$$ my try:since ...
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Simplify $\left({\sum_{k=1}^{2499}\sqrt{10+{\sqrt{50+\sqrt{k}}}}}\right)\left({\sum_{k=1}^{2499}\sqrt{10-{\sqrt{50+\sqrt{k}}}}}\right)^{-1}$

Simplify $$\frac{\displaystyle\sum_{k=1}^{2499}\sqrt{10+{\sqrt{50+\sqrt{k}}}}}{\displaystyle\sum_{k=1}^{2499}\sqrt{10-{\sqrt{50+\sqrt{k}}}}}$$ I don't have any good idea. I need your help.
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Finding $\binom{n}{0} + \binom{n}{3} + \binom{n}{6} + \ldots $

Help me to simplify:$$\binom{n}{0} + \binom{n}{3} + \binom{n}{6} + \ldots $$ I got a hunch that it will depend on whether $n$ is a multiple of $6$ and equals to $\frac{2^n+2}{3}$ when $n$ is a ...
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Solving $x^k+(x+1)^k+(x+2)^k+\cdots+(x+k-1)^k=(x+k)^k$ for $k\in\mathbb N$

Letting $k$ be a natural number, can we solve the following $k$-th degree equation ? $$x^k+(x+1)^k+(x+2)^k+\cdots+(x+k-1)^k=(x+k)^k\ \ \ \ \cdots(\star).$$ The following two are famous: ...
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Combinatorial interpretation of an alternating binomial sum

Let $n$ be a fixed natural number. I have reason to believe that $$\sum_{i=k}^n (-1)^{i-k} \binom{i}{k} \binom{n+1}{i+1}=1$$ for all $0\leq k \leq n.$ However I can not prove this. Any method to prove ...
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Binomial Identity $\sum\binom{2n+1}{2k+1}\binom{m+k}{2n} = \binom{2m}{2n}$

I'm looking for a reference with the proof of the following binomial identity: $$\sum_{k=0}^n \binom{2n+1}{2k+1}\binom{m+k}{2n} = \binom{2m}{2n}$$ I've looked in a number of textbooks that have a ...
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Sum $\sum^\infty_{n=1}\frac{(-1)^nH_n}{(2n+1)^2}$

I would like to seek your assistance in computing the sum $$\sum^\infty_{n=1}\frac{(-1)^nH_n}{(2n+1)^2}$$ I am stumped by this sum. I have tried summing the residues of $\displaystyle ...
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How find this $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{(-1)^{n-1}\zeta_{n}(3)}{n}=?$

Question: show that $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\dfrac{(-1)^{n-1}\zeta_{n}(3)}{n}=\dfrac{19\pi^4}{1440}-\dfrac{3}{4}\zeta{(3)}\ln{2}?$$ where $$\zeta_{n}(3)=\sum_{k=1}^{n}\dfrac{1}{k^3}$$ But I use ...
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Combinatorial proof of $\sum^{n}_{i=1}\binom{n}{i}i=n2^{n-1}$.

Prove that $$\sum^{n}_{i=1}\binom{n}{i}i=n2^{n-1}$$ I can't find counting interpretations for either of the sides. A hint of "if $S$ is a subset of $\{1, . . . , n\}$ and $S^\prime$ is its ...
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Why does $\sum_{k=1}^{\infty}\dfrac{{\sin(k)}}{k}={\dfrac{\pi-1}{2}}$?

Inspired by this question (and far more straightforward, I am guessing), Mathematica tells us that $$\sum_{k=1}^{\infty}\dfrac{{\sin(k)}}{k}$$ converges to $\dfrac{\pi-1}{2}$. Presumably, this can ...
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How to deal with this double summation?

I'm stuck with the proof of this result: $$2^n = \sum_{t=-\frac{n-1}{2}}^{\frac{n-1}{2}} \binom{n+1}{\frac{n+1}{2} + t} \sum_{k=\vert t \vert}^{\frac{n-1}{2}} \binom{\frac{n-1}{2}+k}{k} ...