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Why does $1+2+3+\cdots = -\frac{1}{12}$?

$\displaystyle\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{n^s}$ only converges to $\zeta(s)$ if $\text{Re}(s) > 1$. Why should analytically continuing to $\zeta(-1)$ give the right answer?
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Proving the identity $\sum_{k=1}^n {k^3} = \big(\sum_{k=1}^n k\big)^2$ without induction

I recently proved that $$ \sum_{k=1}^n k^3 = \left(\sum_{k=1}^n k \right)^2 $$ Using mathematical induction. I'm interested if there's an intuitive explanation, or even a combinatorial ...
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$x$, $y$, $x+y$ and $x-y$ are prime numbers. What is their sum?

Here is the question: The $x$, $y$, $x−y$ and $x+y$ are all positive prime integers. What is the sum of all the four integers? Well, I just put some values and I got the answer. $x=5$, $y=2$, ...
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Value of $\sum\limits_n x^n$

Why does the following hold: \begin{equation*} \displaystyle \sum\limits_{n=0}^{\infty} 0.7^n=\frac{1}{1-0.7} = 10/3 ? \end{equation*} Can we generalize the above to $\displaystyle ...
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Proof that $\sum\limits_{k=1}^nk^2 = \frac{n(n+1)(2n+1)}{6}$?

I am just starting into calculus and I have a question about the following statement I encountered while learning about definite integrals: $$\sum_{k=1}^n k^2 = \frac{n(n+1)(2n+1)}{6}$$ I really ...
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Geometric interpretation for sum of fourth powers

Summing the first $n$ first powers of natural numbers: $$\sum_{k=1}^nk=\frac12n(n+1)$$ and there is a geometric proof involving two copies of a 2D representation of $(1+2+\cdots+n)$ that form a ...
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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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The sum of an uncountable number of positive numbers

Claim:If $(x_\alpha)_{\alpha\in A}$ is a collection of real numbers $x_\alpha\in [0,\infty]$ such that $\sum_{\alpha\in A}x_\alpha<\infty$, then $x_\alpha=0$ for all but at most countably many ...
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$\lfloor \sqrt n+\sqrt {n+1}+\sqrt{n+2}+\sqrt{n+3}+\sqrt{n+4}\rfloor=\lfloor\sqrt {25n+49}\rfloor$ is true?

I found the following relational expression by using computer: For any natural number $n$, $$\lfloor \sqrt n+\sqrt {n+1}+\sqrt{n+2}+\sqrt{n+3}+\sqrt{n+4}\rfloor=\lfloor\sqrt {25n+49}\rfloor.$$ Note ...
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$\sum_{n=1}^\infty(n\ \text{arccot}\ n-1)$

Is it possible to calculate the following infinite sum in a closed form? If yes, please point me to the right direction. $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty(n\ \text{arccot}\ n-1)$$
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Finding the sum- $x+x^{2}+x^{4}+x^{8}+x^{16}\cdots$

If $S = x+x^{2}+x^{4}+x^{8}+x^{16}\cdots$ Find S. Note:This is not a GP series.The powers are in GP. My Attempts so far: 1)If $S(x)=x+x^{2}+x^{4}+x^{8}+x^{16}\cdots$ Then ...
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Is it possible to write a sum as an integral to solve it?

I was wondering, for example, Can: $$ \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{(3n-1)(3n+2)}$$ Be written as an Integral? To solve it. I am NOT talking about a method for using tricks with integrals. But ...
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Infinite Series $‎\sum_{n=2}^{\infty}\frac{\zeta(n)}{k^n}$

‎If $f\left(z \right)=\sum_{n=2}^{\infty}a_{n}z^n$ and $\sum_{n=2}^{\infty}|a_n|$ converges then‎, $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}f\left(\frac{1}{n}\right)=\sum_{n=2}^{\infty}a_n\zeta\left(n\right)‎.$$ ‎Since ...
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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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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 $H_n=\displaystyle\sum_{k=1}^n\frac{1}{k}$ is a harmonic number. Could you help me with it?
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why is $\sum\limits_{k=1}^{n} k^m$ a polynomial with degree $m+1$ in $n$

why is $\sum\limits_{k=1}^{n} k^m$ a polynomial with degree $m+1$ in $n$? I know this is well-known. But how to prove it rigorously? Even mathematical induction does not seem so straight-forward. ...
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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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If $\left(1^a+2^a+\cdots+n^{a}\right)^b=1^c+2^c+\cdots+n^c$ for some $n$, then $(a,b,c)=(1,2,3)$?

Question : Is the following conjecture true? Conjecture : Let $a,b(\ge 2),c,n(\ge 2)$ be natural numbers. If $$\left(\sum_{k=1}^nk^a\right)^b=\sum_{k=1}^nk^c\ \ \ \ \ \cdots(\star)$$ for some $n$, ...
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Proving $\sum_{n=-\infty}^\infty e^{-\pi n^2} = \frac{\sqrt[4] \pi}{\Gamma\left(\frac 3 4\right)}$

Wikipedia informs me that $$S = \vartheta(0;i)=\sum_{n=-\infty}^\infty e^{-\pi n^2} = \frac{\sqrt[4] \pi}{\Gamma\left(\frac 3 4\right)}$$ I tried considering $f(x,n) = e^{-x n^2}$ so that its ...
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X'mas Combinatorics

Inspired the various** algebraic X'mas greetings sent to me over the festive period, I thought I would try to devise one of my own. $$\Large ...
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$\sum k! = 1! +2! +3! + \cdots + n!$ ,is there a generic formula for this?

I came across a question where I needed to find the sum of the factorials of the first $n$ numbers. So I was wondering if there is any generic formula for this? Like there is a generic formula for ...
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How find this sum $\sum\limits_{n=0}^{\infty}\frac{1}{(3n+1)(3n+2)(3n+3)}$

Find this sum $$I=\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}\dfrac{1}{(3n+1)(3n+2)(3n+3)}$$ My try: let $$f(x)=\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}\dfrac{x^{3n+3}}{(3n+1)(3n+2)(3n+3)},|x|\le 1$$ then we have ...
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Proof for formula for sum of sequence $1+2+3+\ldots+n$?

Apparently $1+2+3+4+\ldots+n = \dfrac{n\times(n+1)}2$. How? What's the proof? Or maybe it is self apparent just looking at the above? Does this problem have a name and maybe a presence on the net? ...
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How to prove $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac{1}{1+n^2} = \frac{\pi+1}{2}+\frac{\pi}{e^{2\pi}-1}$

How can we prove the following $$\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \dfrac{1}{1+n^2} = \dfrac{\pi+1}{2}+\dfrac{\pi}{e^{2\pi}-1}$$ I tried using partial fraction and the famous result $$\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} ...
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Is there any way to define arithmetical multiplication as other thing than repeated addition?

Is there any way to define arithmetical multiplication as other thing than repeated addition? For example, how could you define $a\cdot b$ as other thing than $\underbrace{a+a+\cdots+a}_{b ...
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What is the term for a factorial type operation, but with summation instead of products?

(Pardon if this seems a bit beginner, this is my first post in math - trying to improve my knowledge while tackling Project Euler problems) I'm aware of Sigma notation, but is there a function/name ...
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Is $\sum_{k=1}^{m-1}\frac{1}{\sin^2\frac{k\pi}{m}}=\frac{m^2-1}{3}$ true for $m\in\mathbb N$?

Question : Is the following true for any $m\in\mathbb N$? $$\begin{align}\sum_{k=1}^{m-1}\frac{1}{\sin^2\frac{k\pi}{m}}=\frac{m^2-1}{3}\qquad(\star)\end{align}$$ Motivation : I reached ...
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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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$\pi$ in terms of $4$?

I'm trying to define $\pi$ in terms of $4$ by placing a unit circle inside a square, and subtracting the corners of the square. I'm attempting to use summation to define the area of a corner, then ...
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A (probably trivial) induction problem: $\sum_2^nk^{-2}\lt1$

So I'm a bit stuck on the following problem I'm attempting to solve. Essentially, I'm required to prove that $\frac{1}{2^2}+\frac{1}{3^2}+\cdots+\frac{1}{n^2} < 1$ for all $n$. I've been toiling ...
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Finding the value of $\sum\limits_{k=0}^{\infty}\frac{2^{k}}{2^{2^{k}}+1}$

Does this weighted sum of reciprocals of Fermat numbers, $$ F=\sum_{k=0}^{\infty}\dfrac{2^{k}}{2^{2^{k}}+1} $$ have a nice closed form? Wolfram says it's $1$. Thanks.
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Is this algebraic identity obvious? $\sum_{i=1}^n \prod_{j\neq i} {\lambda_j\over \lambda_j-\lambda_i}=1$

If $\lambda_1,\dots,\lambda_n$ are distinct positive real numbers, then $$\sum_{i=1}^n \prod_{j\neq i} {\lambda_j\over \lambda_j-\lambda_i}=1.$$ This identity follows from a probability calculation ...
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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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Sum of the form $r+r^2+r^4+\dots+r^{2^k} = \sum_{i=1}^k r^{2^k}$

I am wondering if there exists any formula for the following power series : $$S = r + r^2 + r^4 + r^8 + r^{16} + r^{32} + ...... + r^{2^k}$$ Is there any way to calculate the sum of above series (if ...
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Fibonacci-related sum

Related to this question Find a solution for f(1/x)+f(1+x)=x, what is this sum: $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}(-1)^n\left(\frac{F_n}{F_{n+1}}-\frac1{\phi}\right)$$ where $F_n$ is the $n$th Fibonacci number and ...
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an inequality: $1+\frac1{2^2}+\frac1{3^2}+\dotsb+\frac1{n^2}\lt\frac53$

$n$ is a positive integer, then $$1+\frac1{2^2}+\frac1{3^2}+\dotsb+\frac1{n^2}\lt\frac53.$$ please don't refer to the famous $1+\frac1{2^2}+\frac1{3^2}+\dotsb=\frac{\pi^2}6$. I want to find a ...
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Calculate $\frac{1}{5^1}+\frac{3}{5^3}+\frac{5}{5^5}+\frac{7}{5^7}+\frac{9}{5^9}+\cdots$

I'm an eight-grader and I need help to answer this math problem. Problem: Calculate $$\frac{1}{5^1}+\frac{3}{5^3}+\frac{5}{5^5}+\frac{7}{5^7}+\frac{9}{5^9}+\cdots$$ This one is very hard for ...
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Is there a fundamental reason that $\int_b^a = -\int_a^b$

Is there a fundamental reason that switching the order of the limits in an integral results in the negative, i.e., $$\int_b^af(x)\,dx = -\int_a^bf(x)\,dx?$$ As far as I can tell, this is just chosen ...
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Proving $1^3+ 2^3 + \cdots + n^3 = \left(\frac{n(n+1)}{2}\right)^2$ using induction

How can I prove that $$1^3+ 2^3 + \cdots + n^3 = \left(\frac{n(n+1)}{2}\right)^2$$ for all $n \in \mathbb{N}$? I am looking for a proof using mathematical induction. Thanks
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How to either prove or disprove if it is possible to arrange a series of numbers such the sum of any two adjacent number adds up to a prime number

I'm wondering if it's possible to write a theorem to prove or disprove the possibility of arranging a sequence of numbers (1,2,...n) such that the sum of any two numbers adds up to a prime number. An ...
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Closed form for $\sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac{(-1)^n n^4 H_n}{2^n}$

Please help me to find a closed form for the sum $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac{(-1)^n n^4 H_n}{2^n},$$ where $H_n$ are harmonic numbers: $$H_n=\sum_{k=1}^n\frac{1}{k}=\frac{\Gamma'(n+1)}{n!}+\gamma.$$
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Using Fourier Series to compute sums

I have just started learning the basics of Fourier series and have some doubts about it. I am aware that Fourier series can be used to compute infinite sums. For example, $\zeta(2)$ and $\eta(2)$ can ...
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How prove that:$\varphi(2)+\varphi(3)+\varphi(4)+\cdots+\varphi(n)\ge\frac{n(n-1)}{4}+1$

Prove that for $n\ge 3$, $$\varphi(2)+\varphi(3)+\varphi(4)+\cdots+\varphi(n)\ge\dfrac{n(n-1)}{4}+1$$ where $\varphi$ is the Euler's totient function I think we must use this ...
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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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Is there a formula for $\sum_{n=1}^{k} \frac1{n^3}$?

I am searching for the value of $$\sum_{n=k+1}^{\infty} \frac1{n^3} \stackrel{?}{=} \sum_{n = 1}^{\infty} \frac1{n^3} - \sum_{n=1}^{k} \frac1{n^3} = \zeta(3) - \sum_{n=1}^{k} \frac1{n^3}$$ For which ...
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How close can $\sum_{k=1}^n \sqrt{k}$ be to an integer?

How close can $S(n) = \sum_{k=1}^n \sqrt{k}$ be to an integer? Is there some $f(n)$ such that, if $I(x)$ is the closest integer to $x$, then $|S(n)-I(S(n))|\ge f(n)$ (such as $1/n^2$, $e^{-n}$, ...). ...
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Induction: $\sum_{k=0}^n \binom nk k^2 = n(1+n)2^{n-2}$

I found crazy (for me at least) induction example, in fact it just would be nice to prove. (Even have problems with starting) Any hints are highly valued: ...
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Is there a way to denote the calculation $1+2+3+\dots+n$? [duplicate]

Since $n!$ represents $$1\cdot2\cdot3\cdots n,$$ I am wondering if there is a way to represent $$1+2+3+\dots+n?$$ What are some usual notations for the computation of some common sequences? Any other ...
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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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How does one [easily] calculate $\sum\limits_{n=1}^\infty\frac{\mathrm{pop}(n)}{n(n+1)}$?

How does one [easily] calculate $\sum\limits_{n=1}^\infty\frac{\mathrm{pop}(n)}{n(n+1)}$, where $\mathrm{pop}(n)$ counts the number of bits '1' in the binary representation of $n$? Is there any trick ...