$$\sum_{k=1}^n k*10^{k-1}$$

I came across this summation of series while I was trying to solve Project Euler Problem 40. The problem can be solved without using this method; however, I want to know how to evaluate this summation to a formula. It gives 1, 21, 321, 4321, ... for n=1,2,3,4, ... $$\frac{10^n(9n-1)+1}{81}$$ I also obtained the formula by using symsum() function of Matlab, but I do not know how to evaluate it.


$$S(n)=\sum_{k=1}^n k10^{k-1}$$

$$=-(n+1)10^{n}+1+\sum_{k=1}^{n} (k+1)10^{k}$$

$$=-(n+1)10^n+1+\sum_{k=1}^{n} k10^k+\sum_{k=1}^{n} {10^k}$$






  • $\begingroup$ Thank you. I chose this as the correct answer. Can you tell me a source for solving methods of more complex series? $\endgroup$ – Ciuv Mar 24 '17 at 14:36
  • $\begingroup$ You're welcome. This in general works for any number other than $10$. Techniques I know of evaluating sums include summation by parts, teslcoping sums, differentiating under summation , integrating over summation, and just algebraic manipulation. I'm unaware of any book that goes into these specifically. You might see them scattered across any calculus book. $\endgroup$ – Ahmed S. Attaalla Mar 24 '17 at 14:40

Hint. One may start with the standard geometric evaluation: $$ 1+x+x^2+...+x^n=\frac{1-x^{n+1}}{1-x}, \quad x\ne1. \tag1 $$ Then by differentiating $(1)$ we have $$ 1+2x+3x^2+...+nx^{n-1}=\frac{1-x^{n+1}}{(1-x)^2}+\frac{-(n+1)x^{n}}{1-x}, \quad x \ne1. \tag2 $$


$$\begin{matrix}1&+2\cdot10&+3\cdot100&+4\cdot1000&+\cdots&(n-1)\cdot10^{n-2}+&n\cdot10^{n-1}=\\\\ 1&+1\cdot10&+1\cdot100&+1\cdot1000&+\cdots&1\cdot10^{n-2}+&1\cdot10^{n-1}\\ &+1\cdot10&+2\cdot100&+3\cdot1000&+\cdots&(n-2)\cdot10^{n-2}+&(n-1)\cdot10^{n-1}\end{matrix}$$

So that, using the geometric summation formula for the first row,


Solving for $S$,


  • $\begingroup$ Since other answer is posted first. I marked it True. Can you tell me A source for solving methods of more complex series Like this? $\endgroup$ – Ciuv Mar 24 '17 at 14:39
  • $\begingroup$ Concrete Mathematics: A Foundation for Computer Science (2nd Edition) 2nd Edition by Ronald L. Graham (Author), Donald E. Knuth (Author), Oren Patashnik (Author) $\endgroup$ – Yves Daoust Mar 24 '17 at 15:16

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