# Is there a partial sum formula for the Harmonic Series? [duplicate]

There is a partial sum formula for $$\sum_{x=1}^n x^1 = \frac{n(n+1)}{2}$$ and even one when the exponent of $x$ is $0$: $$\sum_{x=1}^n x^0 = n$$ but I cannot find one for exponent $-1$: $$\sum_{x=1}^n x^{-1} = ?$$

I tried $$\frac2{n(n+1)},$$ but that failed miserably.

$$H_n\approx\ln n+\gamma+\frac1{2n}-\frac1{12n^2}$$
is quite good, where $\gamma\approx 0.5772156649$ is the Euler-Mascheroni constant.
• @H.R.: I wouldn't call either the integral representation or the alternating summation a closed form, but they do give alternative ways to look at $H_n$ that can be useful. – Brian M. Scott Jul 13 '16 at 1:53