# Questions tagged [summation]

Questions about evaluating summations, especially finite summations. For infinite series, please consider the (sequences-and-series) tag instead.

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### Sum of First $n$ Squares Equals $\frac{n(n+1)(2n+1)}{6}$

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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### 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 interpretation ...
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### Evaluating Combination Sum $\sum{n+k\choose 2k} 2^{n-k}$

Evaluate $$\sum_{k=0}^n{n+k\choose 2k} 2^{n-k}$$ So im not really sure how to begin with this. I would imagine we start with dividing out $2^{n}$, but not really sure much past that
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### How to prove Vandermonde's Identity: $\sum_{k=0}^{n}\binom{R}{k}\binom{M}{n-k}=\binom{R+M}{n}$?

How can we prove that $$\sum_{k=0}^{n}\binom{R}{k}\binom{M}{n-k}=\binom{R+M}{n}?$$ (Presumptive) Source: Theoretical Exercise 8, Ch 1, A First Course in Probability, 8th ed by Sheldon Ross.
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### Proving $\sum\limits_{k=1}^{n}{\frac{1}{\sqrt{k}}\ge\sqrt{n}}$ with induction

I am just starting out learning mathematical induction and I got this homework question to prove with induction but I am not managing. $$\sum\limits_{k=1}^{n}{\frac{1}{\sqrt{k}}\ge\sqrt{n}}$$ ...
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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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### Expressing a factorial as difference of powers: $\sum_{r=0}^{n}\binom{n}{r}(-1)^r(l-r)^n=n!$?

The successive difference of powers of integers leads to factorial of that power. Here's the formula: $$\sum_{r=0}^{n}\binom{n}{r}(-1)^r(n-r)^n=n!$$ Can anyone give a proof of this result? Note: ...
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### Floor function properties: $[2x] = [x] + [ x + \frac12 ]$ and $[nx] = \sum_{k = 0}^{n - 1} [ x + \frac{k}{n} ]$

I'm doing some exercises on Apostol's calculus, on the floor function. Now, he doesn't give an explicit definition of $[x]$, so I'm going with this one: DEFINITION Given $x\in \Bbb R$, the integer ...
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### What is the formula for $\frac{1}{1\cdot 2}+\frac{1}{2\cdot 3}+\frac{1}{3\cdot 4}+\cdots +\frac{1}{n(n+1)}$

How can I find the formula for the following equation? $$\frac{1}{1\cdot 2}+\frac{1}{2\cdot 3}+\frac{1}{3\cdot 4}+\cdots +\frac{1}{n(n+1)}$$ More importantly, how would you approach finding the ...
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### Trig sum: $\tan ^21^\circ+\tan ^22^\circ+…+\tan^2 89^\circ = ?$

As the title suggests, I'm trying to find the sum $$\tan^21^\circ+\tan^2 2^\circ+...+\tan^2 89^\circ$$ I'm looking for a solution that doesn't involve complex numbers, or any other advanced branch in ...
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### What is the term for a factorial type operation, but with summation instead of products? [duplicate]

(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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### How to get to the formula for the sum of squares of first n numbers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I come up with a function to count a pyramid of apples? Proof that $\sum\limits_{k=1}^nk^2 = \frac{n(n+1)(2n+1)}{6}$? Finite Sum of Power? I know that the sum of ...
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### Proving $\sum\limits_{k=0}^{n}\cos(kx)=\frac{1}{2}+\frac{\sin(\frac{2n+1}{2}x)}{2\sin(x/2)}$

I am being asked to prove that $$\sum\limits_{k=0}^{n}\cos(kx)=\frac{1}{2}+\frac{\sin(\frac{2n+1}{2}x)}{2\sin(x/2)}$$ I have some progress made, but I am stuck and could use some help. What I did: ...
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### How to prove $\sum\limits_{r=0}^n \frac{(-1)^r}{r+1}\binom{n}{r} = \frac1{n+1}$?

Other than the general inductive method,how could we show that $$\sum_{r=0}^n \frac{(-1)^r}{r+1}\binom{n}{r} = \frac1{n+1}$$ Apart from induction, I tried with Wolfram Alpha to check the validity, ...
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### How to show that this binomial sum satisfies the Fibonacci relation?

The binomial sum $$s_n=\binom{n+1}{0}+\binom{n}{1}+\binom{n-1}{2}+\cdots$$ satisfies the Fibonacci relation. I failed to prove that $\binom{n-k+1}{k}=\binom{n-k}{k}+\binom{n-k-1}{k}$... Any hints ...
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### Is there a direct, elementary proof of $n = \sum_{k|n} \phi(k)$?

If $k$ is a positive natural number then $\phi(k)$ denotes the number of natural numbers less than $k$ which are prime to $k$. I have seen proofs that $n = \sum_{k|n} \phi(k)$ which basically ...
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### Methods to compute $\sum_{k=1}^nk^p$ without Faulhaber's formula

As far as every question I've seen concerning "what is $\sum_{k=1}^nk^p$" is always answered with "Faulhaber's formula" and that is just about the only answer. In an attempt to make more interesting ...
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### Does uncountable summation, with a finite sum, ever occur in mathematics?

Obviously, “most” of the terms must cancel out with opposite algebraic sign. You can contrive examples such as the sum of the members of R being 0, but does an uncountable sum, with a finite sum, ...
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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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