Hi... can anyone help me with this ?
looks simple, i know! but i forgot the method =(
basically i want to expand
the sum of r between r = 1 upto n-1
to get
1/2n(n-1)
how would i do this?
thanks!
No, you cannot use the same method.
The previous one shows how to develop a formula for summing consecutive natural numbers.
If you want to sum consecutive squares, that's more involved.
You would need to understand the previous one quite well before attempting
to find a quick way to sum squares.
Here is a way to do it using "telescoping".
If you want to sum squares from r=1 to n-1, then you could use the following
Telescoping
all the way to
When these are summed, all terms except and 1 cancel.
Hence
2 summed n-1 times is 2(n-1)
Hence
If we sum all the way to n, this is more commonly known as the sum of squares