# Math Help - Summation question

1. ## Summation question

$\sum\limits_{k = 0}^{n} \frac{2(k + 1)}{(n + 1)(n + 2)}$

How do I solve this? My brain is failing me.

2. Everything in the summand that does not contain a k can be factored out of the summand. What does that do for you?

3. $\frac{2}{(n + 1)(n + 2)}\sum\limits_{k = 0}^{n} (k + 1)$

So the summation becomes:

$\frac{2}{(n + 1)(n + 2)} (1 + 2 + 3 + ... + n + (n + 1))$

My brain is still stuck. 40C/104F+ temps are killing me. >_<

4. maybe you remember this ...

$1+2+3+...+n = \dfrac{n(n+1)}{2}$

5. Also,

$\displaystyle\sum_{k=1}^{n}1=n.$

6. wonder if the sum is full of typos or if the problem tries to bust you.