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    Exclamation Sequences.

    The sum of n terms of the sequence 1,8,27,64,125,216.... is ________? Please, provide the explanation as well on how you arrived on the result. I know the answer is {n^2x(n+1)^2}/4 but, I simply can't figure out how it came. Any help will be appreciated. If anyone finds a different answer and can prove it, even it will work. I just want to know HOW IT CAME.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ashishgaurav View Post
    The sum of n terms of the sequence 1,8,27,64,125,216.... is ________?
    That sequence is just a_n=n^3.
    So find \sum\limits_{k = 1}^n {k^3 }.
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    look at the sequence of partial sums ...

    1 , 9 , 36 , 100 , 225 , ...

    1^2 , 3^2 , 6^2 , 10^2 , 15^2 , ...

    note that the sequence 1 , 3 , 6 , 10 , 15 , ... is the sequence of triangular numbers whose nth term is

    \dfrac{n(n+1)}{2}
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    Google "sum of cubes"
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    we can prove it by mathematical induction.
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