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    How do you do this?

    Hi, I've got some problems for homework and I'm not sure how to do this one:

    Sum the series:

    3^2 + 6^2 + 9^2 + ... + 2997^2 + 3000^2


    Could someone please explain how it's done?
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    I think I got it.

    Is the answer 1001500500?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sstr
    Hi, I've got some problems for homework and I'm not sure how to do this one:

    Sum the series:

    3^2 + 6^2 + 9^2 + ... + 2997^2 + 3000^2


    Could someone please explain how it's done?
    3^2 + 6^2 + 9^2 + ... + 2997^2 + 3000^2=
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=9(1^2+2^2+..+999^2+1000^2)= \mathrm{XXXXXXXXXXXX}<br />

    CENSORED BY AUTHOR because this is one of the questions in an enrichment
    series (problem 5 in the take home Noether Student problems for the 2006
    Nerichment program run by the Australian MAthematical Olympiad Committee)

    RonL
    Last edited by CaptainBlack; July 10th 2006 at 05:00 AM.
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    Sorry, I don't understand.

    Why is it 9 outside the brackets?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sstr
    Sorry, I don't understand.

    Why is it 9 outside the brackets?
    The general term of the sequence (3n)^2 which is equivalent to 9n^2.

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    Hello, sstr!

    Let me give it a try . . .


    Sum the series: . 3^2 + 6^2 + 9^2 + 12^2 + \hdots + 2997^2 + 3000^2

    We have: . X \;= \;(3\!\cdot\!1)^2 + (3\!\cdot\!2)^2 + (3\!\cdot\!3)^2 + (3\!\cdot\!4)^2  + \hdots + (3\!\cdot\!999)^2 + (3\!\cdot\!1000)^2

    . . . . . . . . X \;= \;3^2\!\cdot\!1^2 + 3^2\!\cdot\!2^2 + 3^2\!\cdot\!3^2 + 3^2\!\cdot\!4^2 + \hdots + 3^2\!\cdot\!999^2 + 3^2\!\cdot\!1000^2

    Factor:. . . X\;=\;3^2\underbrace{\left(1^2 + 2^2 + 3^2 + 4^2 + \hdots + 999^2 + 1000^2\right)}
    . . . . . . . . . . . . This is the sum of the first 1000 squares


    The sum of the first n squares is given by: . S_n\;=\;\frac{n(n+1)(2n+1)}{6}

    . . Hence: . S_{1000}\;=\;\frac{1000\cdot1001\cdot2001}{6}\:=\;  333,833,500


    Therefore: . X\;=\;9 \times 333,833,500\quad\Rightarrow\quad\boxed{X\,=\,3,004  ,501,500}

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    Thank you everyone, I understand now.
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