# Thread: Geometric Series [Problem]

1. ## Geometric Series [Problem]

Hi everyone, this is my first post here

I would be glad if someone help me with this problem

1,2,2,3,3,3,4,4,4,4,5,5,5,5,5,6,6,6,6,6,6,7....

a1000000= ?

a its geometric serie.

2. Hello,

You can notice that :

if $\displaystyle a_n=k$, then $\displaystyle \sum_{i=1}^k i<n<\sum_{i=1}^{k+1} i$

So the problem is equivalent to finding k such as :

$\displaystyle \underbrace{\sum_{i=1}^k i}_{\dfrac{k(k+1)}{2}} < 1000000 < \underbrace{\sum_{i=1}^{k+1} i}_{\dfrac{(k+1)(k+2)}{2}}$

You can find k by the calculus, but i can give you an approximation :

if k=1413, k(k+1)/2=998991 and (k+1)(k+2)/2=1000405

So k=1413 is solution.

Hence $\displaystyle a_{1000000}=1413$

Err...actually, i don't know why you are told a is geometric series though the series they gave you is kinda arithmetical oO
Perhaps i made a mistake, so if it seems wrong to you, don't hesitate to tell me :s

3. hmm, it's looking small number that solve that you post

hmm, i think its like this 1+2+2+3+3+3+4+4+4+4+5+5+5+5+5+6+6+6+6+6+6+7+7+7+...+

as you can see this goes like this 1 is one time, number 2 its 2 times, number 3 three times , ... number 10 its repeated ten times and continues like this.

so from this up we have $\displaystyle a_{10}=30$

$\displaystyle a_{20}=85$

$\displaystyle a_{30}=156$

so it's going like this, so $\displaystyle a_{1000000}=$ to me looks to be bigger number

anyway thanks very much for your help and your time

Merci

4. Ha !

I thought that the series of $\displaystyle a_n$ was beginning with 1,2,2,3,3,3,4,4,4,4,5,5,5,5,5,6,6,6,6,6,6,7....

I'm sorry, but i can't tell you for the sum of all these terms (need to think more seriously about it)

(you're welcome )

5. Oh, actually, it's simple...

1+2+2+3+3+3+4+4+4+4+5+5+5+5+5+6+6+6+6+6+6+7+7+7+.. .+

This is $\displaystyle \sum_{k=1}^n k*k = \sum_{k=1}^n k^2$

Well, after two lines, i manage to remove reason from my message... I don't remember the value for this sum...

6. hmm, now looks more logical

more near to solution

7. I have a way to find it... Perhaps you can think a little about it (it's very hard to write in latex when ideas just come out...)

(k+1)²=k²+2k+1

=> $\displaystyle \sum_{k=1}^n (k+1)^2 = \sum_{k=1}^n k^2 +2\sum_{k=1}^n k + \sum_{k=1}^n 1$

Assuming that $\displaystyle \sum_{k=1}^n k^2$ is in the form $\displaystyle P(n)$ with P a polynomial of degree 2, you can try to take a recurrence formula from it, as you know $\displaystyle 2\sum_{k=1}^n k + \sum_{k=1}^n 1$

Ok it seems that P is of degree 3.

Maxima gave me this :

(%i12) sum(k^2, k, 1, n), simpsum;
(%o12) (2*n^3+3*n^2+n)/6

& Good luck, because it's possible to find k when you have this formula, but it's very long to do it without calculator.
I'm pretty sure there is a more direct way for this problem, but i'm sorry i can't find any...

8. Originally Posted by bybuti
so it's going like this, so $\displaystyle a_{1000000}=$ to me looks to be bigger number.
It is a larger number. But, only by one: 1414.
Using the ceiling function, $\displaystyle a_n = \left\lceil {\frac{{ - 1 + \sqrt {1 + 8n} }}{2}} \right\rceil$.

9. Gargl..

I hesitated between 1413 and 1414, i didn't remember why i took 1413 although my first result was 1414 :'( Can you help me please ? Now i'm wondering ~

10. Originally Posted by Moo
$\displaystyle a_n=k$, then $\displaystyle \sum_{i=1}^k i<n<\sum_{i=1}^{k+1} i$
Your mistake is right there. Using that scheme we get $\displaystyle a_n=4$ implies that $\displaystyle 10 \le n \le 15$ but $\displaystyle a_{10} = 4,\,a_{11} = 5,\,a_{12} = 5,\,a_{13} = 5,\,a_{14} = 5,\,a_{15} = 5,\,a_{16} = 5$.

11. Hm so the solution is k+1, not k ^^
Thanks

12. Originally Posted by Moo
Hm so the solution is k+1, not k
Just change it to
$\displaystyle a_n=k>1$, then $\displaystyle \sum_{i=1}^{k-1} i < n \le \sum_{i=1}^{k} i$

13. Yeah this sounds better :-)
Now i have to find back why i changed my mind ~

14. Thanks guys, i will see if this is the wanted result