Hey guys,
Let set A contain the integers 1-48 inclusive.
The sum of all the integers is 48-1+1=48 and so we use n(n+1)/2 to get 1176.
How do we sum just the odd numbers OR just the even numbers?
Think like Gauss. Gauss invented the formula for summing the first n integers by pairing up numbers. So, you paired up 1 with 48, 2 with 47, 3 with 46, and so on. Those sums are all the same: 1 + 48 = 49, 2 + 47 = 49, etc. How many of those pairs are there? n/2. Hence, (n/2)(n+1) is the sum. I bet you could reproduce this thinking for just the evens or just the odds. What do you think?
Try this on for size: for the evens from 1 to 48, inclusive:
2 + 48 = 50
4 + 46 = 50
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How many of these pairs are there? Well, there are 24 even numbers from 1 to 48, inclusive, so I'd say there are 12 pairs.
That is, the sum is equal to ... what do you think?
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Without disrepsect to the many clever solutions so far:
either
1,3,5,7,9,....,47 is a linear progression and there are standard methods for summing those. It can easily be transformed into a hypergeometric progression (with ratio 1) and there are also standard methods for summing those.
or
You have a formula for the sum of all integers in the range, and undefined gave you a clever formula for the sum of all even numbers in the range. The sum of all odd numbers is the difference between the two
ie
1+2+3+4+5+....+47+48 = 1176 (in question)
2+4+6+8+...48 = 600 (from undefined's clever post)
So
1+3+5+7+9+...47 = 1176-600
What about this trick...I think it works for almost everything:
Use formula a+(n-1)+d=x
where a= first number in progression, d=difference in progression and x=last number in progression. Solve for n.
Then, take n(a+x)/2=Sum of numbers.
So, if we want to sum the odd numbers, we see that we havev 1+3+5+...+47
a=1 and d=2 and x=47.
1+2(n-1)=47
n=24.
(24(48))/2=576
I think you can use this to find all even, odd, numbers divisible by 7 etc etc