# Math Help - Summation

1. ## Summation

Use the identity $\displaystyle \frac{1}{i(i+1)}=\frac{1}{i}-\frac{1}{i+1}$ to derive a formula for $\displaystyle \sum_{i=1}^{n}\frac{1}{i(i+1)}$.

I am not sure how to do this.

2. Develop the sum for n=4... what do you see?

3. $\displaystyle \sum_{i=1}^{n}\frac{1}{i(i+1)}=\displaystyle \sum_{i=1}^{n}\frac{1}{i}-\frac{1}{i+1}=(\frac{1}{1}-\frac{1}{2})+(\frac{1}{2}-\frac{1}{3})+(\frac{1}{3}-\frac{1}{4})+...+(\frac{1}{n-1}-\frac{1}{n})+(\frac{1}{n}-\frac{1}{n+1})=1-\frac{1}{n+1}$

By the way it's very famous series!

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