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    Summation Notation Formulas

    I'm sorry that I don't know the code for sigma notation for the forums but my question is a fairly straight forward one.

    I've been give

    End = 35, Start = 1 (3n^2+5n-2)

    End = 50, Start = 1 (n-4)^3

    I would be a serious pain in the butt to input each number into the equation and add them all up, so I'd like to know if anyone knew the formulas? I have found the formulas.

    At this url, and my question is...accoding to the formulas, I start with a negative number? Considering the number without an exponent or variable (-2) is negative.
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    Re: Summation Notation Formulas

    Quote Originally Posted by UnstoppableBeast View Post
    I'm sorry that I don't know the code for sigma notation for the forums but my question is a fairly straight forward one.

    I've been given

    End = 35, Start = 1 (3n^2+5n-2)

    End = 50, Start = 1 (n-4)^3

    I would be a serious pain in the butt to input each number into the equation and add them all up, so I'd like to know if anyone knew the formulas? I have found the formulas.

    At this url, and my question is...accoding to the formulas, I start with a negative number? Considering the number without an exponent or variable (-2) is negative.
    Use "\sum_{n=1}^{35}(3n^2+5n-2)" along with TEX tags to get:

    \sum_{n=1}^{35}(3n^2+5n-2)
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    Re: Summation Notation Formulas

    Quote Originally Posted by UnstoppableBeast View Post
    I'm sorry that I don't know the code for sigma notation for the forums but my question is a fairly straight forward one.

    I've been give

    End = 35, Start = 1 (3n^2+5n-2)

    End = 50, Start = 1 (n-4)^3

    I would be a serious pain in the butt to input each number into the equation and add them all up, so I'd like to know if anyone knew the formulas? I have found the formulas.

    At this url, and my question is...accoding to the formulas, I start with a negative number? Considering the number without an exponent or variable (-2) is negative.
    1. \displaystyle \sum_{n = 1}^{35}{\left(3n^2 + 5n - 2\right)} = 3\sum_{n = 1}^{35}{\left(n^2\right)} + 5\sum_{n = 1}^{35}{(n)} - 2\sum_{n = 1}^{35}{(1)}.

    There are formulas to evaluate the first two summands, and the third is simply \displaystyle 35 \times 1.

    2.
    \displaystyle \begin{align*} \sum_{n = 1}^{50}{\left(n - 4\right)^3} &= (-3)^3 + (-2)^3 + (-1)^3 + 0^3 + 1^3 + 2^3 + \dots + 56^3 \\ &= -27 - 8 - 1 + 0 + \sum_{n = 1}^{56}{n^3} \\ &= -36 + \sum_{n = 1}^{56}{n^3} \end{align*}

    There is a formula to sum cubes as well
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