Tool to perform formal calculations with the summation operator Σ ∑ (sigma), allowing arithmetic additions from 1 to n.

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Tag(s) : Arithmetics

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In arithmetic, the summation notation $ \sum_1^n $ (with the Greek letter sigma uppercase) allows to compute a finite addition going from $ 1 $ to $ n $ with an increment of 1 (by default).

__Example:__ The sum of the first $ 5 $ integers $$ 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 = \sum_{i=1}^{5} i $$

Sometimes the sum can be simplified with a formula:

__Example:__ The sum of the $ n $ first integers $$ 1 + 2 + 3 + \cdots + (n-1) + n = \sum_{i=1}^{n} i = \frac{n(n+1)}{2} $$

The calculation by hand is time-consuming, some sums are interesting to learn/know.

Sometimes the sum does not converge to a value, it can diverge and not have a formula to calculate it.

The notation $ \sum_1^\infty $ (sometimes shortened in $ \sum $) indicates the computation of an infinite addition going from $ 1 $ to infinity $ \infty $ with an increment of 1 (by default).

__Example:__ The sum of the inverses of the $ n $ prime squares (Basel problem) $$ \frac{1}{1^2} + \frac{1}{2^2} + \frac{1}{3^2} + \frac{1}{4^2} + \cdots = \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{n^2} = \frac{\pi^2}{6} $$

The demonstration of these sums often involves a limit calculation or a series expansion.

The notation $ \sum \sum $ is read $ \sum \left( \sum \right) $ so the inner sum (inside the parenthesis) is calculated first first, before the outer sum is calculated in a second step.

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