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Summations and Products


  • Summations: $\sum_{i=a}^{b}c_i=c_a+c_{a+1}+c_{a+2}...+c_{b-1}+c_{b}$
  • Products: $\prod_{i=a}^{b}c_i=c_a\cdot c_{a+1}\cdot c_{a+2}...\cdot c_{b-1}\cdot c_{b}$

Rules of Summation

$\sum_{i=a}^{b}f_1(i)+f_2(i)+\ldots f_n(i)=\sum_{i=a}^{b}f(i)+\sum_{i=a}^{b}f_2(i)+\ldots+\sum_{i=a}^{b}f_n(i)$

$\sum_{i=a}^{b}c\cdot f(i)=c\cdot \sum_{i=a}^{b}f(i)$

$\sum_{i=1}^{n} i= \frac{n(n+1)}{2}$, and in general $\sum_{i=a}^{b} i= \frac{(b-a+1)(a+b)}{2}$

The above should all be self-evident and provable by the reader within seconds.

$\sum_{i=1}^{n} i^2 = \frac{n(n+1)(2n+1)}{6}$

Derivation: We write $n^2$ as $a_1\binom{n}{1}+a_2\binom{n}{2}$. Substituting n=1 gives $a_1=1$ while substituting n=2 gives $a_2=2$. Hence, $n^2=\binom{n}{1}+2\binom{n}{2}$.

Now, $\sum_{i=1}^{n} i^2=\sum_{i=1}^n (\binom{i}{1}+2\binom{i}{2})=\sum_{i=1}^n \binom{i}{1}+2\sum_{i=1}^n \binom{i}2=\binom{n+1}{2}+2\binom{n+1}{3}$, where we use the Hockey-Stick Identity. After some algebra, this comes out to $\frac{(n)(n+1)(2n+1)}{6}$.

This method can be generalized nicely; $i^n=\sum_{k=1}^n a_k\binom{i}{k}$.

Particularly notable is the case $n=3$; we get $\sum_{i=1}^{n} i^3 = \left(\sum_{i=1}^{n} i\right)^2 = \left(\frac{n(n+1)}{2}\right)^2$. The reader can figure this out themselves.

Rules of Products


$\prod_{i=a}^{b}x\cdot y=x^{(b-a+1)}y^{(b-a+1)}$

These should be self-evident, as above.

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