2002 AIME II Problems/Problem 6
Find the integer that is closest to .
We know that .
So if we pull the out of the summation, you get
Now that telescopes, leaving you with:
The small fractional terms are not enough to bring lower than so the answer is
If you didn't know , here's how you can find it out:
We know . We can use the process of fractional decomposition to split this into two fractions thus: for some A and B.
Solving for A and B gives or . Since there is no n term on the left hand side, and by inspection . Solving yields
Then we have and we can continue as before.
NB: Although the answer to Problem 6 doesn't change, the value of the telescoping sum is incorrect as given. Instead of the correct sum is
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