2018 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 9
Problem
What is
Solution 2
Recall that the sum of the first positive integers is It follows that ~Vfire ~MRENTHUSIASM
Solution 3
Recall that the sum of the first positive integers is Since the nested summation is symmetric with respect to and it follows that ~Vfire ~MRENTHUSIASM
Solution 4
The sum contains terms, and the average value of both and is Therefore, the sum becomes ~Rejas ~MRENTHUSIASM
Solution 5
We can start by writing out the first couple of terms: Looking at the first terms in the parentheses, we can see that occurs times. It goes vertically and exists times horizontally. Looking at the second terms in the parentheses, we can see that occurs times. It goes horizontally and exists times vertically.
Thus, we have
Solution 6
When we expand the nested summation as shown in Solution 5, note that:
- The term appears time.
The term appears times.
The term appears times.
The term appears times.
More generally, the term appears times for
- The term appears times.
The term appears times.
The term appears times.
The term appears time.
More generally, the term appears times for
Together, the nested summation becomes ~MRENTHUSIASM
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