Arithmetic series

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An arithmetic series is a sum of consecutive terms in an arithmetic sequence. For instance,

$2 + 6 + 10 + 14 + 18$

is an arithmetic series whose value is 50.

To find the sum of an arithmetic sequence, we can write it out in two as so ($S$ is the sum, $a$ is the first term, $z$ is the number of terms, and $d$ is the common difference): \[S =  a  + (a+d) + (a+2d) + ...  + (z-d)  + z\] Flipping the right side of the equation we get \[S = z   + (z-d) + (z-2d) +...   +  (a+d)    + a\]

Now, adding the above two equations vertically, we get

\[2S = (a+z) + (a+z) + (a+z) + ... + (a+z)\]

This equals $2S = n(a+z)$, so the sum is $\frac{n(a+z)}{2}$.


Introductory Problems

Intermediate Problems

Olympiad Problem

See also

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