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**Monox D. I-Fly****Member**- From: Indonesia
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Determine the value of

I know that it means , but how do I answer? It's from a student worksheet for 7th graders, so they haven't learnt about sequence and series yet. Granted, the book also says that the question was from a middle school-level math contest.

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**bob bundy****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi

The denominators are 'triangle numbers' and there's a formula for those.

n(n+1)/2

Then you can use partial fractions to split each term into two fractions, one positive and one negative.

Most terms then cancel out.

Bob

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**Monox D. I-Fly****Member**- From: Indonesia
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That confirms me that it's definitely not supposed to be for a 7th grader.

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**bob bundy****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Actually it is possible to do the steps just with fractions:

The second term in each bracket cancels with the first term in the next.

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**Monox D. I-Fly****Member**- From: Indonesia
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bob bundy wrote:

Actually it is possible to do the steps just with fractions:

The second term in each bracket cancels with the first term in the next.

Bob

darn, never thought of that! Now, THIS is beautiful! Thanks, bob bundy!

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