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November 17th, 2010, 05:40 AM   #1
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discrete math....i need help

1+2+3+...+(4^2- 1^2- 3) / 2 , the left hand side of this equation is a telescoping sum, namely every time we add a term of the same for part of the new term cancels out part of the existing sum.

1. find the corresponding sum if we add up the first N non-negative integers. this should simplify our formula.
2. adapt this method to find the sum of the squares of the first N -non-negative integers. to obtain the telescoping component, use (m+1)^3 -m^3=3m^2+3m+1
3. this method can be adapted to find the sum of the Kth powers of the first N non-negative integers and the sum of the fourth powers of the first N non-negative integers.

4. find a formula for the sum of the 10th powers of the first N non-negative integers that involves a close form featuring an algebraic combination including N.


help would be appreciated, please number the responses!!
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http://mathworld.wolfram.com/FaulhabersFormula.html
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