This is a free lesson from our course in Algebra II
In this lesson you'll learn to identify the general term and concept of summation
formula for finite arithmetic series.You'll find here some examples with solution, and the instructor explains all that with the help of audio, video presentation and in own hand writing.
A finite series is a series that has a sum of a finite
number of terms and an infinite series is a series that has a sum of an infinite
number of terms.The sum of terms of an arithmetic sequence, is called an arithmetic series.For example, the sum of the series
(i=1 to 5)[(1)^{i}(i^{2})]
is 15.
The sum of first n terms of an arithmetic series is given by
S_{n} = n/2(a_{1} + a_{2}),
where a_{1} is the first term and a_{n} is the n^{th} term
of the sequence.
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For example, the sum of the arithmetic series (n=5 to 14)(2n+3)
is 160.
Now let us go over further:
If a is the first term and d is the common difference, then arithmetic progression (A. P) is denoted by
a, a + d, a + 2d, a
+ 3d, a + 4d, ..., a + (n  1)d
and the general expression can be written as,
T_{r} = a + (r  1)d.
The common difference 'd' is calculated by subtracting any term from the subsequent
term.
E.g. the 10^{th} term of A. P. 1, 4, 7, 10 ... =1+(101)3=1+(9)3=1+27=
28.
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