Calculus 8th Edition

Published by Cengage
ISBN 10: 1285740629
ISBN 13: 978-1-28574-062-1

Appendix E - Sigma Notation - E Exercises - Page A38: 36



Work Step by Step

Find the value of the $n$ for the sum $\sum\limits_{i =1}^{n}i=78$ Since, $\sum\limits_{i =1}^{n}i=\frac{n(n+1)}{2}$ Thus, $\frac{n(n+1)}{2}=78$ $n^{2}+n=78\times2$ $n^{2}+n=156$ $n^{2}+n-156=0$ $(n+13)(n-12)=0$ $n=-13, 12$ Neglect the negative value of $n$, we have $n=12$ Hence, $n=12$
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