# Homework Help: Finding a formula for a difficult sequence

1. Apr 14, 2009

### torquerotates

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data I'm trying to find a formula for 1, 3, 6, 10 ... for n=2,3,4,....

3. The attempt at a solution
Well I know that the difference between each number is increasing by 1. For example, the difference between 1 and 3 is 2, between 3 and 6 is 3, between 6 and 10 is 4 and so on. But, I just don't see a formula.

2. Apr 14, 2009

### rochfor1

Hi! $$a_n = \sum_{ k = 1 }^n k = \frac{ n ( n + 1 ) }{ 2 }$$

3. Apr 14, 2009

### torquerotates

For some reason, I can't read that.