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Finite series

  1. Feb 12, 2014 #1
    I have a finite sum of the form:


    Is there any trick to evalute this sum to a closed form expression? e.g. like when a finite geometric series is evaluated in closed form.
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  3. Feb 12, 2014 #2


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    Not here.
    You can often get a clue by treating a sum as an integral. In this case you can break it into a difference of two integrals. The first corresponds to ∑n=1Nexp(an), which is simply the sum of a geometric series, but the second becomes constant*∫eax2.dx.
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