# Natural Numbers and Induction (Analysis with and Introduction to ProofC)

## Homework Statement

Prove that: 1^3 + 2^3 + ... + n^3 = (1 + 2 + ... + n)^2 for all n where n is a natural number

## Homework Equations

Proof by induction:
a) p(1) is true
b) assume p(k) is true then prove p(k+1) for it

## The Attempt at a Solution

I gave this a try for a while but I'm quite stuck.

So far using proof by induction:
p(1) = 1^3 = 1^2 is true

assume that p(k) = 1^3 + 2^3 + ... + k^3 = (1 + 2 + ... + k)^2 is true
then:
p(k+1) = 1^3 + 2^3 + ... + k^3 + (k + 1)^3
= (1 + 2 + ... + k)^2 + (k + 1)^3

Now I'm really not sure where to go or if I'm going the right way. Any sort of hint would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

-Kentt

## Answers and Replies

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Simplify 1+2+3+...k.

Gib Z
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$$\sum_{n=1}^k n= \frac{(k+1)(k)}{2}$$ btw.
You may also like to know that $$\sum_{n=1}^k n^3 = \frac{(k+1)^2k^2}{4}=(\frac{(k+1)k}{2})^2$$...o nvm Thats what your trying to prove...

Thanks IMDerek. Got it done.