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In the course of doing my quantum homework I ran into a bit of a snag.

In one of my calculations I need to replace the sum from n = 1 to infinity of 1/n^2 (for odd n only) with its number value.

My book instructs me to get the information from a table and actualy gives the value (for odd n) of the infinite series for 1/n^4 = (pi^4)/96.

In calculus the only series I evaluated to get numbers were geometric and telescoping.

I tried to rewrite my own series as a telescoping and run from there, but I feel like I'm wasting time and trying to reinvent the wheel.

A google search gave me little, and I think I'm using the wrong key words in my wikapedia search.

Does anyone know where I can find my missing piece of info?

thanks,

*melinda*

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# Homework Help: QM Value of an infinite sum

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