# Homework Help: Slove this

1. Oct 1, 2008

### tharindhudg

sum of 1 n = 20/ r = 1
r(r+1)

2. Oct 1, 2008

### mathman

It would help if you could clarify your expression.

3. Oct 4, 2008

### ramsey2879

If construed as a number theory problem, the best that I could come up with

sum of 1 to n = r(r+1) sum of 1 to 3 = 2*3 etc.
sum of 1 to n = 20/r sum of 1 to 4 = 20/2
So r = 2

Last edited: Oct 4, 2008
4. Oct 5, 2008

### mathman

If I understand you correctly, you are summing the integers from 1 to n.
This sum is n(n+1)/2. I have no idea what you mean by r.

5. Oct 5, 2008

### Mr Noblet

This topic made me laugh for some reason.

6. Oct 5, 2008

### ramsey2879

I viewed it as two diophantine equations in two variables

n(n+2)/2 = r(r+1) and m(m+1)/2 = 20/r for which the only solution is n = 3, m =4, r = 2

I did not use the formula n(n+1)/2 since I knew the values of n(3) and n(4) already.

No certainty that I understood the problem correctly though I don't see how there could be a different problem intended.