# Trouble Writing Sum

1. Nov 23, 2013

### Qube

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

I'm having trouble writing a sum for this:

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2. Relevant equations

delta x = (b-a)/n

n = 4
b-a = 2
delta x = 1/2

3. The attempt at a solution

I keep writing this. But we can't solve this for anything; 4/i when i = 0 is infinity. What am I doing wrong?

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2. Nov 23, 2013

### SteamKing

Staff Emeritus
For one thing, f(x) = 2/x. IDK what 4/i is supposed to represent.

3. Nov 23, 2013

### Qube

I think the issue here is finding the correct general term for xi and the correct bounds of summation.

I did it again, and this time for the general term I am using i/2 + 1, and the bounds of summation as i = 0 and i = 3.

I find that drawing a sketch helps. Immensely.

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Last edited: Nov 23, 2013