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What is sigma?

What does it stand for?

How does it work?

Do you have any examples of how it works?

any help would be appreciated

(im not sure if this should be in the calc section or not)

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What is sigma?

What does it stand for?

How does it work?

Do you have any examples of how it works?

any help would be appreciated

(im not sure if this should be in the calc section or not)

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Sigma is a sign usually indicating summation.

It works by having some expression to the right of it, a number setting a lower limit on the bottom, and a number setting an upper limit on the top. Sometimes, there are constants on the outside (to the left) of it. You then plug in each number from the lower limit to the upper limit into the expression and add them up.

A good example would be the binomial theorem. Since I don't know LaTeX, it would be better if someone else did this.

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do you know of any links that could expand on this...

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I give a http://home.comcast.net/~rossgr1/Math/one.PDF of Sigma notation on page 4 of this pdf.

Also lower case sigma is used for standard deviation in statistics.

Also lower case sigma is used for standard deviation in statistics.

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You probably want to go over sequences and series before going into sigma-math. After that, things should be pretty clear.

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thanks alot

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