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2 n≥1 562 9.2 Sequences and the Binomial Theorem Summation Notation In the previous section, we introduced sequences and now we shall present notation and theorems
concerning the sum of terms of a sequence. We begin with a deﬁnition, which, while intimidating,
is meant to make our lives easier.
Definition 9.3. Summation Notation: Given a sequence {an }∞ k and numbers m and p
n=
satisfying k ≤ m ≤ p, the summation from m to p of the sequence {an } is written
p an = am + am+1 + . . . + ap
n=m The variable n is called the index of summation. The number m is called the lower limit of
summation while the number p is called the upper limit of summation.
In English, Deﬁnition 9.3 is simply deﬁning a shorthand notation for adding up the terms of the
sequence {an }∞ k from am through ap . The symbol Σ is the capi...
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 Fall '13
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 Algebra, Trigonometry, Cartesian Coordinate System, The Land, The Waves, René Descartes, Euclidean geometry

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