Exactly! Well done.Quote:

Originally posted by Nick

I noticed that derivative

of 1 + t + t^2 + t^3 + ... + t^n

is the 0 + 1 + 2t + 3t^2 +... + nt^(n-1)

I'm sure you could give a prove or solve it some how

using this?

If you sum the first series, using the standard geometric series result, you can then differentiate that result to get the sum of the second series, which is the same answer as you got.

Like this:

Summing first series (using standard geometric series result):

1 + t + t^2 + ... + t^n = (1 - t^(n+1))/(1 - t)

d(1 + t + t^2 + ... + t^n)/dt = 1 + 2t + 3t^2 + ... + nt^(n - 1)

Which implies that:

1 + 2t + 3t^2 + ... + nt^(n - 1) = d((1 - t^(n+1))/(1 - t))/dt

= (1 - t^n + nt^(n + 1) - nt^n)/((1 - t)^2)

I think that's quite a nice little solution...