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Slick Summing

Watch the video to see how Charlie works out the sum. Can you adapt his method?

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A Little Light Thinking

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Natural Sum

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

The picture illustrates the sum $1 + 2 + 3 + 4 = (4 \times5)/2$. Prove the general formula for the sum of the first $n$ natural numbers and the formula for the sum of the cubes of the first n natural numbers. See the problem Picture Story .