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In the video below, Charlie works out $1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9+10$.

Can you see how his method works?

How could you adapt his method to work out the following sums?

$1 + 2 + 3 + \dots + 19 + 20$

$1 + 2 + 3 + \dots + 99 + 100$

$40 + 41 + 42 + \dots + 99 + 100$

Can Charlie's method be adapted to sum sequences that don't go up in ones?

$1 + 3 + 5 + \dots + 17 + 19$

$2 + 4 + 6 + \dots + 18 + 20$

$42 + 44 + 46 + \dots + 98 + 100$

Can you find an expression for the following sum?

$1 + 2 + 3 + \dots + (n - 1) + n$

If you enjoyed this problem you may be interested to read the article Clever Carl, which tells the story of the young Gauss working on sums like the ones in this problem.