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Quote:WizardGood problem. I had seen it before, so stayed out of it. I wouldn't have filed it as an "easy math problem" (the title of the thread).

Well, here's an easy one:

For what positive value p does 1 + 2 p + 3 p

^{2}+ 4 p

^{3}+ 5 p

^{4}+ ... = 25?

Show your work - none of this "I approximated it on Excel" stuff.

Quote:ThatDonGuyWell, here's an easy one:

For what positive value p does 1 + 2 p + 3 p^{2}+ 4 p^{3}+ 5 p^{4}+ ... = 25?

Show your work - none of this "I approximated it on Excel" stuff.

Let equation A be 25=1 +2p +3p^2 etc... (the equation as stated)

Let equation B be 25p = p + 2p^2 + 3p^3 etc.

Let C equal A minus B to get 25(1-p) = 1 + p + p^2 + p^3 + p^4 etc

Let D be p*C = p + p^2 + p^3 etc

Then C minus D is 25(1-p)^2 = 1

solve to get p=4/5

Quote:rsactuaryLet equation A be 25=1 +2p +3p^2 etc... (the equation as stated)

Let equation B be 25p = p + 2p^2 + 3p^3 etc.

Let C equal A minus B to get 25(1-p) = 1 + p + p^2 + p^3 + p^4 etc

Let D be p*C = p + p^2 + p^3 etc

Then C minus D = 25(1-p)^2 = 1

solve to get p=4/5

Correct.

Another way to do this is to note that:

1 + 2 p + 3 p

^{2}+ 4 p

^{3}+ ... = (1 + p + p

^{2}+ p

^{3}+ ...)

^{2}.

Quote:ThatDonGuyCorrect.

Another way to do this is to note that:

1 + 2 p + 3 p^{2}+ 4 p^{3}+ ... = (1 + p + p^{2}+ p^{3}+ ...)^{2}.

Yeah, it's been too long since I did stuff like this on a regular basis or I would have recognized that. I kind of got there by first principles.

Quote:GialmereThis one made a splash in India a few years back.

I count

Quote:unJonI count

18

Correct!

Your geometry teacher would be proud.

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