# Math Contest #24 [2 SBI]

in #puzzle2 years ago

Here you can keep your brain fit by solving math related problems and also earn SBI or sometimes other rewards by doing so.
The problems usually contain a mathematical equation that in my opinion is fun to solve or has an interesting solution.
I will also only choose problems that can be solved without additional tools(at least not if you can calculate basic stuff in your head), so don't grab your calculator, you won't need it.
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# Rules

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# Problem

Find the limit of the following infinite sum:

You are allowed to assume convergence because it would be easy to show.

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Too difficult. I'm out ;-)

``````>>> sum([1/(x*(x + 3)) for x in range(1, int(1e8))])
0.611111100938577
``````

But since this is the math contest I assume you're not looking for a numerical solution here?

No.
This is not only because this is a math contest, but also because your result is not 100% exact.

I would say you split 1/(x*(x+3))=1/(3*x)-1/(3*(x+3))=1/3*(1/x-1/(x+3)). Now if you sum over these terms everything cancels out except 1/3*(1/1+1/2+1/3)=11/18

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