Gauss’s Method for Summation

  • Gauss’s Method for Summation

    Elaine A. Terry
    My favorite problem-solving lesson is inspired by a well-known story involving the German mathematician Karl Frederick Gauss. In one version of that story, when Gauss was about ten years old, his teacher asked the class to calculate the sum of the first 100 positive integers. Gauss was the first to write the correct answer—within ten minutes (McCown and Sequeira 1994, pp. 2–3).
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