Calculate the sum of an arithmetic sequence with the formula (n/2)(2a + (n-1)d). The sum is represented by the Greek letter sigma, while the variable a is the first value of the sequence, d is the difference between values in the sequence, and n is the number of terms in the series.
Continue ReadingFind the arithmetic value that describes the difference between each term in the series, and set it equal to d. For example, the series {1, 2, 3} has a difference of 1 between each term, while the series {0, 3, 6, 9} has a difference of 3.
The number of terms added together in the series is represented by the variable n, so count up the total number of terms you want to find the sum of. For example, the series {2, 4, 6, 8} has four terms, so the value of n would be 4.
Using the equation (n/2)(2a + (n-1)d), plug in the found values for the variables n, a and d.
With all of the values entered, use basic arithmetic to calculate the total sum.