



 
Hi Jamelia, The sigma notation is a shorthand way to represent a sum. The Greek letter Σ somewhat corresponds to the English letter S and for this reason it was chosen to represent a sum. You have the sum 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 and I want to introduce a letter i and say 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 is "the sum of i as i goes from 1 to 5". The shorthand sigma notation for this is The letter Σ stands for sum, what comes after the Σ, in this case i, tells you what to sum and the numbers above and below Σ tell you the range of the summation. This doesn't seem like much of a shorthand for your example but is much compact than tying to write all 100 term for 1 + 2 + 3 + all the way to 100. The sigma notation is very useful and versatile. For example if you want the sum of the first 5 positive even integers, 2 + 4 + 6 + 8 + 10 you can write this I read this as the sum of two i as i goes from 1 to 5. I hope this helps,  


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