SigmaPractise using the sigma notation to find the sum of various number series 
This is level 1: write out the terms of the series defined by the sigma expression. The first question has been done as an example. You will be awarded a trophy if you get at least 5 correct and you do this activity online.
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Level 1  Write out the terms of the series defined by the sigma expression
Level 2  Determine whether a series is arithmetic or geometric
Level 3  Evaluate the sums of the series
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Sequences  A list of resources including lesson Starters, visual aids, investigations and selfmarking exercises.
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See the National Curriculum page for links to related online activities and resources.
Don't wait until you have finished the exercise before you click on the 'Check' button. Click it often as you work through the questions to see if you are answering them correctly. You can doubleclick the 'Check' button to make it float at the bottom of your screen.
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Some calculators have a sigma function. The image below shows the function on a TINspire calculator. This function would be useful to calculate the answers to the questions in Level 3 but as you can see from Level 1 and Level 2 it is easy to find questions involving the sigma notation that cannot be answered with the help of the calculator.
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