Re: Symbolic summation

• To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
• Subject: [mg101595] Re: Symbolic summation
• From: Peter Breitfeld <phbrf at t-online.de>
• Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2009 23:22:23 -0400 (EDT)
• References: <h3761n\$f3i\$1@smc.vnet.net>

```Luca wrote:

> Hello all, I have a problem, I've to compute a symbolic summation,
> which takes a very long time if I have to do it by hand. I have to
> write the terms of the Volterra series, related to the associated
> linear equation of a system.
>
> The problem is that I'm not really confident with mathematica, I've
> tried to use symbolic calculations with sums, but I think that in my
> case is not so easy.
>
> The problem is that I want a solution of this form:
>
> x1+x2+x3+x4+x5...
>
> Where the 1, 2, 3 and 4 and 5 are the summation subscripts...
>
> My summation is not infinite, I have to stop it.
>
> If I write something like this:
>
> n = 3;
>
> Sum[kl, {l, 2, n}]
>
> I obtain 2kl, instead I want to obtain k2+k3.
>
> Is it possible with mathematica?
>

Luca,

kl is one symbol for Mathematica, so your input of Sum[kl,{l,2,n}] will
be evaluated to kl+kl.
You have to make l a variable, like this:

Sum[k[l],{l,2,3}]

or

Sum[Subscript[a, l], {l, 2, 10}]

--
_________________________________________________________________
Peter Breitfeld, Bad Saulgau, Germany -- http://www.pBreitfeld.de

```

• Prev by Date: Re: Selecting Rows Based on Column Values
• Next by Date: Re: Symbolic summation
• Previous by thread: Re: Symbolic summation
• Next by thread: arbitrary size kernel