Posted by **Lana** on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 9:39pm.

Find the sum of the 50 greatest negative integers.

I'm supposed to find a, d, and t(at)n, but I'm not sure which is which. I think it makes sense for n to equal 50, but apart from that, I don't know what else to do. I would really appreciate some sort of explanation on how to solve this. Thank you. Oh, and I have a test on this tomorrow, so I really need the help. :)

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**Reiny**, Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 9:50pm
you are simply asked to find

(-50) + (-49) + ... + (-2) + (-1)

there are 50 of these, so n=50

the first term is -50, so a=-50

the common difference is 1, so d=1

S_{50} = 50/2(-50 + (-1) = -1275

I was using S(n) = n/2(first + last)

You could have used

S(n) = n/2[2a + (n-1)d]

= 25[-100 + 49]

= -1275

notice if you had added up the first 50 positive integers you would get +1275

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**Lana**, Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 10:15pm
oh! a = -50?!

for some reason I thought it was 1, but it makes much more sense now. Okay, yeah, I see what you mean. :) Thank you so very much for helping me! :D

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