Posted by **Gloria** on Monday, June 11, 2012 at 9:07am.

The sum of the first 5 natural numbers is 15 or (5)(6)/2. The sum of the first 21 natural numbers is 231=(21)(22)/2, and the sum of the first 30 numbers is 465. Use inductive reasoning to derive the formula for the sum of the first n natural numbers.

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