# A simple mnemonic to compute sums of powers

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We give a simple recursive formula to obtain the general sum of the first $N$ natural numbers to the $r$th power. Our method allows one to obtain the general formula for the $(r+1)$th power once one knows the general formula for the $r$th power. The method is very simple to remember owing to an analogy with differentiation and integration. Unlike previously known methods, no knowledge of additional specific constants (such as the Bernoulli numbers) is needed. This makes it particularly suitable for applications in cases when one cannot consult external references, for example mathematics competitions.

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@article{Asimplemnemonictocomputesumsofpowers, title = {A simple mnemonic to compute sums of powers}, abstract = {We give a simple recursive formula to obtain the general sum of the first {\$}N{\$} natural numbers to the {\$}r{\$}th power. Our method allows one to obtain the general formula for the {\$}(r+1){\$}th power once one knows the general formula for the {\$}r{\$}th power. The method is very simple to remember owing to an analogy with differentiation and integration. Unlike previously known methods, no knowledge of additional specific constants (such as the Bernoulli numbers) is needed. This makes it particularly suitable for applications in cases when one cannot consult external references, for example mathematics competitions.}, url = {http://arxiv.org/abs/2203.13870v1 http://arxiv.org/pdf/2203.13870v1}, year = 2022, author = {Alessandro Mariani}, comment = {}, urldate = {2022-04-24}, archivePrefix = {arXiv}, eprint = {2203.13870}, primaryClass = {math.GM}, collections = {easily-explained,fun-maths-facts,integerology} }