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# What is the value of 2(1-1/2) + 3(1-1/3) + … + 100(1 – 1/100)?

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[GMAT math practice question]

What is the value of $$2(1-\frac{1}{2}) + 3(1-\frac{1}{3}) + … + 100(1 – \frac{1}{100})$$?

$$A. 3600$$
$$B. 4800$$
$$C. 4950$$
$$D. 5000$$
$$E. 5050$$

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MathRevolution wrote:
[GMAT math practice question]

What is the value of $$2(1-\frac{1}{2}) + 3(1-\frac{1}{3}) + … + 100(1 – \frac{1}{100})$$?

$$A. 3600$$
$$B. 4800$$
$$C. 4950$$
$$D. 5000$$
$$E. 5050$$

the series $$2(1-\frac{1}{2}) + 3(1-\frac{1}{3}) + … + 100(1 – \frac{1}{100})$$
upon doing the calculation we observe is a cosective number series from 1 to 99
so sum of n no in series
n * (n+1) /2 = 99 * 100/2
IMO C 4950
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19 Mar 2019, 19:16
MathRevolution wrote:
[GMAT math practice question]

What is the value of $$2(1-\frac{1}{2}) + 3(1-\frac{1}{3}) + … + 100(1 – \frac{1}{100})$$?

$$A. 3600$$
$$B. 4800$$
$$C. 4950$$
$$D. 5000$$
$$E. 5050$$

Simplifying we see that we have:

(2 - 1) + (3 - 1) + ... + (100 - 1) = 1 + 2 + …. + 99

So we see that we need to determine the sum of the consecutive integers from 1 to 99, inclusive:

sum = average x number

sum = (1 + 99)/2 x 99

sum = 50 x 99 = 4950

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