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Maths Item of the Month

July 2014
Summer All Over

Take the set of the reciprocals of all the positive integers from 1 to n.

Show that the sum of the products of the possible subsets (including the complete set) is equal to n.

e.g. for n = 3:

1/1 + 1/2 + 1/3 + 1/(1*2) + 1/(1*3) + 1/(2*3) + 1/(1*2*3) = 3

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