Number Theory


Complex Harmonic Progression

Authors: Jose R. Sousa

In $\textit{Generalized Harmonic Progression}$, we showed how to create formulae for the sum of the terms of a harmonic progression of order $k$ with integer parameters, that is, $\sum_{j}1/(a j+b)^k$. Those formulae were more general than the ones we created in $\textit{Generalized Harmonic Numbers Revisited}$. In this new paper we make those formulae even more general by removing the restriction that $a$ and $b$ be integers, in other words, here we address $\sum_{j}1/(a\ii j+b)^k$, where $a$ and $b$ are complex numbers and $\ii$ is the imaginary unity. These new relatively simple formulae always hold, except when $\ii b/a\in \mathbb{Z}$. This paper employs a slightly modified version of the reasoning used previously. Nonetheless, we make another brief exposition of the principle used to derive such formulae.

Comments: 8 Pages. This paper derives a formula that holds for nearly all generalized harmonic progressions

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[v1] 2019-07-29 22:08:45

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