Gauss's method of computing finite sums involves a pattern that can be generalized into a formula—a great introduction to inductive reasoning.

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Elaine A. Terry, terry@sju.edu, is an assistant professor of mathematics at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. She is interested in the teaching and learning of mathematics in the first two years of college.

(Corresponding author is Terry terry@sju.edu)
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