### Sum of first 100 Natural numbers

**If the qustion of sum of first 100 natural numbers is asked most people will readily answer as 5050 using n(n+1)/2 formula. When thesame question was asked to Carl Frederick Gauss, the greatest mathematician ever lived, when he was barely 5 years old, he solved it in a most natural and ingenious way for a 5 year old. This method is a basic idea for deriving n(n+1)/2. Can you just imagine how he did it?**

**Answer:**

**First he (Gauss) imagined that he had written all the first 100 Natural numbers and started adding in the following way: 1+2+3+4+5+................................97+98+99+100 = (1+100)+(2+99)+(3+98)+(4+97)+..................(50+51) =101 + 101 + 101 + 101 +.................. 101 = 101 summed 50 times, (because 100 numbers are paired into 50) = 101 x 50 = 5050. Truly remarkable for a tender 5 year old to conceive and devise such a marvellous and wonderful method.**