sum of cubes question

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N/A on 24 Nov 2020
Commented: N/A on 24 Nov 2020
Please let me know how to fix my code. I am unable to make mat lab run.
Here is my code so far:
I created a file and saved it as sum_of_cubes.m
for n=1:20
I created a new live script, then ran it (or attempted to).
Please see the homework prompt below.

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James Tursa
James Tursa on 24 Nov 2020
Edited: James Tursa on 24 Nov 2020
This homework question is poorly written:
  • It seems like the intent of the n is to use it as the upper limit of the for-loop, but the directions then state to hard-code this upper limit at 20, making n useless.
  • It uses the variable name "sum" which causes the code to shadow the MATLAB sum( ) function. Best practice is to use a different variable name that doesn't shadow a MATLAB function.
Because of these apparently contradictory instructions, I can see how a beginner would get confused. I would advise you to ignore the direction in the first part 3 and use n as the upper limit of the for-loop. So the body of your function code would look like this:
sum = 0; % <-- 2nd part 3 direction
for i=1:n % <-- using n as the upper limit of the for-loop, ignoring 1st part 3 direction
sum = sum + _______; % <-- you fill this in, 2nd part 3 direction
Again, "sum" is a poor choice for a variable name, but I am using it because the directions explicitly told you to do so.
The fill-in-the-blank part is not going to be sum_of_cubes(n) as you have currently written it. See if you can figure out what it should be instead. Look at the sum that is written out in the instructions and ask yourself what you should be adding into sum at each iteration. The instructions state "... keep adding the cube of every number ...", so that is your clue as to what should be here.
N/A on 24 Nov 2020
Thank you for your help! :)

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