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# This problem is driving me insane [Math & Python problem, EXPERTS only]

I send a message to 5 people. Then, each one send the same message to 5 different people. How could I know the number of people the message has arrived to (excluding me) after doing this circle 10 times? Firstly, I need to figure out the formula. Then, I must translate it to python. Any help please? I don't even know how to start (and drawing a picture would take me a lot of time).

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If 5 people send this message to 5 different people: 5*5 = 25 or 5^2
25 people send this message to 5 other people: 25 * 5 = 125 or 5^3
125 send this message to 5 people: 125 * 5 = 625 or 5^4
In sum it should be 5 + 5^2 + 5^3 + 5^4 + ... + 5^10

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Thank you!