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    Question [SOLVED] Binomial expansion problem

    I'm having problem with my revision sheets - Any help would be much appreciated...

    (i) Write down the general term in the power series expansion of
    ((x^2) - (2/x))^18
    WHAT IS THE GENERAL TERM AND HOW WOULD I GO ABOUT THIS?

    Hence find the term which is independant of x
    I DONT KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS

    (ii)Find the first four terms in the expansion of (1+x)^16 in ascending powers of x.

    hence expand (1 + z + z^2) in ascending powers of z up to and including the term in z^3

    DO YOU FACTORISE THIS AND RAISE BOTH PARENTHESIS TO THE POWER 16??
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    Hello dojo
    Quote Originally Posted by dojo View Post
    I'm having problem with my revision sheets - Any help would be much appreciated...

    (i) Write down the general term in the power series expansion of
    ((x^2) - (2/x))^18
    WHAT IS THE GENERAL TERM AND HOW WOULD I GO ABOUT THIS?

    Hence find the term which is independant of x
    I DONT KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS

    (ii)Find the first four terms in the expansion of (1+x)^16 in ascending powers of x.

    hence expand (1 + z + z^2) in ascending powers of z up to and including the term in z^3

    DO YOU FACTORISE THIS AND RAISE BOTH PARENTHESIS TO THE POWER 16??
    (i) Take out a factor x^2, whence it becomes \big(x^2\big)^{18}:
    \left(x^2-\frac2x\right)^{18} = x^{36}\left(1-\frac{2}{x^3}\right)^{18}
    Now let y = -\frac{2}{x^3}, and expand (1+y)^{18}, the general term of which is \binom{18}{r}y^r, to get the general term:
    x^{36}\binom{18}{r}\left(-\frac{2}{x^3}\right)^r=(-2)^r\binom{18}{r}x^{36-3r}
    The term that's independent of x is the one where the power of x is zero. So put r = 12 ...

    (ii)
    (1+x)^{16} = 1 + 16x+ \binom{16}{2}x^2 + \binom{16}{3}x^3+ ...
    Now put x = z+z^2:
    (1+z+z^2)^{16} = 1 + 16(z+z^2)+ \binom{16}{2}(z+z^2)^2 + \binom{16}{3}(z+z^2)^3+ ...
    = ...
    Expand each (z+z^2) term up to the term in z^3; collect like terms, and you're done.

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    Hello, dojo!

    (i) Find the general term in the expansion of: . \left(x^2 - \frac{2}{x}\right)^{18}
    Assuming that you know the Binomial Theorem, this is easy:

    . . {18\choose n}\left(x^2\right)^n\left(\text{-}\frac{2}{x}\right)^{18-n}\;\;\text{ for }n \,=\,18,17,16\,\hdots 0



    Hence, find the term which is independant of x.
    {\color{blue}\text{It means "Find the term which has no }x."}
    Somewhere in the middle, we have: . {18\choose6}\left(x^2\right)^6\left(\text{-}\frac{2}{x}\right)^{12}

    . . =\; \frac{18!}{6!\,12!}\left(x^{12}\right)\left(\frac{  (\text{-}2)^{12}}{x^{12}}\right) \;=\;(18,\!564)\left(x^{12}\right)\left(\frac{4,\!  096}{x^{12}}\right) \;=\; 76,\!038,\!144

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