you are using induction to prove that the number of handshakes is
you assume it's true for , then prove true for
if you add one more person, then he/she shakes hands with n people. making the total number of handshakes
so ... for people
ok so I have to create an equation to explain how many handshakes you get if you input any number of people. for instance, i came up with this equation:
n=number of people
n(n-1)
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2
so we know it would take 15 handshakes for 6 people to all shake everyones hand...and 21 for 7 people, and 28 for 8 people and 36 for 9 people and so on. so when you put 7 in as n, you get 42, then you divide by 2 and get 21, which is the number of handshakes.
but the other part of the problem is that the equation has to be manipulated to be true for (x+1)
therefore; (x+1)((x+1)-1)
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2
kind of like that. except for that then it isn't true. so i have to manipulate an equation to be true for x=1 and x=x+1
which is causing a serious problem
and i have to show how i manipulated it to get there.
so if anyone can help, please do!!
thanks!