# A simple Binomial expansion question

• Mar 2nd 2009, 12:15 PM
JeWiSh
A simple Binomial expansion question
For the first parts of the question I had to expand $(1+8x)^\frac{1}{2} = 1+4x-8x^2$ and $(1-4x)^\frac{1}{2} = 1+2x+6x^2$

The next part is to find $\sqrt{(1+8x)/(1-4x)}$
I can't get anywhere near the answer in the book, having tried dividing/multiplying the two expansions...
• Mar 2nd 2009, 12:41 PM
Prove It
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Originally Posted by JeWiSh
For the first parts of the question I had to expand $(1+8x)^\frac{1}{2} = 1+4x-8x^2$ and $(1-4x)^\frac{1}{2} = 1+2x+6x^2$

The next part is to find $\sqrt{(1+8x)/(1-4x)}$
I can't get anywhere near the answer in the book, having tried dividing/multiplying the two expansions...

Those expansions are nonsense.
• Mar 2nd 2009, 01:18 PM
JeWiSh
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Originally Posted by Prove It
Those expansions are nonsense.

They are? They're just approximations, up to the $x^2$ term. The book says they're right...
• Mar 2nd 2009, 05:39 PM
mr fantastic
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Originally Posted by JeWiSh
They are? They're just approximations, up to the $x^2$ term. The book says they're right...

You should have said that when you used them.
• Mar 2nd 2009, 11:19 PM
JeWiSh
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Originally Posted by mr fantastic
You should have said that when you used them.

Sorry...can anyone get me started?
• Mar 3rd 2009, 02:15 AM
mr fantastic
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Originally Posted by JeWiSh
For the first parts of the question I had to expand $(1+8x)^\frac{1}{2} = 1+4x-8x^2$ and $(1-4x)^\frac{1}{2} = 1+2x+6x^2$

The next part is to find $\sqrt{(1+8x)/(1-4x)}$
I can't get anywhere near the answer in the book, having tried dividing/multiplying the two expansions...

You mean find an approximate expression for $\sqrt{(1+8x)/(1-4x)}$, right .... ? To what degree?
• Mar 3rd 2009, 03:06 AM
JeWiSh
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Originally Posted by mr fantastic
You mean find an approximate expression for $\sqrt{(1+8x)/(1-4x)}$, right .... ? To what degree?

To the $x^2$ term I think, since that's what I was supposed to expand the original expressions to.