Hi all,

Prove by induction that = (n+1)!-1

for all integers n>=1

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- Nov 5th 2009, 09:10 AMsirellwoodInduction Proof
Hi all,

Prove by induction that = (n+1)!-1

for all integers n>=1 - Nov 5th 2009, 01:52 PMDeadstar
Inductive base case.

Let n=1. Then you have for LHS

And RHS

(1+1)! - 1 = 2! - 1 = 2-1 = 1. So hold for n=1.

Assume it holds for n, i.e

Try to prove it works for n+1

So for n+1 we want to get .

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For the terms involving n take out a common factor of (n+1)! to get...

. which is what we wanted. Hence by our inductive hypothesis the equality holds. - Nov 5th 2009, 02:35 PMsirellwood
Wow. Great answer, very clear. You probably won't beleive me but i was kind of halway there, i showed it held for n=1 but got confused half way through showing it holds for n+1!