# Expand in terms of binomials coefficients

• Nov 17th 2011, 10:01 AM
ehpoc
Expand in terms of binomials coefficients
I am asked to expand and simply the following expression.

(x + √2)7 + (x - √2)7

I have my notes here on the binomial theorem, and it seems simply enough to expand each of those terms.....except.

In my notes it says

(x+y)^n= then goes on the expand here with each term added to the next.

It does not mention anything about...

(x-y)^n ?

Is it the same as addition except each term is subtracted from the next?
• Nov 17th 2011, 10:16 AM
Plato
Re: Expand in terms of binomials coefficients
Quote:

Originally Posted by ehpoc
It does not mention anything about...
(x-y)^n ?
Is it the same as addition except each term is subtracted from the next?

$\left( {x - y} \right)^n = \sum\limits_{k = 0}^n {\binom{n}{k}\left( x \right)^{n - k} \left( { - y} \right)^k }$

Note that in your question, odd powers subtract out.
• Nov 17th 2011, 10:42 AM
ehpoc
Re: Expand in terms of binomials coefficients
SO basically when all is said and done the two expansions will look the same but with negative signs where the positive signs are?

Ok so when I expanded the two terms

The other had same terms but negative except for the very first term than contained no y.

So once I cancelled out I got.....2x^7
• Nov 17th 2011, 02:54 PM
Plato
Re: Expand in terms of binomials coefficients
Quote:

Originally Posted by ehpoc
SO basically when all is said and done the two expansions will look the same but with negative signs where the positive signs are?