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    please set up recurrence equation

    Let an be the number of subsets of {1,2,3,..n} with atleast 2 elements,n>=1.
    i)what are the values of a1,a2,a3?
    2)set up a recuurence for an and solve it.
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    Hello, Bhavani!

    Let a_n be the number of subsets of \{1,2,3,\hdots n\}

    1) What are the values of: a_1,\:a_2,\:a_3 ?

    For n = 1, we have: . S \:=\:\{1\}
    There are two subsets: . \emptyset,\:\{1\}
    . . a_1 = 2

    For n=2, we have: . S \:=\:\{1,2\}
    There are four subsets: . \emptyset,\:\{1\},\:\{2\},\:\{1,2\}
    . . a_2 = 4

    For n=3, we have: . S \:=\:\{1,2,3\}
    There are eight subsets: . \emptyset,\:\{1\}, \{2\}, \{3\}, \{1,2\}, \{2,3\}, \{1,3\}, \{1,2,3\}
    . . a_3 = 8



    2) Set up a recurrence for a_n and solve it.

    The recurrence is: . a_n \;=\;2\cdot a_{n-1},\quad a_1 = 2

    The closed form is: . a_n \:=\:2^n

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    hello soroban,
    I understood your first answer for my question,but the second answer
    is not understood.How did you set up recurrence equation and
    put it in closure form.Is closure form is a solution for it?
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