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**Jonroberts74** I am working on on understanding $S_n=\frac{2\pi^\frac{n}{2}}{\Gamma(\frac{n}{2})}$ which is the hyper-surface area of a unit n-sphere

this post is specifically about the gamma function. I just need some direction

I know it can be thought of as $\Gamma(n)=(n-1)!$ but if I am doing n=1/2,3/2,.... I have a fraction so that doesn't work. I want to understand how the gamma function works when n is a fraction

I found the Euler reflection formula $\Gamma(x)\Gamma(1-x) = \frac{\pi}{\sin \pi x}$ and I thought maybe this was what I needed but then trying some rationals in it

i.e. let $x=\frac{1}{2}$

$\Gamma(\frac{1}{2}) = \sqrt{\pi}$ whereas $\Gamma(\frac{1}{2})\Gamma(1-\frac{1}{2}) = \pi$ and in this case one is just the square of the other but that wasn't the case for other rationals like $\frac{1}{4}$

so this is where I am now