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    Strange factorials

     \\ 10 \cdot 9 \cdot 8 \cdot 7 = 7! \\ \\ 6 \cdot 5 \cdot 4 = 5!  \\ \\ \text{Does anybody know or can generate other cases like this? Where you have a product of consecutive integers, not including 2,}  \\  \text{and this product is equal to the factorial of one of the integers used in the product.}
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    Re: Strange factorials

    that's cool never thought of before. there are an infinite number of similar examples and they are easy to construct. works like this consider an integer n. now call n! = k. now find k!. we know (k- 1)! = k!/k = k!/n!

    that's it really or more generally (n!-1)! = (n!)!/n!

    try it out it works

    nice one

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    Re: Strange factorials

    I like your solution, thank you for the reply, let me put it in my own words. 'We can always generate this kind of relationship if we take the factorial of a factorial.' Interesting that  \frac{10!}{6!} = 7! falls outside this generating pattern.
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    Re: Strange factorials

    An example might be good...
    1.2.3.4 = 24.
    so if i include 1.2.3.4 in one series and exclude 24. Then in the other i include 24 but exclude 1.2.3.4

    ie 5.6.7.8.9....23. 24 = 1.2.3.4.5.6....22.23

    That makes sense.
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    In your is slightly different 6.5.4 = 5.4.3.2.1 because 4.6 = 1.2.3.4

    we try 1.2.3.4.5 = 120 = 5.24

    so 1.2.3.4.5.6.7.....23 = 5.6.7.8.9....23.24

    i suppose there must be loads of ways to do this.
    All very interesting though, I never really thought about that before.

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    Re: Strange factorials

     \\ Hi Pat, \\ 720 \cdot 719 \cdot 718 \cdot ... \cdot 7 = 719! \\ \text{that's a product of only 714 consecutive integers to equal the 719! , we saved 4 multiplications} : lol :
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    Re: Strange factorials

    Yes ! all this bymber theory stuff has interesting interconnections if only the human mind was capable of understanding it!
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