# binomial theorem

• Feb 20th 2010, 03:00 PM
exclusiive
binomial theorem
use the binomial theorem to complete this expansion.

(3x + 2y)^4 = 81x^4 + 216x^3y + .....
• Feb 20th 2010, 03:05 PM
o_O
What is it that you are having troubles with? You have a formula .. all you have to do is plug it in..

$(a+b)^n = \sum_{k=0}^n {n \choose k} a^{n-k}b^{k} = {n \choose 0}a^nb^0 + {n \choose 1}a^{n-1}b^1 + \cdots + {n \choose n}a^0b^n$
• Feb 20th 2010, 03:12 PM
Soroban
Hello, exclusiive!

If you know the Binomial Theorem, it's straight-forward.
. . . $(3x + 2y)^4 \:=\: 81x^4 + 216x^3y + \hdots$
$(3x+2y)^4 \;=\;{4\choose4}(3x)^4(2y)^0 + {4\choose3}(3x)^3)(2y)^1 + {4\choose2}(3x)^2(2y)^2 +$ ${4\choose1}(3x)^1(2y)^3 + {4\choose0}(3x)^0(2y)^4$