The formula by which any positive integral power of a binomial expression can be expanded in the form of a series is known as Binomial Theorem. If x, y ∈ R and n∈N, then
(x + y)n = nC0 xn + nC1 xn-1 y + nC2 xn-2y2 + ….. + nCrxn-r yr + ….. + nCnyn =nCr xn – r yr
This theorem can be proved by Induction method.
(i) The number of terms in the expansion is (n + 1) i.e. one or more than the index.
(ii) The sum of the indices of x & y in each term is n.
(iii) The binomial coefficients of the terms nC0, nC1…….. equidistant from the beginning and the end are equal.
Important Terms In The Binomial Expansion Are :
(i) General term
(ii) Middle term
(iii) Term Independent of x
(iv) Numerically greatest term
(i) The general term or the (r + 1)th term in the expansion of (x + y)n is given by ;
Tr+1 = nCr xn-r .yr
(ii) The middle term(s) is the expansion of (x + y)n is (are) :
(a) If n is even, there is only one middle term which is given by ;
T(n+2)/2 = nCn/2 . xn/2. yn/2
(b) If n is odd, there are two middle terms which are :
T(n+1)/2 & T[(n+1)/2]+1
(iii) The term independent of x is a term which does not have x; Hence find the value of r for which the exponent of x is zero.
(iv) To find the Numerically greatest term in the expansion of (1 + x)n , n∈N find Tr+1/Tr = Cr/Cr-1 = (n-r+1)/r .
Put the absolute value of x & find the value of r Consistent with the inequality Tr+1/Tr > 1
Note that the Numerically greatest term in the expansion of (1 – x)n , x > 0, n∈N is the same as the greatest term in (1 + x)n .
If (√A+B)n = I + f, where I and n are positive integers, n being odd and 0 < f < 1, then
(I + f) . f = Kn where A – B2 = K > 0 & √A-B<0.
If n is an even integer, then (I + f) (1 – f) = Kn.
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(i) C0 + C1 + C2 + ……. + Cn = 2n
(ii) C0 + C2 + C4 + …….= C1 + C3 + C5 + …….= 2n-1
(iii) C0² + C1² + C2² + …. + Cn² = 2nCn
(iv) C0.Cr + C1.Cr+1 + C2.Cr+2 + … + Cn-r.Cn = (2n)!/(n+r)(n+r-1)
(2n)! = 2n.n! [1. 3. 5 …… (2n – 1)]
Binomial Theorem For Negative Or Fractional Indices :
If n∈Q, then (1+x)n =1+nx+n(n-1)/2!+n(n-1)(n-2)/3!+………. Provided | x | < 1.
When the index n is a positive integer the number of terms in the expansion of
(1 + x)n is finite i.e. (n + 1) & the coefficient of successive terms are :
nC0 , nC1 , nC2 , nC3 ….. nCn
When the index is other than a positive integer such as negative integer or fraction, the number of terms in the expansion of (1 + x)n is infinite and the symbol nCr can not be used to denote the Coefficient of the general term.
The following expansion should be remembered (modulas x < 1).
(a) (1 + x)-1 = 1 – x + x2 – x3 + x4 – ….
(b) (1 – x)-1 = 1 + x + x2 + x3 + x4 + ….
(c) (1 + x)-2 = 1 – 2x + 3x2 – 4x3 + ….
(d) (1 – x)-2 = 1 + 2x + 3x2 + 4x3 + …..
The expansions in ascending powers of x are only valid if x is ‘small’.If x is large |x | > 1 then we may find it convenient to expand in powers of 1/x, which then will be small.
(1 + x)n = 1 + nx +n(n-1) x²/2! +n(n-1)(n-2) x3/3!……….. If x < 1, the terms of the above expansion go on decreasing and if x be very small, a stage may be reached when we may neglect the terms containing higher powers of x in the expansion. Thus, if x be so small that its squares and higher powers may be neglected then
If x < 1, the terms of the above expansion go on decreasing and if x be very small, a stage may be reached when we may neglect the terms containing higher powers of x in the expansion. Thus, if x be so small that its squares and higher powers may be neglected then
This is an approximate value of (1 + x)n.
(i) ex =1+x/1!+x3/3!+x4/4!……
where x may be any real or complex & e=
(ii) ax=1+(xloga)/1!+ (xloga)2/2!+ (xloga)3/3!+ (xloga)4/4!+……….where a > 0
e is an irrational number lying between 2.7 & 2.8. Its value correct up to 10 places of the decimal is 2.7182818284…..
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Logarithms to the base ‘e’ are known as the Napierian system, so named after Napier, their inventor. They are also called Natural Logarithm.
Logarithmic Series :
(i) ln(1-x)=x-x2/2+x3/3-x4/4………. where -1 < x 1
(ii) ln(1-x)=-x-x2/2-x3/3-x4/4………. where -1 x < 1
(a) ln 2=1-1/2+1/3-1/4………..
(b) eln x = x
(c) ln2 = 0.693
(d) ln10 = 2.303
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