Math 116    Winter 06


Assignment 6    due Thursday, February 9


Chapter 2,  Exercises  #35, 36.  Do these by canceling and without using a calculator.  However, you can leave the final result in factored form; no need to multiply together all the factors.


Chapter 2,  Exercises 38, 42, 44, 46, 55, 56.  In #55, a dummy is a player with no power.


Problem A. (Not from the textbook)


A famous formula is  (x + 1)N  =


NC0xN + NC1xN-1 + NC2xN-2 + . . .  + NCN-1x + NCN.


(a) Verify this result for N = 2, 3, 4, and 5 by polynomial multiplication.  Hint: Work it out for N = 2 first.  Then multiply your result by  x + 1  to get it for n = 3.  Multiply again by  x + 1 to get it for N = 4, etc.


(b)  As you did the multiplications you may have noticed that at one stage in each of your multiplications you did some arithmetic that resembled how you can add together two adjacent terms in the same row of Pascal's triangle to get the entry in the next row that is between the two you added.  Where did this occur in your polynomial multiplying?


(c)  If you substitute  x = 1   into the famous formula what do you get on the two sides of the formula.


(d)  What if you substitute  x = -1?