# Binomial expansion

1. Jun 24, 2008

### nokia8650

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2. Jun 24, 2008

### rock.freak667

For $(a+b)^n$ where n is fractional or negative, is valid for |b/a|<1.

For the question, 'b' in this case is x/(1+x) and 'a' is 1

so | x/(x+1) |<1

But you must also remember that |X|<1 means -1<X<1 i.e. X<1 and X>-1

so for the question you'd need to take each case of x/(x+1) <1 and find where that is valid for and find where x/(x+1)>-1 and find the "intersection" of both those sets of values if you understand what I am saying.

3. Jun 25, 2008

### nokia8650

Hi Thanks alot for the help. The final answer is (1 + x)^2, therefore should it not just be l X l <1? Why is it l (x/(1+x)) l < 1 , which is an intermediate step.

Thanks

4. Jun 25, 2008

### rock.freak667

As I said before

For $(a+b)^n$ where n is fractional or negative, is valid for |b/a|<1.

For the question, 'b' in this case is x/(1+x) and 'a' is 1

so | x/(x+1) |<1

and this means that

$$-1< \frac{x}{x+1}<1$$