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Binomial Theorem

  1. May 12, 2007 #1
    I learnt the Binomial Theorem a while ago. But it is only now that I think about how it is only useful for powers that are natural numbers. Can it be extended to all real numbers - e.g. 1/2?
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  3. May 12, 2007 #2
    Yes, but in the form of infinite series.
  4. May 13, 2007 #3
    Can you please expand on this?
  5. May 13, 2007 #4
    Do you know about the Gamma function that extends the domain of the factorial from the integers to the positive real line?
  6. May 13, 2007 #5
    The expansion of a+b raised to a fractional power takes the form of the sum of an infinite number of terms, or more like the limit of a sum as you add more terms. What else could be expected anyway? An expansion of any sort has to be an infinite series to take into account irrational numbers. You can read a bit about it here:

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  7. May 13, 2007 #6
    thanks for the help.
  8. May 13, 2007 #7

    Gib Z

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    This might also help :

    http://tutorial.math.lamar.edu/AllBrowsers/2414/BinomialSeries.asp [Broken]

    Werg22's link has pretty much the same thing though, both helpful anyway :)
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