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Deduce the coefficient of x^n

  1. Mar 18, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    By finding the first 4 terms in the expansion of (1+2x)^(-2) in ascending powers of x and find the coefficient of x^n term. Hence deduce the coefficient of x^n term in the expansion of (x+3)(1+2x)^(-2).

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    The first two parts were easy. For the first part, the answer is 1 - 4x + 12x^2 - 32x^3 + ...
    For the second part, [(-1)^n](n+1)(2^n). But I'm stunned at the last part. How do I deduce?
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  3. Mar 18, 2010 #2


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    Re: Binomial

    Well the only term that will give you an 'x' term is if you multiply an x by an x. So if you multiply the xn term by the x, you will get the nth term for the expansion.
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