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Homework Help: Formula for even and odd number multiplication

  1. Apr 12, 2010 #1
    Can anyone tell me what's the formula for even and odd number multiplication.
    For example, what would be the product for 2 x 4 x 6 x 8 x 10 ........ x 100 and what would be the product for 1 x 3 x 5 x 7 x 9 x 12 ......... x 99? I am trying to solve a problem which asks me to prove that 1/2 x 3/4 x 5/6 ........ x 99/100 < 1/10. And i think finding the formula is key to solving this question.
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  3. Apr 12, 2010 #2
    To find out the product of even numbers think of the factorial.


    So you want to find the product

    [tex]f(n)= [/tex]

    Notice that this is just the normal factorial function but each number has been multiplied by 2. So it is [tex] 2^n [/tex] bigger.

    So it is

    [tex]f(n)=2^nn! =[/tex]

    Next you want to find the product such that

    [tex]f(n)= [/tex]

    Its similar... divide each one by 2 and

    [tex]2^{-n}f(n)=\frac{1}{2}\frac{3}{2}\frac{5}{2}...\frac{2n-3}{2}\frac{n-1}{2} [/tex]

    [tex]2^{-n}f(n)=(1-\frac{1}{2})(3-\frac{1}{2})(5-\frac{1}{2})...((n-1)-\frac{1}{2})(n-\frac{1}{2}) [/tex]


    To work out why this is so look at the definition for the Gamma function.

    [tex]\frac{2^n}{\sqrt{\pi}}(n-\frac{1}{2})! =[/tex]

    So now you have the formula for both things
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