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  1. May 16, 2005 #1
    "Prove each of the following using Mathematical induction;" show all steps
    pleasee someone help.. i have a test on this tommorow and i just need some examples.. could you also try to show all steps including the words so i understand how you got there? thakns so much in advance~!

    1. -1/2, -1/4, -1/8... -1/2^n = (1/(2^n))-1

    2. a + (a+d)+(a+2d)+...+[a+(n-1)d] = (n/2)[2a+(n-1)d]

    3. 1^3 + 2^3 + 3^3... + n^3 = (n^2(n+1)^2)/(4)

    4. show that (3^(4n))-1 is dividislbe by 80 for all positive integral values of n
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  3. May 16, 2005 #2


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    Let's take 3.
    Part 1: Verification of the formula for n=1:
    We have:
    That is, the formula is true for n=1.
    Part 2: The induction step
    Suppose it is true for n=k-1:
    Then, we have:
    since the formula holds for n=k-1.
    Furthermore, we have:
    But that is precisely what the formula would predict it to be!

    Thus, the formula is correct.
  4. May 16, 2005 #3
    thanks!!! okay i did the same thing for number one and i got

    -1/(2^k) - 1/(2^(k+1)) = (1/2^k) - 1 - 1/(2^(k+1))

    how do i cancel this out?
  5. May 16, 2005 #4
    Lowest common denominator then separate 2^(k+1)
  6. May 16, 2005 #5
    like 1/2^k + 1/2^k * 1/2 = 1/2^k - 2k/2k - (1/2^k * 1/2)?
    where do i go from there?
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