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How Do I Simplify Factorials?

  1. May 19, 2005 #1
    I need some general guidelines on how to simplify factorials. I'm in Calculus III

    and the Prof. and unfoutunately our textbook has glossed over how to do this.

    All the factorials we are dealing with now are in relation to sequences and series.

    so i'm dealing with expressions that look like this:



    If i were to use the ratio test to see if the above series converged or diverged. How would i simplify the factorials?

    I know how to apply the ratio test. I need to know the general rule(s) for simplifying factorials.

    If anyone knows of a link of or a free e-book or anything that would help me out i'd really appreciate it.
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  3. May 19, 2005 #2

    matt grime

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    What is n factorail? What is n+1 factorial? Hint: (n+1)! = (n+1) times what? Actually that's more than a hint isn't it?
  4. May 19, 2005 #3
    is this correct? (n+1)!= n(n+1)
  5. May 19, 2005 #4
    how would i simplify? (2(n+1))! does it equal this?(2n+2)!=(2n+1)(2n)! at what stage of the simplification process does the ! symbol go away?
  6. May 19, 2005 #5

    matt grime

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    no but conceivably that's a typo. what is n!, what is (n+1)! write it out for small n if need be.
  7. May 19, 2005 #6

    matt grime

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    No, and her'es the answer.

    (2n+2)! = (2n+2)*(2n+1)!

    who knows when it goes away since you've not said what you're trying to cancel it by.
  8. May 19, 2005 #7
    I need to simplify this last week and i did not do it correctly. So my questions are stemming from using the ratio test to find if a series converges or diverges. this one for example:

    [tex]\sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac{(2n)!}{n^n}[/tex] I thought that i could use the ratio test to write the following:


    but the above rewrite is incorrect i was told.
  9. May 19, 2005 #8
    I told you this wasn't correct because you've neglected some parentheses. I wasn't sure if you understood that you were getting at (2n+2)! and not something incorrect. As you've written it, 2(n+1)!, it equals (n+1)!*2 not the (2n+2)! = (2n+2)(2n+1)(2n)! that you want. You must write either (2n+2)! or (2(n+1))!.

  10. May 19, 2005 #9
    I see my mistake now. and i think that i know how to simplify this.
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