(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Let k be a natural number, and r a real number with |r|<1. Prove (by induction on k) that for any polynomial P of degree k, there is a polynomial Q of degree k with Q(n+1)r^(n+1) - Q(n)r^n = P(n)r^n

Hint: consider differences of successive terms for (n^k)(r^n) and use the inductive hypothesis

3. The attempt at a solution

Base case: degree 0

a_0 r^n = b_0 r^(n+1) - b_0 r^n

Is it ok to just rearrange this, and find b_0 in terms of a_n, r^n etc..

a_0/(r-1) = b_0

So for some polynomial of degree 0 I can always find another using the fact that b_0 = a_0/(r-1). However, when I try to do this with higher degrees, I get the coefficients in terms of n which means that the polynomial depends on what n is which means I'm not proving I can find one that satisfies for all n. Any ideas?

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# Homework Help: Induction for polynomial/sequence proof

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