Mathematical Functions problem

1. Feb 23, 2004

MC363A

Can anyone explain to me, in as simple a way as possible, what the math functoin "gamma(x)" does. I am very curious, and would appriciate any help that can be given.

2. Feb 23, 2004

matt grime

It is a function defined on the complex numbers that satisfies $$\Gamma(n)=(n-1)!$$ for integer n and is treated as a generalization of factorials. It has, for certain arguments, got a nice expression as a integral; it satisifes certain functional equations; there are poles at the negative integers; lots more information can be found at
http://mathworld.wolfram.com/GammaFunction.html

Last edited: Feb 23, 2004
3. Feb 23, 2004

MC363A

Thank you for the information, matt grime, it was very helpful. I hope that maby I can help you in the future.