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I’ve come upon a problem in my transitional mathematics course, wherein I need to prove a generalized formula for the factorization of X^n-Y^n where the first term is

(X-Y). I have deduced a formula making use of the summation of X*Y over the range of positive integers ending at n, but this formula seems over complicated and hard to work with in an inductive proof. I’d post my solution but I’m unable to use the mathematics display software that I see some people using.

I’ve taken a look on google and I can’t seem to find any mention of this general formula, so I’d like it if someone could point me to the standard formula so I can check my work before getting into my proof.

Thanks in advance,

Jacob

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