Need Help with Gamma Functions

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I'am not sure how to solve this gamma function [tex]\Gamma[/tex](5/4). any help ?

sorry if this is in the wrong section.
 

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mathman
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The Gamma function is the generalization of factoral. The simplest representation is an integral:

Gamma(x)=int(0,oo)tx-1e-tdt, for x>0.

It can be extended by analytic continuation.
 
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yeah the original integral was [tex]\int[/tex][0,4]Y[tex]^{3/2}[/tex](16-Y[tex]^{2}[/tex])[tex]^{1/2}[/tex] dy

which i simplified to

64[tex]\int[/tex](0,1) t[tex]^{(5/4)-1}[/tex](1-t)[tex]^{(3/2)-1}[/tex] dt

using Gamma(x)=int(0,oo)tx-1e-tdt, =>> [tex]\beta[/tex](5/4, 3/2)


hence i am trying to solve [tex]\beta[/tex](5/4, 3/2)
= [tex]\Gamma[/tex](5/4)[tex]\Gamma[/tex](3/2) / [tex]\Gamma[/tex]((5/2)+(3/2))

i am trying to solve this to get an answer in terms of a number.

i don't know how to solve [tex]\Gamma[/tex](5/4)
 
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[tex]\Gamma\left(\frac{5}{4}\right) = \Gamma\left(1+\frac{1}{4}\right) = \frac{1}{4}\Gamma\left(\frac{1}{4}\right)[/tex]

[tex]\Gamma\left(\frac{1}{4}\right)[/tex] has no known basic expression, but is known to be transcendental.
 
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mjk1
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thanks for your help
 
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robert Ihnot
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I read that (1/q)! has no representation for integer q>2, except decimal form. But, if you are concerned with gamma(1/4), you can see it to 1,000,000 decimals at:

http://www.dd.chalmers.se/~frejohl/math/gamma14_1_000_000.txt

Working with Euler's reflection formula, I get

(1/4)!(3/4)! = [tex]\frac{3\pi\sqrt2}{16}=.833041[/tex]
 
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mjk1
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how about [tex]\Gamma[/tex](0) I read somewhere that its a complex infinity but don't understand what that means
 
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robert Ihnot
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mjk1: how about (0)

Well, when you have a form like[tex]\int_{0}^{\infty} \frac{e^-x}{x} dx[/tex], you have trouble.

If you check out the Euler's reflection formula, we have


[tex]\Gamma(Z)\Gamma(1-Z) = \frac{\pi}{sin\pi(x)} for Z=0.[/tex]
 
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