# Proof of orthogonality of associated Legendre polynomial

1. Sep 30, 2009

### MCKim

I want to prove orthogonality of associated Legendre polynomial.

In my text book or many posts,
$$\int^{1}_{-1} P^{m}_{l}(x)P^{m}_{l'}(x)dx = 0 (l \neq l')$$

But, for upper index m,
$$\int^{1}_{-1} P^{m}_{n}(x)P^{k}_{n}(x)\frac{dx}{ ( 1-x^{2} ) } = 0 (m \neq k)$$
is not proved.

So, I tried to prove it using same method for the first case.
But I could not prove it.
Will anyone show me a hint or online reference?

Last edited: Sep 30, 2009
2. Sep 30, 2009

### ice109

plug in the formulas and do the integral. what have you done so far?