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Proof of the Rodrigues formula for the Legendre polynomials

  1. Jan 11, 2016 #1
    How is the below expression for ##a_{n-2k}## motivated?

    I verified that the expression for ##a_{n-2k}## satisfies the recurrence relation by using ##j=n-2k## and ##j+2=n-2(k-1)## (and hence a similar expression for ##a_{n-2(k-1)}##), but I don't understand how it is being motivated.

    Screen Shot 2016-01-12 at 4.28.09 am.png

    Source: http://www.phys.ufl.edu/~fry/6346/legendre.pdf
     
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  3. Jan 16, 2016 #2
    Thanks for the post! This is an automated courtesy bump. Sorry you aren't generating responses at the moment. Do you have any further information, come to any new conclusions or is it possible to reword the post?
     
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