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Proof rule

  1. Mar 9, 2013 #1
    Hello I'm learning about proofs and in my book there's a sect. On mathematical induction. And I'm trying understand why this makes it true for all values.
    Suppose that the formula is known to be true for n=1, and suppose that as a result of assuming that it is true for n=k, where k is an arbitrary positive integer, we can prove that it is also true for n=k+1.
    Then the formula is true for all k.

    Why does this addition of 1 make it true for all k?
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  3. Mar 9, 2013 #2
    You know it's true for n=1 and you know that for every n where it's true, it's also true for n+1. Since you proved it for 1, this implies it's true for 1+1 = 2. Now, since you know it's true for 2, it must be true for 2+1 = 3. Now since you know it's true for 3, it's also true for 3+1 = 4. And so on, so it's true for every positive integer.
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