Sequences - factorial r, !

  • #1
Can anybody help me solving this?

Write in terms of factorials

n((n^2)-1)

The correct answer is
(n+1)!/(n-2)!

but I don't know how to get there, and since it's week- end I have no chance to ask anyone teachers, etc.
//Martin
 

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  • #3
Originally posted by martinrandau
Can anybody help me solving this?

Write in terms of factorials

n((n^2)-1)

The correct answer is
(n+1)!/(n-2)!


Please notice the expression marks (!). The task is not to factorise it by "normal" means, but to find an expression as a sequence.
ex. 7! = 1 x 2 x 3 x 4 x 5 x 6 x 7 = 5040
n!= 1 x 2 x 3 x...x n

It's called the factorial r (!).
Thank you for your help anyway!
 
  • #4
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Originally posted by martinrandau
The correct answer is
(n+1)!/(n-2)!
I'll give you a hint.

Expand the numerator and denominator of the above ratio and cancel the factors common to both. For instance, the numerator is:

(n+1)!=(n+1)(n)(n-1)(n-2)...

Get the idea?
 
  • #5
Yes!:smile:
Thank you!

//Martin
 

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