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Topic: Mathematical Induction
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Ben Brink

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From: Rosenberg, TX
Registered: 11/11/06
RE: Mathematical Induction
Posted: Oct 9, 2012 8:44 PM
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The "n" at the end is the final integer value, but it starts with 0.
In fact, if n = 0 the left side ends with 2*(-7)^0 = 2*1 = 2, while the right side is just (1-(-7)^(0+1))/4 = (1-(-7))/4 = 8/4 = 2. Therefore the equation "works" for n = 0. The harder part is showing that if it works with n replaced by k, then it also works for n replaced by k+1.
Good luck, and come back with any further questions.

> Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2012 11:12:30 -0400
> From: discussions@mathforum.org
> To: discretemath@mathforum.org
> Subject: Mathematical Induction
> For the following problem:
> 2-2*7 + 2 * 7^2 - ? + 2* (-7)^n = (1-(-7)^n+1)/4
> I understand that I need to first solve this for P(0). What I font understand is how the left side of the equation is equal to 2. Maybe I'm messing up the sequence of the equation or something but when I do the math I get:
> (2-2*7 + 2 * 7^2) + (2* (-7)^0) = 88
> If I ignore the first portion and just do (2* (-7)^0) I get 2. I am thinking maybe the math before the ellipses is just a example of a incrementing value of n and the math after the ellipses is the actual function p(). Is this correct?

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