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I still need help
Posted:
Dec 20, 2002 6:59 PM


In Alexander's reply to my comment about needing help understanding who the coefficients sum to zero, he wrote: P(1) = +((positive coefficients) + (absolute values of negative coefficients))
In Algebra, the symbols I use (e.g., n1, n2) are representations of only positive values. Again, if I say 3!, I can represent this as n(n1)(n2) and each of these terms, evaluated, is a positive term. This is within the classical and traditional understanding of factorials. I wasn't aware, as Alexander notes, that we can have a factorial of a negative value and this is where I was supposing that my knowledge and experience of number theory is short. If we can have negative factorials, can we also have fractional ones? What field of math am I trolling in? thanks, Alexander, but is there more or will it take me a while longer to "get it?" ... mark
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