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Re: I still need help
Posted:
Dec 24, 2002 11:13 AM


Thanks Ed, and I think I'm up to my chin in those waters, but I do know how to tread ... thanks ... mark
On Mon, 23 Dec 2002 16:00:11 0500 Ed Wall <ewall@umich.edu> wrote:
> Yes, one can have have fractional factorials. > For example (1/2)! = > sqrt (pi). One might say you are trolling in > Eulerian waters (smile). > > Ed Wall > > >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 > > > > > > markdotmath@earthlink.net > > EarthLink: The #1 provider of the Real > Internet. > > > > > > > > > >To unsubscribe from the Numeracy mail list > send email to > >majordomo@world.std.com. > >In the body of the message type "unsubscribe > numeracy your_address" > > > >If you have any questions email > edl@world.std.com > >  > To unsubscribe from the Numeracy mail list > send email to > majordomo@world.std.com. > In the body of the message type "unsubscribe > numeracy your_address" > > If you have any questions email > edl@world.std.com > >
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