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- Feb 13, 2012

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First we write the series as $\displaystyle y= \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} a_{n}$, where the $a_{n}$ are the solution of the difference equation...If $\displaystyle y=\frac{3}{4}+\frac{3*5}{4*8}+\frac{3*5*7}{4*8*12}+.....\infty$. Then $y^2+2y = $

$\displaystyle a_{n+1}= a_{n}\ \frac{2n+3}{4\ (n+1)} = \frac{a_{n}}{2}\ \{1+\frac{1}{2 (n+1)}\},\ a_{0}=1$ (1)

Following the procedure described in...

http://www.mathhelpboards.com/f15/difference-equation-tutorial-draft-part-i-426/

... You find the solution of (1)...

$\displaystyle a_{n}= 2^{1 -n} \prod_{k=1}^{n} (1+\frac{1}{2 k})$ (2)

Now if You 'remember' the formula...

$\displaystyle \prod_{k=1}^{n} (1+\frac{1}{2 k}) = \frac{2}{\sqrt{\pi}}\ \frac{\Gamma(n + \frac{3}{2})}{\Gamma(n+1)}$ (3)

... You arrive to write...

$\displaystyle y = \frac{2}{\sqrt{\pi}}\ \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{\Gamma(n + \frac{3}{2})}{\Gamma(n+1)}\ 2^{-n}$ (4)

... and 'remembering' also that is...

$\displaystyle \sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac{\Gamma(n+\frac{k}{2})}{\Gamma(n+1)}\ x^{n} = \frac{\Gamma(\frac{k}{2})}{(\sqrt{1-x})^{k}}$ (5)

... and...

$\displaystyle \Gamma(\frac{3}{2})= \frac{\sqrt{\pi}}{2}$ (6)

... You obtain finally...

$\displaystyle y=\frac{4}{\sqrt{\pi}} \{\frac{\Gamma(\frac{3}{2})}{(\sqrt{(\frac{1}{2}})^{3}}-\Gamma (\frac{3}{2})\}= 2\ (\sqrt{8}-1)$ (7)

Of course the problem is not trivial and I'm a little surprised that it has been proposed in the Pre-Algebra forum...

Kind regards

$\chi$ $\sigma$

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- Feb 7, 2012

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First hint: $y^2+2y = (y+1)^2 - 1$. So it will be helpful to find $y+1 = 1 + \frac{3}{4}+\frac{3*5}{4*8}+\frac{3*5*7}{4*8*12}+ \ldots.$If $\displaystyle y=\frac{3}{4}+\frac{3*5}{4*8}+\frac{3*5*7}{4*8*12}+.....\infty$. Then $y^2+2y = $

Second hint: This looks like a generalised binomial series. In fact, Newton's generalised binomial theorem states that $$(1+x)^s = 1 + \frac s1x + \frac{s(s-1)}{2!}x^2 + \frac{s(s-1)(s-2)}{3!}x^3 + \ldots$$ (and it converges provided that $|x|<1$). Can you force the series for $1+y$ into that form?

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I wish I can give as many thanks as possible to you for this solution, Opalg!First hint: $y^2+2y = (y+1)^2 - 1$. So it will be helpful to find $y+1 = 1 + \frac{3}{4}+\frac{3*5}{4*8}+\frac{3*5*7}{4*8*12}+ \ldots.$

Second hint: This looks like a generalised binomial series. In fact, Newton's generalised binomial theorem states that $$(1+x)^s = 1 + \frac s1x + \frac{s(s-1)}{2!}x^2 + \frac{s(s-1)(s-2)}{3!}x^3 + \ldots$$ (and it converges provided that $|x|<1$). Can you force the series for $1+y$ into that form?

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Yes,I wish I can give as many thanks as possible to you for this solution, Opalg!

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