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## #1 2013-01-02 05:06:34

cooljackiec
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### Proofs

how would we prove the identity:

in algebra?

Last edited by cooljackiec (2013-01-02 05:07:38)

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## #2 2013-01-02 05:40:09

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### Re: Proofs

You can check that

(Expand LHS and show it's equal to RHS.) Hence

Rearrange, noting that
, and you're done.

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## #3 2013-01-02 06:17:24

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### Re: Proofs

Another way:

Write the sum on the left as:

We can notice that the number on the RHS is the number of ways to choose r+1 numbers out of the set

The sum on the LHS can be interpreted like this:

If we know that the greatest number we will choose is r+k (for
), then we can choose the rest of the numbers in
ways. If we sum all those values for all different values of k between 1 and n-r+1, we will get the total number of ways to choose r+1 numbers from the set mentioned before.

But, we also know that that will be the sum on the RHS, so the RHS and the LHS must be equal!

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## #4 2013-01-02 07:09:54

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### Re: Proofs

Algebraically?

I see you have graph paper.
You must be plotting something