# Difference between revisions of "1986 AIME Problems/Problem 11"

## Problem

The polynomial $1-x+x^2-x^3+\cdots+x^{16}-x^{17}$ may be written in the form $a_0+a_1y+a_2y^2+\cdots +a_{16}y^{16}+a_{17}y^{17}$, where $\displaystyle y=x+1$ and thet $\displaystyle a_i$'s are constants. Find the value of $\displaystyle a_2$.