1986 AIME Problems/Problem 11
Problem
The polynomial may be written in the form , where and the 's are constants. Find the value of .
Solution
Solution 1
Using the geometric series formula, . Since , this becomes . We want , which is the coefficient of the term in (because the in the denominator reduces the degrees in the numerator by ). By the binomial theorem that is .
Solution 2
Again, notice . So
We want the coefficient of the term of each power of each binomial, which by the binomial theorem is . The Hockey Stick Identity gives us that this quantity is equal to .
See also
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