For example, , with coefficients , , , etc.
There are a number of different ways to prove the Binomial Theorem, for example by a straightforward application of mathematical induction. The Binomial Theorem also has a nice combinatorial proof:
We can write . Repeatedly using the distributive property, we see that for a term , we must choose of the terms to contribute an to the term, and then each of the other terms of the product must contribute a . Thus, the coefficient of is the number of ways to choose objects from a set of size , or . Extending this to all possible values of from to , we see that , as claimed.
Consider the function for constants . It is easy to see that . Then, we have . So, the Taylor series for centered at is
Many factorizations involve complicated polynomials with binomial coefficients. For example, if a contest problem involved the polynomial , one could factor it as such: . It is a good idea to be familiar with binomial expansions, including knowing the first few binomial coefficients.