# Tagged Questions

Questions on the factorial function, $n!=n\times(n-1)\times\cdots\times1$. Consider using the tag (gamma-function) if dealing with noninteger arguments.

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### Require assistance proving $n≥2 \Longrightarrow \frac{n!}{n^n} ≤ \frac{1}{2}^{\lfloor \frac{n}{2}\rfloor}$

Theorem: $n≥2 \Longrightarrow \frac{n!}{n^n} ≤ \frac{1}{2}^{\lfloor \frac{n}{2}\rfloor}$ Attempted Solution: We use induction. Additionally, we prove the stronger inequality omitting the floor ...
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### Factorial Summation Definition

A while back I found the series $$\sum_{k=0}^n \binom n k (-1)^k (x+k)^n = (-1)^n n!$$ while messing around in Algebra class (specifically when $n$ is any natural number and $x$ is any real number) I ...
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### what is the n-k derivative of $x^n$? Also, why is $n!/k! = …$

I am having troubles finding $\frac{d^{n-k}x^n}{dx^{n-k}}$ where $k \leq n$ I believe it is equal to $n(n-1)(n-2)....k(k+1)x^k$ but htis is just from obersation, I do not know why it's that exactly. ...
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### How many numbers of $10$ digits that have at least $5$ different digits are there?

In principle I resolved it as if the first number could be zero, to the end eliminate those that start with zero. The numbers that can use $4$ certain figures (for example, $1$, $2$, $3$ and $4$) are ...
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### The method of solving for a factor of $90!$ [duplicate]

If $90! = (90)(89)(88)...(2)(1)$, then what is the exponent of the highest power of $2$ which will divide $90!$ ? How would I apply one of the easiest method from Here? I need help on applying the ...
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### Factorial of a matrix: what could be the use of it?

Recently on this site, the question was raised how we might define the factorial operation $\mathsf{A}!$ on a square matrix $\mathsf{A}$. The answer, perhaps unsurprisingly, involves the Gamma ...
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### Looking for a non-combinatorial proof that $a! \cdot b! \mid (a+b)!$

(I use $a$ and $b$ to denote natural numbers.) Question. Without appealing to the combinatorial interpretation of $$\frac{(a+b)!}{a! b!}$$ as a multinomial coefficients, is there a proof that for ...
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### Factorial ratio sum of finite series

Given: $S = \sum_{i=1}^{n-1}{i! \over n!}$ How would I find the sum for an arbitrarily large $n$ ? Example: $n=5$ $S = \frac{1!}{5!} + \frac{2!}{5!} + \frac{3!}{5!} + \frac{4!}{5!} = 0.275$
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### How could we define the factorial of a matrix?

Suppose I have a square matrix $\mathsf{A}$ with $\det \mathsf{A}\neq 0$. How could we define the following operation? $$\mathsf{A}!$$ Maybe we could make some simple example, admitted it makes any ...
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### Is there a way to evaluate the derivative of $x$! without using Gamma function?

Taking the factorial function $x!$ I wonder if there is a method to find the first derivative of this function without making any use of the Gamma function (or related integral representations of the ...
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### $(r-1)^{th}$ derivative of $x^{k+r-1}$

EDIT: added $x^k$ in final answer I want to find: \begin{align} \frac{d^{r-1}}{dx^{r-1}}\left(x^{k+r-1}\right) \end{align} Writing out the first few terms and what I think is the last term we get: ...
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### Relationship between factorial and derivatives

I was wondering if there is any relationship between factorials and derivatives because I notice that if we had $x^n$ and we take the $n$-th derivative of this function it will be equal to the ...
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### Finding $\lim_{n \to \infty} \dfrac{n^n}{(2n)!}$

Struggling to apply Squeeze THM to find this limit. Specifically, I need a sequence which is always larger than the one in the problem, but which can easily be derived from the middle sequence.
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### Factorial with names

Ok so, I have had an argument with my teacher over 1 quiz question that was marked wrong in my data management class. Question. Determine the number of ways that 12 members of the boys' baseball team ...
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### Why is 0 factorial 1? [duplicate]

n factorial is product of all numbers between n and 1. 0 factorial is (0 * 1 = 0). Why is 0 factorial 1? How can I proof this in mathematical way?
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### Limit of a sequence $a_n = \sqrt[n]{n!}/n$ [duplicate]

Find the limit of the sequence $$a_n = \frac{\sqrt[n]{n!}}{n}$$ I can figure out the limit of the sequence by letting $n=1,2,3,\dots$ but what would be the more conceptual approach to finding the ...
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### Fraction Factorial [duplicate]

How do we find factorial of fractions? For eg: $\frac{1!}{2!}=(\frac{\pi}{4})^{\frac{1}{2}}$ Factorials are used in combinatorics and they can only be functioned on integers to give integers.Then how ...
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### highest value of 'a'

I got a question when I started factorials Q. If $a^8$ and $8^a$ is completely divisible by $50!$ Then which one of the following is true about 'highest value of a'? (A) $10<a<14$ (...
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### Factorial Representation of product

So I've been trying to work out if it is possible to write: $\large \Pi_{i=1}^n (3i-1)$ as an expression involving the quotient or product of two factorials, or really any expression involving ...
Let $p,k$ be natural numbers with $p\ge k$, show that $$\frac{(p-k)!}{(p+k)!} \le \frac{1}{p^{2k}} \left(\frac{e}{2} \right)^{2k^2/p}.$$ The text where I come across this says to use Stirling's ...