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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Prove that if $n\in\mathbb{N}$ and $n \geq 3$ then $n! + 3$ is composite.

Prove that if $n\in\mathbb{N}$ and $n \geq 3$ then $n! + 3$ is composite. I tried factoring it to show that there are two factors, thus composites but I can't figure out how to get rid of the ...
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Which is larger? $20!$ or $2^{40}$?

Someone asked me this question, and it bothers the hell out of me that I can't prove either way. I've sort of come to the conclusion that 20! must be larger, because it has 36 prime factors, some of ...
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Showing $(n+1)^n<e^nn!$ by induction

Show $(n+1)^n<e^nn!$ I know why that would be the case using general knowledge and a bit of substitution but am clueless on how to prove it.
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Evaluate a finite sum with four factorials

Given positive integers $k, m, n$ such that $1 \leq k \leq m \leq n$. Evaluate $$ \sum^{n}_{i\mathop{=}0}\frac{1}{n+k+i}\cdot\frac{(m+n+i)!}{i!(n-i)!(m+i)!}$$ Any hints? I'm stuck on ...
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Limit of series involving ratio of two factorials

$$ \sum^{\infty}_{j=0} \frac{(j!)^2}{(2j)!} = \frac{2 \pi \sqrt{3}}{27}+\frac{4}{3} $$ The above series is in a homework sheet. We're not expected to find the limit, just prove its convergence. ...
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Calculating $\displaystyle\sum_{i=1}^{n} \binom{i}{2}$

Show $\displaystyle\sum_{i=1}^{n} \binom{i}{2}=\binom{n+1}{3}$. I'm thinking right now (though not getting anywhere with it) that I want to expand out the summation portion to $i!/2!(i-2)!$ and ...
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Proof by contradiction that $n!$ is not $O(2^n)$

I am having issues with this proof: Prove by contradiction that $n! \ne O(2^n)$. From what I understand, we are supposed to use a previous proof (which successfully proved that $2^n = O(n!)$) to find ...
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A closed form of $\sum_{k=0}^\infty\frac{(-1)^{k+1}}{k!}\Gamma^2\left(\frac{k}{2}\right)$

I am looking for a closed form of the following series \begin{equation} \mathcal{I}=\sum_{k=1}^\infty\frac{(-1)^{k+1}}{k!}\Gamma^2\left(\frac{k}{2}\right) \end{equation} I have no idea how to ...
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Find all Triplets

Find all triplets ( a,b,c ) such that a!*b!=a!+b!+c! I considered different cases and I concluded that there is no such triplets but am not that sure about my ...
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The number of zeros in the decimal representation of the factorial of 126

How many zeros are in $126!$ ... the result is $34$. But can I calculate it manually? I have seen How many zeroes are in 100! but I don't think it's helpful.
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How many zeroes are in 100!

One common math puzzle I've seen around asks for how many zeros are in the product of "100!" Usually, the solution everyone gives goes something like try to match pairs of 5s and 2s that factor out ...
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Factorial of Complex Values

Since the gamma function is an analytic continuation of the factorial function, we can find the factorial of complex values. How does one go about doing so? I've looked far and wide on the internet ...
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An identity for the product of even numbers (double factorial)

I'm unable to prove this identity: Prove that: $2\cdot 4 \cdot 6 \cdot 8 \cdots 2n = 2^n \cdot n!$ Wouldnt it be like this? $ 2(1 \cdot 2\cdot 3\cdot 4 \cdots n)= 2 \cdot n!$
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Multiplication of 1 to n numbers

Let's say I want to find multiplication of 1,2,3...10 then Do I need to do 1*2*3.10 Manually or is there a easier way to do it? something like we can do for summation for 1 to n like this ...
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Number of zero digits in factorials

Here is a riddle someone has been asked in a job interview: How many zero digits are there in $100!$? Well, I found the first $24$ quite fast by counting how many times five divides $100!$ ($5$ ...
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number of trailing zeroes of factorial raise to power by another factorial

Finding trailing zeroes in any factorial is easy. Every time you pass a multiple of 10 (or something 5 mod 10) you will accumulate another 0 For example 10! has two trailing zeros, one from ...
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Is $n! + 1$ often a prime?

Related to this question, I wonder how often $n!+1$ is a prime? There is a related OEIS sequence A002981, however, nothing is said if the sequence is finite or not... or anything in that sense...
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Limit of factorial how to continue

How to continue? the answer is 0 ... thank you
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Factorial Taxicab Number

What is the $i$th number $T_! (n,k,i)$ such that $T_! (n,k,i)$ is the sum of $n \in \mathbb{N}$ distinct positive integer factorials in $k \in \mathbb{N}$ distinct ways (ignoring ordering, ...
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If $N$ is a multiple of $100$, $N!$ ends with $\left(\frac{N}4-1 \right)$ zeroes.

Did certain questions about factorials, and one of them got a reply very interesting that someone told me that it is possible to show that If $N$ is a multiple of $100$, $N!$ ends with ...
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N! ends with exactly 30 zeros? [duplicate]

How many values of N exist, such that N! ends with exactly 30 zeros?
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The relation between the number of $0$s which are at the end of $3^{n!}-1$ and that of $n!$

Let $a_n,b_n$ be the number of $0$s which are at the end of $3^{n!}-1,n!$ in the decimal system respectively. I found that $a_n=b_n+1$ holds for $n=4,5,\cdots, 10$. Then, my questions are... ...
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Given a prime p and an integer N, find the number of integers n such that 1≤n≤N and order(n!) is divisible by p

We are given a prime number $\leq 10^{18}$ and an integer N $(\leq N\leq 10^{18})$ how to find the number of integers lying in the range $1\leq n\leq N$ for which the order(n!) is a multiple of p? ...
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Permutations in circular arrangements

I have another permutation question that I'm having trouble with; this time with circular arrangements: To a meeting involving four companies, each company sends three representatives -- the ...
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Permutation/factorial question

I have this question: How many numbers greater than 40 000 can be formed using the digits 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 if each digit is used only once in each number? The first digit needs to either be ...
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Congruences with prime number and factorial

Prove that if $p\equiv 1 \pmod{4}$ is a prime number and $$x\equiv \pm \left(\frac{p-1}{2}\right)! \pmod{p}$$ then $x^2\equiv -1 \pmod{p}$ I think Wilson's theorem will come in handy here, used ...
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Maximum value of function involving factorials

Define $$g_{(k,j)} = \frac{a^{n-k}b^k(k+n)!x^{k+n-j}}{k!(n-k)!(k+n-j)!}$$, where $n,k,j \in \Bbb{N}$ are fixed such that $(0 \leq x \leq a/b ),(b<a),(0 \leq k \leq n ),(2 \leq j \leq 2n),(0 \leq ...
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Limit of $a(k)$ in $ \sum_{k=1}^n \frac{a_k}{(n+1-k)!} = 1 $

For n = 1, 2, 3 ... (natural number) $ \sum_{k=1}^n \frac{a_k}{(n+1-k)!} = 1 $ $ a_1 = 1, \ a_2 = \frac{1}{2}, \ a_3 = \frac{7}{12} \cdots $ What is the limit of {$ a_k $} $ \lim_{k \to \infty} ...
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How can I show that $n^{n+2}<(2n)!$ for any integer $n$.

When I was try to show that the series $\sum_n \frac{n^n}{(2n)!}$ is convergent using comparison test, I stuck at the point $n^{n+2}<(2n)!$ I think it can be show using mathematical induction. If ...
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Counting Problem using Permutations

The Question was: In how many ways can the letters of the English alphabet be arranged so that there are exactly 10 letters between a and z? My approach was the following: In between a and z, there ...
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Integral of factorial function

What can we say about the integral $\displaystyle\int_{0}^{a} x! dx$? Or something like $\displaystyle\int_{0}^{3} x! dx$?
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Proving $\int^\infty_0 x^n e^{-x} \, dx = n!$

I was motivated by this question on the various applications of integration by parts to prove the following integral: $$\int^\infty_0 x^n e^{-x} \, dx = n!$$ Here's what I have done, I feel I am ...
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A better approximation of $({n \over e})^n$ than by $ \Gamma(1+n-1/2)$ ? (Focus is “reverse” to the Stirling approximation)

In a formula in my self-study of a summation method based on the matrix of Eulerian numbers (which I thus call "Eulerian summation") I am considering terms like $$ \Big({n \over e}\Big)^n \cdot {1 ...
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Using Stirling's approximiation to show that $(\log(\log n))!$ is $O(n^k)$

I am trying to show the following: Prove, using Stirling's approximiation, that $(\log(\log n))!$ is $O(n^k)$ for some positive constant $k$. Stirling's approximation is $$n!=\sqrt{2\pi ...
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If $n = 51! +1$, Then find no of primes among $n+1,n+2,\ldots, n+50$

If $n = 51! +1$, Then find no of primes among $n+1,n+2,\ldots, n+50$ Really speaking, I don't have any clue ...
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Factorial and combinations question.

Any help with these would be greatly appreciated... 1) How many arrangements are there of the letters of the word SAUSAGES ? if the A’s must be together and the S’s apart? (answer apparently 240 ...
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Euler's limit formula for the factorial function

In Euler's first (known) letter to Goldbach on October 13, 1729 he mentions an infinite product that interpolates the factorial function: ...
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Prove that $\lim \limits_{n \to \infty} \frac{x^n}{n!} = 0$, $x \in \Bbb R$.

Why is $$\lim_{n \to \infty} \frac{2^n}{n!}=0\text{ ?}$$ Can we generalize it to any exponent $x \in \Bbb R$? This is to say, is $$\lim_{n \to \infty} \frac{x^n}{n!}=0\text{ ?}$$ This is ...
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Prove that $ \left\{\frac{\binom{n+k}{k} }{(n+k)^k}\right\}_{n=1}^{\infty} $ converges to $\frac{1}{k!}$.

Prove that $$ \left\{\frac{\binom{n+k}{k}}{(n+k)^k}\right\}_{n=1}^{\infty} $$ converges to $\frac{1}{k!}$, where $$\binom{n+k}{k} =\frac{(n+k)!}{n!k!}. $$ I'm not even sure how to approach ...
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Completely unique set in permutation

I have tried searching online for the answer and can't quite get one for my specific problem. My use of terminology is probably not helping (I don't study math). I think I know the answer but would ...
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Proof of an inequality involving factorials

How can the following inequality be proven? $$\left(n!\right)^{\frac{1}{n}}\left((n+1)!\right)^{-\frac{1}{n+1}}\gt\dfrac{n}{n+1}$$ I know this is a result obtained in 1964, but I don't know how to ...
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Inequality problem with factorials

I am not sure if this kind of "question" is welcome on MSE. Here is an olympiad-like problem that I would like to share with you: Let $a,b,c$ be nonnegative integers. Prove that $$ ...
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Factorial of zero is 1. Why? [duplicate]

Why is the factorial of zero, one. What is the mathematical proof behind it?
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Find $\lim_{n\rightarrow\infty}\frac{n}{(n!)^{1/n}}$ [duplicate]

I am having trouble showing $$\lim_{n\rightarrow\infty}\frac{n}{(n!)^{1/n}}=e.$$
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Prove that $ \lim_{n \to \infty}\frac{n}{\sqrt [n]n!}=e$? [duplicate]

I am stuck on the following problem : Prove that $\lim \limits_{n \to \infty}\frac{n}{\sqrt [n]n!}=e$ ? Can someone point me in the right direction? EDIT: It was actually a part of a ...
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Limit of the sequence $\frac{(n!)^{1/n}}{n}$ [duplicate]

Which is the limit of the fllowing sequence $$\frac{(n!)^{1/n}}{n}$$
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Can the value of $(-9!)$ be found

I saw this question on an fb page and I couldn't solve it. Question: What is the value of $(-9!)$? a)$362800$ b)$-362800$ c) Can not be calculated The first options seems to be incorrect,which ...
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Proving Combinatorical Summation: $n!=\sum_{k=0}^n(-1)^k\binom{n}{k}(n-k)^n$ [duplicate]

been stuck with this question for the last few hours, any help would be appreciated. $$ {\large n! = \sum_{k = 0}^{n}\left(-1\right)^{k}{\,n\, \choose \,k\,} \left(\,n - k\,\right)^{n}} $$ what I ...
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Reasoning about factorials and powers of a finite set of primes

I am working on an answer to another question: How to prove $k!+(2k)!+\cdots+(nk)!$ has a prime divisor greater than $k!$ I've reduced the question to showing that the following infinite set of ...
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factorial as difference of powers: $\sum_{r=0}^{n}\binom{n}{r}(-1)^r(l-r)^n=n!$?

The successive difference of powers of integers leads to factorial of that power. I think this is the formula $\sum_{r=0}^{n}\binom{n}{r}(-1)^r(l-r)^n=n!$ But I found no proof on internet. Please ...