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Proving $1^3+ 2^3 + \cdots + n^3 = \left(\frac{n(n+1)}{2}\right)^2$ using induction

How can I prove that $$1^3+ 2^3 + \cdots + n^3 = \left(\frac{n(n+1)}{2}\right)^2$$ for all $n \in \mathbb{N}$? I am looking for a proof using mathematical induction. Thanks
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Why $a^n - b^n$ is divisible by $a-b$?

I did some mathematical induction problems on divisibility $9^n$ $-$ $2^n$ is divisible by 7. $4^n$ $-$ $1$ is divisible by 3. $9^n$ $-$ $4^n$ is divisible by 5. Can these be generalized as $a^n$ $...
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Dominoes and induction, or how does induction work?

I've never really understood why math induction is supposed to work. You have these 3 steps: Prove true for base case (n=0 or 1 or whatever) Assume true for n=k. Call this the induction hypothesis....
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Alternating sum of binomial coefficients: given $n \in \mathbb N$, prove $\sum^n_{k=0}(-1)^k {n \choose k} = 0$

I tried to solve it using induction, but that got me no were, in the middle of the equation stat appearing ks that I don't see how to get out of the equation. I think the easiest way to prove it, it's ...
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Proof writing: how to write a clear induction proof?

What is an effective way to write induction proofs? Essentially, are there any good examples or templates of induction proofs that may be helpful (for beginners, non-English-native students, etc.)? ...
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Induction on Real Numbers

One of my Fellows asked me whether total induction is applicable to real numbers, too ( or at least all real numbers ≥ 0) . We only used that for natural numbers so far. Of course you have to change ...
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Proving $\sum\limits_{k=1}^{n}{\frac{1}{\sqrt{k}}\ge\sqrt{n}}$ with induction

I am just starting out learning mathematical induction and I got this homework question to prove with induction but I am not managing. $$\sum\limits_{k=1}^{n}{\frac{1}{\sqrt{k}}\ge\sqrt{n}}$$ ...
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Proving $\sum\limits_{i=0}^n i 2^{i-1} = (n+1) 2^n - 1$ by induction

I'm trying to apply an induction proof to show that $((n+1) 2^n - 1 $ is the sum of $(i 2^{i-1})$ from $0$ to $n$. the base case: L.H.S = R.H.S we assume that $(k+1) 2^k - 1 $ is true. we need to ...
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Why is mathematical induction a valid proof technique? [duplicate]

Context: I'm studying for my discrete mathematics exam and I keep running into this question that I've failed to solve. The question is as follows. Problem: The main form for normal induction over ...
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Questions on “All Horse are the Same Color” Proof by Complete Induction

The following has been bugging me, and I can't go to sleep until I resolve it. Here is a summary of the document on page 109 of http://courses.csail.mit.edu/6.042/spring12/mcs.pdf. False ...
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Inductive proof that ${2n\choose n}=\sum{n\choose i}^2.$

I would like to prove inductively that $${2n\choose n}=\sum_{i=0}^n{n\choose i}^2.$$ I know a couple of non-inductive proofs, but I can't do it this way. The inductive step eludes me. I tried naively ...
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Prove the inequality $n! \geq 2^n$ by induction

I'm having difficulty solving an exercise in my course. The question is: Prove that $n!\geq 2^n$. We have to do this by induction. I started like this: The lowest natural number where the ...
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What is the formula for $1/(1\cdot 2)+1/(2\cdot 3)+1/(3\cdot 4)+\ldots +1/(n(n+1))$

How can I find the formula for the following equation? $$\frac{1}{1\cdot 2}+\frac{1}{2\cdot 3}+\frac{1}{3\cdot 4}+\ldots +\frac{1}{n(n+1)}$$ More importantly, how would you approach finding the ...
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Proof by induction of Bernoulli's inequality: $(1 + x)^n \geq 1 + nx$

I'm asked to used induction to prove Bernoulli's Inequality: If $1+x>0$, then $(1+x)^n\geq 1+nx$ for all $n\in\mathbb{N}$. This what I have so far: Let $n=1$. Then $1+x\geq 1+x$. This is true. Now ...
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Prove by induction that for all $n \geq 3$: $n^{n+1} > (n+1)^n$

I am currently helping a friend of mine with his preperations for his next exam. A big topic of the exam will be induction, thus I told him he should practice this a lot. As at the beginning he had no ...
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Induction Proof that $x^n-y^n=(x-y)(x^{n-1}+x^{n-2}y+\ldots+xy^{n-2}+y^{n-1})$

This question is from [Number Theory George E. Andrews 1-1 #3]. Prove that $$x^n-y^n=(x-y)(x^{n-1}+x^{n-2}y+\ldots+xy^{n-2}+y^{n-1}).$$ This problem is driving me crazy. $$x^n-y^n = (x-y)(x^{n-1}...
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Show that $n$ lines separate the plane into $\frac{(n^2+n+2)}{2}$ regions

Show that $n$ lines separate the plane into $\frac{(n^2+n+2)}{2}$ regions if no two of these lines are parallel and no three pass through a common point. I know we start with the base case, where, ...
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Proof that $n^2 < 2^n$

How do I prove the following statement by induction? $$n^2 \lt 2^n$$ $P(n)$ is the statement $n^2 \lt 2^n$ Claim: For all $n \gt k$, where $k$ is any integer, $P(n)$ (since $k$ is any integer, I ...
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Proving the geometric sum formula by induction

$$\sum_{k=0}^nq^k = \frac{1-q^{n+1}}{1-q}$$ I want to prove this by induction. Here's what I have. $$\frac{1-q^{n+1}}{1-q} + q^{n+1} = \frac{1-q^{n+1}+q^{n+1}(1-q)}{1-q}$$ I wanted to factor a $q^{...
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What's the difference between simple induction and strong induction?

I just started to learn induction in my first year course. I'm having a difficult time grasping the concept. I believe I understand the basics but could someone summarize simple induction and strong ...
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What is the second principle of finite induction?

I understand the principle of finite induction, but my book then mentions that there is a variant of the first where requirement b is changed to If $k$ is a positive integer such that $1,2, \dots,...
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Proof by induction that $ \sum_{i=1}^n 3i-2 = \frac{n(3n-1)}{2} $

I'm starting to understand how induction works (with the whole $k \to k+1$ thing), but I'm not exactly sure how summations play a role. I'm a bit confused by this question specifically: $$ \sum_{i=1}^...
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How does one actually show from associativity that one can drop parentheses?

I've always heard this reasoning, and it makes obvious sense, but how do you actually show it for some arbitrary product? Would it be something like this? $$(a(b(cd)))e=((ab)(cd))e=(((ab)c)d)e=abcde?$...
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Induction: $\sum_{k=0}^n \binom nk k^2 = n(1+n)2^{n-2}$

I found crazy (for me at least) induction example, in fact it just would be nice to prove. (Even have problems with starting) Any hints are highly valued: $$0^2\binom{n}{0}+1^2\binom{n}{1}+2^2\binom{n}...
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Proving formula for product of first n odd numbers

I have this formula which seems to work for the product of the first n odd numbers (I have tested it for all numbers from $1$ to $100$): $$\prod_{i = 1}^{n} (2i - 1) = \frac{(2n)!}{2^{n} n!}$$ How ...
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Simple Proof by induction: “9 divides $n^3 + (n+1)^3 + (n+2)^3$”

I'm trying to prove using induction that 9 divides $n^3 + (n+1)^3 + (n+2)^3$ whenever $n$ is a non-negative integer. So far, I have: Base case: P(1) = (1) + (8) + (27) = 36, 36 can be divided by 9 ...
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Proving $ 1+\frac{1}{4}+\frac{1}{9}+\cdots+\frac{1}{n^2}\leq 2-\frac{1}{n}$ for all $n\geq 2$ by induction

Question: Let $P(n)$ be the statement that $1+\dfrac{1}{4}+\dfrac{1}{9}+\cdots +\dfrac{1}{n^2} <2- \dfrac{1}{n}$. Prove by mathematical induction. Use $P(2)$ for base case. Attempt at ...
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Fake induction proofs

Question: Can you provide an example of a claim where the base case holds but there is a subtle flaw in the inductive step that leads to a fake proof of a clearly erroneous result? [Note: Please do ...
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We all use mathematical induction to prove results, but is there a proof of mathematical induction itself?

I just realized something interesting. At schools and universities you get taught mathematical induction. Usually you jump right into using it to prove something like $$1+2+3+\cdots+n = \frac{n(n+1)}...
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Show that $11^{n+1}+12^{2n-1}$ is divisible by $133$.

Problem taken from a paper on mathematical induction by Gerardo Con Diaz. Although it doesn't look like anything special, I have spent a considerable amount of time trying to crack this, with no luck. ...
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Prove by induction Fibonacci equality

[question:] Prove by induction that the i th Fibonacci number satisfies the equality $$F_i=\frac{\phi^i-\hat{\phi^i}}{\sqrt5}$$where $\phi$ is the golden ratio and $\hat{\phi}$ is its conjugate. [...
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Prove that $(a-b) \mid (a^n-b^n)$

I'm trying to prove by induction that for all $a,b \in \mathbb{Z}$ and $n \in \mathbb{N}$, that $(a-b) \mid (a^n-b^n)$. The base case was trivial, so I started by assuming that $(a-b) \mid (a^n-b^n)$. ...
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Proving by induction that $ \sum_{k=0}^n{n \choose k} = 2^n$

Prove by induction that for all $n \ge 0$: $${n \choose 0} + {n \choose 1} + ... + {n \choose n} = 2^n.$$ In the inductive step, use Pascal’s identity, which is: $${n+1 \choose k} = {n \choose k-1} ...
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For the Fibonacci numbers, show for all $n$: $F_1^2+F_2^2+\dots+F_n^2=F_nF_{n+1}$

The definition of a Fibonacci number is as follows: $$F_0=0\\F_1=1\\F_n=F_{n-1}+F_{n-2}\text{ for } n\geq 2$$ Prove the given property of the Fibonacci numbers for all n greater than or equal to 1. ...
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Induction proof concerning a sum of binomial coefficients: $\sum_{j=m}^n\binom{j}{m}=\binom{n+1}{m+1}$ [duplicate]

I'm looking for a proof of this identity but where j=m not j=0 http://www.proofwiki.org/wiki/Sum_of_Binomial_Coefficients_over_Upper_Index $$\sum_{j=m}^n\binom{j}{m}=\binom{n+1}{m+1}$$
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Inductive proof of the closed formula for the Fibonacci sequence [duplicate]

Fibonacci numbers $f(n)$ are defined recursively: $f(n) = f(n-1) +f(n-2)$ for $n > 2$ and $f(1) = 1$, $f(2) = 1$. They also admit a simple closed form: $$\sqrt 5 f( n ) = \left(\dfrac{1+ \sqrt 5}{...
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Geometric mean never exceeds arithmetic mean

This was a mathematical induction question proposed in a textbook, and I've exhausted multiple approaches (proving RHS - LHS > 0, splitting the fraction, fractional exponents, etc.) The geometric ...
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induction proof: $\sum_{k=1}^nk^2 = \frac{n(n+1)(2n+1)}{6}$

I encountered the following induction proof on a practice exam for calculus: $$\sum_{k=1}^nk^2 = \frac{n(n+1)(2n+1)}{6}$$ I have to prove this statement with induction. Can anyone please help me ...
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Prove by induction that $n^2<n!$

How can I show that $n^2<n!$ for all $n\geq 4$ Step 1 For $n=1$, the LHS=$4^2=16$ and RHS=$4!=24$. So LHS$<$ RHS. Step 2 Suppose the result be true for $n=k$ i.e., $k^2<k!$ Step 3 ...
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Using induction to prove that $\sum_{r=1}^n r\cdot r! =(n+1)! -1$

Use induction to prove that $\displaystyle\sum_{r=1}^n r\cdot r! =(n+1)! -1$ I first showed that the formula holds true for $n=1$. Then I put n as $k$ and got an expression for the sum in terms ...
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Examples of mathematical induction

What are the best examples of mathematical induction available at the secondary-school level---totally elementary---that do not involve expressions of the form $\bullet+\cdots\cdots\cdots+\bullet$ ...
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How does backwards induction work to prove a property for all naturals?

I was reading a blogpost here: http://mzargar.wordpress.com/2009/07/19/cauchys-method-of-induction/ One thing that threw me off was that after the first four large displayed equations, there is the ...
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What makes induction a valid proof technique?

What makes induction (over natural numbers) a valid proof technique? Is $$ \dfrac{ P(0) \quad \forall i \in \mathbb{N}. P(i) \Rightarrow P(i+1) }{ \forall n \in \mathbb{N}. P(n)} $$ just taken for ...
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What exactly is the difference between weak and strong induction?

I am having trouble seeing the difference between weak and strong induction. There are a few examples in which we can see the difference, such as reaching the $k^{th}$ rung of a ladder and ...
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Prove that $ n < 2^{n}$ for all natural numbers $n$.

Prove that $ n < 2^{n} $ for all natural numbers $n$. I tried this with induction: Inequality clearly holds when $n=1$. Supposing that when $n=k$, $k<2^{k}$. Considering $k+1 <2^{k}+1$, ...
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Vandermonde determinant by induction

The determinant at the top-left of the page can be done by induction, it says show that. I have done this before, if I submit this will I get marks? MORE IMPORTANTLY how do I do it by induction? The ...
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Estimating partial sums $\sum_{n = 1}^m \frac{1}{\sqrt{n}}$

Apostol's Calculus, exercise number I 4.7 13. Prove that if $n \geq 1$, then $$ 2(\sqrt{n+1} - \sqrt{n}) < \frac{1}{\sqrt{n}} < 2(\sqrt{n} - \sqrt{n-1}) $$ and use this to prove that if $...
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Prove by induction that $n!>2^n$ [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Proof the inequality $n! \geq 2^n$ by induction Prove by induction that $n!>2^n$ for all integers $n\ge4$. I know that I have to start from the basic step, which is to ...
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Prove by mathematical induction that: $\forall n \in \mathbb{N}: 3^{n} > n^{3}$

Prove by mathematical induction that: $$\forall n \in \mathbb{N}: 3^{n} > n^{3}$$ Step 1: Show that the statement is true for $n = 1$: $$3^{1} > 1^{3} \Rightarrow 3 > 1$$ Step 2: Show ...
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Prove by mathematical induction that $2n ≤ 2^n$, for all integer $n≥1$?

I need to prove $2n \leq 2^n$, for all integer $n≥1$ by mathematical induction? This is how I prove this: Prove:$2n ≤ 2^n$, for all integer $n≥1$ Proof: $2+4+6+...+2n=2^n$ $i.)$ Let $P(n)=1 ...