6
votes
4answers
114 views

What does $\prod_{n\geq2}\frac{n^4-1}{n^4+1}$ converge to?

What does $\prod_{n\geq2}\frac{n^4-1}{n^4+1}$ converge to? As far as I can tell, this has no closed-form solution (not saying much, I don't know much math), but a friend of mine swears he saw a ...
0
votes
1answer
56 views

Proving the formula for the directional derivatives of the of the sum and dot product of two functions

Define the directional derivative of a function $\textbf{f}$ at $\textbf{c}$ in the direction $\textbf{u}$ by $$\textbf{f}\hspace{0.04in}'(\textbf{c};\textbf{u}) = \lim_{h \rightarrow 0} ...
1
vote
1answer
152 views

Proof involving gamma function, infinite product and Gauss

How can I rigorously and directly prove that $$\Gamma (z)=\lim_{n\rightarrow \infty }\frac{n!n^{z}}{z(z+1)\cdots(z+n)}$$
0
votes
1answer
41 views

Showing an indentity with a cyclic sum

let $z_1,z_2,..,z_n$ be non equal complex numbers for any $n\geqslant2$, for any $k\in \mathbb{N}$ $$ \sum_{i=1}^{n}\frac {{z}_{i}^{n-1+k}} { \prod \limits_{\substack{j = 1\\j \ne i}}^{ n }{ ...
1
vote
0answers
73 views

Pi identity with sum and product

Please prove this identity $$\sum_{ n=1 }^{\infty }\left({\left(-1\right) }^{ n }\frac{\prod_{ j=1 }^{ n }{\left(\frac{ 3 }{ 2 }-j\right) }}{\left( 2n+1\right)\left( n!\right) }\right) =\frac{\pi }{ ...
2
votes
1answer
191 views

Show that $\prod_{i=1}^n a_i- \prod_{j=1}^n b_i =$ $\sum_{t=1}^{n-1}(\prod_{i\leq t-1}a_i)(\prod_{j\geq t+1} b_j)(a_t-b_t)$

Pardon the cryptic notation and possibly trivial question. I believe the following holds. Define $$X_t=(\prod_{i\leq t-1}a_i)(\prod_{j\geq t+1} b_j)(a_t-b_t).$$ Show that ...
6
votes
1answer
275 views

Generalization of the series for $\frac{\pi^2}{6}$? Is there a more elementary proof?

In the same vein as: $ \frac{\pi ^2}{6} = 1 + \frac{1}{4} + \frac{1}{9} + \frac{1}{25} \cdots $ Starting with: $ \displaystyle \prod_{n=1}^{\infty} \left( 1 -\frac{q^2}{n^2} \right) = ...
17
votes
4answers
2k views

Finding Value of the Infinite Product $\prod \Bigl(1-\frac{1}{n^{2}}\Bigr)$

While trying some problems along with my friends we had difficulty in this question. True or False: The value of the infinite product $$\prod\limits_{n=2}^{\infty} \biggl(1-\frac{1}{n^{2}}\biggr)$$ ...