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What is to geometric mean as integration is to arithmetic mean?

The arithmetic mean of $y_i ... y_n$ is: $$\frac{1}{n}\sum_{i=1}^n~y_i $$ For a smooth function $f(x)$, we can find the arithmetic mean of $f(x)$ from $x_0$ to $x_1$ by taking $n$ samples and using ...
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When is an infinite product of natural numbers regularizable?

I only recently heard about the concept of $\zeta$-regularization, which allows the evaluation of things like $$\infty !=\mathop{\hat{\prod}}_{k=1}^\infty k = \sqrt{2\pi}$$ and $$\infty ...
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Trying to prove that $\sum_{j=2}^\infty \prod_{k=1}^j \frac{2 k}{j+k-1} = \pi$

How could one prove that: $$\sum_{j=2}^\infty \prod_{k=1}^j \frac{2 k}{j+k-1} = \pi$$ This is about as far as I got: $$\prod_{k=1}^j \frac{2 k}{j+k-1} = \frac{2^j j!}{(j)_j} \implies$$ ...
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Prove that $\prod_{k=1}^{n-1}\sin\frac{k \pi}{n} = \frac{n}{2^{n-1}}$

Using n_th root of unity $$\Large\left(e^{\frac{2ki\pi}{n}}\right)^{n} = 1$$ Prove that $$\prod_{k=1}^{n-1}\sin\frac{k \pi}{n} = \frac{n}{2^{n-1}}$$
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Compute $\lim\limits_{n\to\infty} \prod\limits_2^n \left(1-\frac1{k^3}\right)$

I've just worked out the limit $\lim\limits_{n\to\infty} \prod\limits_{2}^{n} \left(1-\frac{1}{k^2}\right)$ that is simply solved, and the result is $\frac{1}{2}$. After that, I thought of calculating ...
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Finding $ \prod_{n=1}^{999}\sin\left(\frac{n \pi}{1999}\right)$

I would appreciate if somebody could help me with the following problem. How can we find the product $$ \prod_{n=1}^{999}\sin\left(\frac{n \pi}{1999}\right)$$
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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 $$\prod\limits_{n=2}^{\infty} \biggl(1-\frac{1}{n^{2}}\biggr)$$ ...
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A “fast” way for computing $ \prod \limits_{i=1}^{45}(1+\tan i^\circ) $?

Which is the fastest paper-pencil approach to compute the product $$ \prod \limits_{i=1}^{45}(1+\tan i^\circ) $$
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Prove that the product of some numbers between perfect squares is $2k^2$

Here's a question I've recently come up with: Prove that for every natural $x$, we can find arbitrary number of integers in the interval $[x^2,(x+1)^2]$ so that their product is in the form of ...
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$ \tan 1^\circ \cdot \tan 2^\circ \cdot \tan 3^\circ \cdots \tan 89^\circ$

How can I find the following product using elementary trigonometry? $$ \tan 1^\circ \cdot \tan 2^\circ \cdot \tan 3^\circ \cdots \tan 89^\circ.$$ I have tried using a substitution, but nothing ...
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Evaluating the infinite product $\prod_{k=2}^{\infty }\left ( 1-\frac{1}{k^2} \right ).$ [closed]

Evaluate $$\lim_{ n\rightarrow\infty }\prod_{k=2}^{n}\left ( 1-\frac{1}{k^2} \right ).$$ I can't see anything in this limit , so help me please.
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Why is there no explicit formula for the factorial?

I am somewhat new to summations and products, but I know that the sum of the first positive n integers is given by: $$\sum_{k=1}^n k = \frac{n(n+1)}{2} = \frac{n^2+n}{2}$$ However, I know that no ...
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Infinite products - reference needed!

I am looking for a small treatment of basic theorems about infinite products ; surprisingly enough they are nowhere to be found after googling a little. The reason for this is that I am beginning to ...
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A question about $\prod_{x\in \mathbb{R}^{*}}{x}$

When I was an elementary school student, I encountered some puzzles like "What's product of numbers of hair of each people in the world?", which answer was zero, because there's people with no ...
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proof of $\sum\nolimits_{i = 1}^{n } {\prod\nolimits_{\substack{j = 1\\j \ne i}}^{n } {\frac{{x_i }}{{x_i - x_j }}} } = 1$

i found a equation that holds for any natural number of n and any $x_i \ne x_j$ as follows: $$\sum\limits_{i = 1}^{n } {\prod\limits_{\substack{j = 1\\j \ne i}}^{n } {\frac{{x_i }}{{x_i - x_j }}} } ...
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How does one calculate the product of $\tan 1^{\circ} … \tan 45^{\circ}?$

I have seen a question asked on yahoo asking to find the value of $\tan 1^{\circ} \cdot \tan 2^{\circ} \cdot \dots \cdot \tan 45^{\circ}$ (in degrees) I have seen various results concerning ...
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How to prove that $\frac{\sin \pi x}{\pi x}=\prod_{n=1}^{\infty}(1-\frac{x^2}{n^2})$ [duplicate]

How to prove that $$\frac{\sin \pi x}{\pi x}=\prod_{n=1}^{\infty}\left(1-\frac{x^2}{n^2}\right)$$ I tried it with the Taylor series of $\sin(x)$ but I failed. Is there any help?
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Is there a sequence in $(0,1)$ such that the product of all its terms is $\frac{1}{2}$?

I am trying to construct a sequence $\{x_{n}\} \in (0,1)$ such that such that the product of all its terms is $\frac{1}{2}$. Please can I have any clue to solve my problem? Thanks.
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New Year Combinatorics

In the spirit of the festive period and in appreciation of the encouraging response to my X'mas Combinatorics problem posted recently, here's one for the New Year! Express the following as a ...
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Product of two algebraic varieties is affine… are the two varieties affine?

Let $X_1$ and $X_2$ two algebraic varieties such that their product $X_1\times X_2$ is affine. Are $X_1$ and $X_2$ affine then? If this is not true, could you give a counterexample?
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Is $ \prod\limits_{k=0}^\infty \left(1 + \frac{1}{k!}\right) = \mathrm e^2 $?

I was playing around and I came up with this product, which I believe to be equal to $\mathrm e^2$. $$ \prod_{k=0}^\infty \left(1 + \frac{1}{k!}\right) \stackrel{?}{=} \mathrm e^2 $$ After ...
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Prove $\sum_{k=0}^n \binom{n}{k}(-1)^k \frac{x}{x+k} = \prod_{k=1}^n \frac{k}{x+k}$ and more

The current issue (vol. 120, no. 6) of the American Mathematical Monthly has a proof by probabilistic means that $$\sum_{k=0}^n \binom{n}{k}(-1)^k \frac{x}{x+k} = \prod_{k=1}^n \frac{k}{x+k} $$ for ...
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How to compute the following integral in $n$ variables?

How can the following integral be calculated: $$ I_n=\int_0^1\int_0^1\cdots\int_0^1\frac{\prod_{k=1}^{n}\left(\frac{1-x_k}{1+x_k}\right)}{1-\prod_{k=1}^{n}x_k}dx_1\cdots dx_{n-1}dx_n $$ There should ...
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Evaluating the product $\prod\limits_{k=1}^{n}\cos\left(\frac{k\pi}{n}\right)$

Recently, I ran across a product that seems interesting. Does anyone know how to get to the closed form: $$\prod_{k=1}^{n}\cos\left(\frac{k\pi}{n}\right)=-\frac{\sin(\frac{n\pi}{2})}{2^{n-1}}$$ I ...
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Prove this product

How to prove this product? $$\prod\limits_{k=2}^ n {\frac{k^2+k+1}{k^2-k+1}}=\frac{n^2+n+1}{3}$$
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Definition of the Infinite Cartesian Product

(1) If $X$ and $Y$ are two sets, we define the Cartesian product $X \times Y$ as the set of ordered pairs $(x,y)$, such that $x \in X$ and $y \in Y$. (2) On the other hand [Folland, Real Analysis, ...
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How to find finite trigonometric products

I wonder how to prove ? $$\prod_{k=1}^{n}\left(1+2\cos\frac{2\pi 3^k}{3^n+1} \right)=1$$ give me a tip
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Olympiad problem: Erdos-Selfridge

The following problem is a special case of Erdos-Selfridge theorem: http://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ijm/1256050816 Problem: Prove that for any positive integer $n$, the product $(n+1)(n+2)...(n+10)$ ...
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Identity in Number Theory Paper

In this paper by Jerry Hu, he defines the function $$f_{s,k,i}\left(u\right)=\prod_{p\mid u} \left(1-\frac{\sum_{m=i}^{k-1}{s \choose m}\left(p-1\right)^{k-1-m}}{\sum_{m=0}^{k-1}{s \choose ...
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What is the probability that the product of $20$ random numbers between $1$ and $2$ is greater than $10000$?

Twenty random real numbers $a_1,a_2,\dots,a_{20}$ are chosen such that $1\le a_i \le 2$. What is the probability that their product is greater than $10000$? (By random, I mean each real number in the ...
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Two (strictly related) proofs by induction of inequalities.

This is a question I originally asked on MSE, receiving no answer, even with a bounty (which expired) on it. Therefore I am crosslinking in order to prevent duplication of effort: see here for the ...
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How to find the the product $\left(1 - \frac{1}{a}\right)\left(1-\frac{1}{a^{2}}\right)\left(1-\frac{1}{a^{3}}\right)\ldots$ [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Result of the product $0.9 \times 0.99 \times 0.999 \times \dots$ How to find the product $$\left(1 - ...
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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 ...
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Evaluation of a product of sines [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Prove that $\prod_{k=1}^{n-1}\sin\frac{k \pi}{n} = \frac{n}{2^{n-1}}$ I am looking for a closed form for this product of sines: \begin{equation} \sin ...
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Evaluation of $\prod_{n=1}^\infty e\left(\frac{n}{n+1}\right)^{n}\sqrt{\frac{n}{n+1}}$

During my calculation I ended with the following product: $$P=\prod_{n=1}^\infty e\left(\frac{n}{n+1}\right)^{n}\sqrt{\frac{n}{n+1}}$$ I tried to express in term of series by taking the logarithm ...
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How to find the value of $\sqrt{1\sqrt{2\sqrt{3 \cdots}}}$?

I thought up this question recently, and I think I've figured out the partial sum: $$ S_n := \left(n\prod_{k=2}^{n-1} k^{2^{n-k}}\right)^{2^{-k}}. $$ But I don't even quite know if I'm on the right ...
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Proving an infinite product formula

I have found this formula and I am trying to prove it , but I have not any idea how to deal with it: $$e^{ax}-e^{bx} = ...
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Showing an indentity with a cyclic sum

Let $n\geqslant2$, and $k\in \mathbb{N}$ Let $z_1,z_2,..,z_n$ be distinct complex numbers Prove that $$ \sum_{i=1}^{n}\frac {{z}_{i}^{n-1+k}} { \prod \limits_{\substack{j = 1\\j ...
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Which is the Abel's theorem invoked in the context of convergence of this infinite product?

Motivation: As I wrote in this answer the following product is evaluated in Proposition 5 of Jean-Paul Allouche and Jeffrey Shallit's paper The ubiquitous Prouhet-Thue-Morse sequence ...
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Zeros in the complex plane and convergence

I'm doing some number theory which requires some work in $\mathbb{C}$, but unfortunately my complex analysis is a little rusty. A text I am reading states the following: ...and given that ...
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Question about Euler's approach to find $\sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac1{n^2}=\frac{\pi^2}6$

For a freshman calculus project, I used Euler's approach to find $\sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac1{n^2}=\frac{\pi^2}6$, and noted from Wikipedia's explanation that the infinite product representation of ...
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Why is empty product defined to be $1$? [duplicate]

For example $\prod_{2 \le j < 1} 2^j= 1.$ How does that happen?
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How was Euler able to create an infinite product for sinc by using its roots?

In the Wikipedia page for the Basel problem, it says that Euler, in his proof, found that $$\begin{align*} \frac{\sin(x)}{x} &= \left(1 - \frac{x}{\pi}\right)\left(1 + \frac{x}{\pi}\right)\left(1 ...
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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) = ...
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Is there another way to write the product $\prod_{k=0}^n\left(k+\alpha\left(-1\right)^{k+1}\right)$?

I have the following expression $$ \prod_{k=0}^n \left(k + \alpha(-1)^{k+1}\right), $$ which is, for example, $(0-\alpha)(1+\alpha)(2-\alpha)$ for $n = 2$. Is there a way to write this using ...
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closed-form expressions for product of 3n+k where k = 1 or 2

There are some easy products that can be written in closed form in terms of factorials: $ 2 \times 4 \times 6 \times ... 2n = n! \times 2^n$ $ 1 \times 3 \times 5 \times ... (2n-1) = {{(2n)!} ...
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Uncountable product in the category of metric spaces.

I need to prove that category $\mathrm{Met}$ of metric spaces and continuous maps doesnt possess uncountable product of non-one point spaces. Definition. A pair $(X,\{\pi_\nu:\nu\in\Lambda\})$ where ...
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Is there a geometric interpretation of the product integral?

Riemann's "way to the Integral" is loosely speaking the limit of sums of this kind \begin{equation} \sum_if(x_i)\Delta x_i \end{equation} Now, if we replace the sum with a product and the ...
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Can the limit of a product exist if neither of its factors exist?

Show an example where neither $\lim\limits_{x\to c} f(x)$ or $\lim\limits_{x\to c} g(x)$ exists but $\lim\limits_{x\to c} f(x)g(x)$ exists. Sorry if this seems elementary, I have just started my ...
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Showing that $\lim_{n\to\infty}\frac{1\cdot 3\cdot 5\cdots (2n-1)}{(2n)^n} = 0$

Ok, so I want to show that $$\lim_{n\to\infty}\frac{1\cdot 3\cdot 5\cdots (2n-1)}{(2n)^n} = 0.$$ Here is what I have tried so far: \begin{align} \notag \lim_{n\to\infty}\frac{1\cdot 3\cdot 5\cdot ...