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Prove that $2n+1 \leq 2^n$ for $n \geq 3$ using mathematical induction.

Question: $2n+1 \leq 2^n$, for all $n \geq 3$ I've tried: Basis: $P(3) = 7 \leq 8 $, so basis step is valid Pick an arbitrary value from the universe, $k \geq 3$ Inductive Step: $2k + 1 \leq ...
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Proof by induction and inequalities

I am stuck on this question: given $a_1a_2≤(\frac{a_1+a_2}{2})^2$ prove by induction of m that $$a_1a_2...a_p≤(\frac{a_1+a_2+...+a_p}{p})^p$$ where $a_i$ are all positive and real and $p=2^m$ (an ...
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Proof by Induction for Fundamental Thm of Arithmetic

Use induction to make our proof of the Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic more rigorous. Recall that $p$ is prime iff for all $a,b\in\mathbb Z:p\mid(ab)$ implies $p\mid a$ or $p\mid b$. Prove that ...
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Use induction to prove that $2^n$ divides $(2n)!$ for any $n\in\mathbb{Z}_{\geq0}.$ [duplicate]

Use induction to prove that $2^n$ divides $(2n)!$ for any $n\in\mathbb{Z}_{\geq0}.$ How would you do the inductive step for this proof? I have the base case done.
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How is derived the inductive step in mathematical induction?

I am quite familiar with the algorithm of mathematical induction but I can't rationalize the inductive step very well. Suppose I have the classical example: $$0 + 1 +2 + \ldots + n = ...
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Is it possible to use mathematical induction to prove a statement concerning all real numbers, not necessarily just the integers? [duplicate]

I am referring to the part of proof by mathematical induction where you show that "if it is true for one value k then it is true for the value k+1". Does proof by induction work over all real numbers? ...
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Inductive step assumption for all numbers up to $n$

I know that the inductive step should be "for all $n$ (if $P(n)$ then $P(n+1)$)" and NOT "if (for all $n$ $(P(n)$)) then (for all $n$ ($P(n+1)$))" - see this answer. But can it be like "if (for all ...
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Help: Proof via Induction homework problem.

(b) Prove that for every integer $n \ge 1$, $$1\cdot3 + 2\cdot4 + 3\cdot5 + \cdots + n(n+2) = \frac{n(n+1)(2n+7)}{6}$$ This is the second part of a two part question. Part (a) was the following: ...
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Prove that for every integer $n \ge 1$, $1 + \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}+\frac{1}{\sqrt{3}}+ … +\frac{1}{\sqrt{n}}\le 2\sqrt{n}$

I understand that this is an induction question. I start with the base case (n=1): $$1 < 2 \tag{That works!}$$ Induction step: Assume the statement works for all $n = k$, Prove for all $n = ...
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Proof by Induction on two languages [duplicate]

I have a question that states - Using proof by induction, prove formally that L(R*) = L((R*)*) -- Where R is a regular expression over a non-empty alphabet. I have am struggling to relate it back to ...
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Prove That the Second Moment is Minimized with a Circle Packing

Graham and Sloane studied the problem of minimzing the second moment of disks on the plane, i.e. minimize $$ U = \frac{1}{d^2} \sum_{i=1}^{n} || \mathbf{p}_i - \bar{\mathbf{p}} ||^2 $$ s.t. ...
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Factoring for Strong Induction for Fibonacci Sequence

Fibonacci: prove the following theorem: define the Fibonacci sequence $\left\{ a_n\right\}_{n=0}^{\infty}$ by $a_0=a_1=1$ and for integers $k>1$, $a_k=a_{k-1}+a_{k-2}$. Then, for each integer $n$, ...
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Proof by induction sum $2^j = 2^{n+1} - 1$

I am trying to solve a previous test for an exam, and there are no solutions. The problem I am trying to solve is If $n$ is a natural number, then $1 + 2 + 2^2 + 2+3 + ... + 2^n = 2^{n+1} -1$ ...
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Induction, show that something is smaller then …

I have to show the following by induction. $1 \cdot 2 \cdot 3 ... (n - 1) \leq (\frac{n}{2})^{n -1}$ As it is homework I "only" need a push in the right direction. my thought is that is something ...
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proof by induction: sum of binomial coefficients

Question: Prove that the sum of the binomial coefficients for the nth power of $(x + y)$ is $2^n$. i.e. the sum of the numbers in the $(n + 1)^{st}$ row of Pascal’s Triangle is $2^n$ i.e. prove ...
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Inductive Proof Recursive Definition

Using this recursive Definition: $$a_{n} = \left\{\begin{matrix} 4 & n=1\\ a_{n-1}+4n-5 & n \geq 2 \end{matrix}\right.$$ I somehow have to prove using induction $$a_{n} = 2n^{2} - ...
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Fibonacci Proof with Induction [duplicate]

$$f(n) = \left\{\begin{matrix} 0 & n=1\\ 1 & n=2\\ f_{n-1} + f_{n-2} & n\geqslant 2\end{matrix}\right.$$ How can I prove by induction that $$f_{n} \geq \left ( 1.5 \right )^{n-1}$$ ...
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Fibonacci Proof Using Induction

$$f(n) = \left\{\begin{matrix} 0 & n=1\\ 1 & n=2\\ f_{n-1} + f_{n-2} & n\geqslant 2\end{matrix}\right.$$ How can I prove by induction that $$f_{n} \leq \left ( \frac{1+\sqrt{5}}{2} ...
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Divisibility proof by induction.

$ 169$ | $3^{3n+3}-26n-27$ ? Fulfilled for $n=0$. Induction to $n+1$: An integer $x$ exists so that $ 169x= 3^{3n+6}-26n-27-26$ $ 169x= 27*3^{3n+3}-26n-27-26$ $ 169x= 26*3^{3n+3}+3^{3n+3}-26n-27-26$ ...
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Induction summation proof

Don't want a full answer but can somebody help me in the right direction with this problem. Have to prove using induction $$\forall n \geqslant 2: \sum_{i=1}^{n} \frac{4}{5^{i}} < 1$$
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How would I solve this mathematical induction proof? I am stuck after the first part of the induction.

$$1 + 5 + 5^2 + \ldots + 5^n = \frac{5^{n+1}-1}{4}$$ Basis case $n= 0$: $1^0 = 1 \;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\; \frac{5^{1+1}-1}{4}=1$ Assume true for $n=k$: $$1 + 5 + 5^2 + \ldots + 5^k = ...
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Proof by induction: $2^n > n$

Base is $2^1 > 1$. Now we assume $2^n > n$ and try to obtain $2^{n+1} > (n+1)$. If I can use $2^n > 1$, I could just add that to $2^n > n$ and get $2^{n+1} > (n+1)$ but I don't ...
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Can I use Strong Induction to prove graph theory? - Hamilton Path/Tournament Graphs

I am working on the below proof. I am still new to proves so I am wondering if you guys can answer the following questions: 1) Did I use the inductive hypothesis correctly here? (By the inductive ...
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Help with multiple statement induction proof

I am learning proof by induction in my math class and I am having trouble with this problem: Prove that for $k \in N, 3^{4k-3}\equiv 3 \pmod{10}, 3^{4k-2} \equiv 9 \pmod{10}, 3^{4k-1} \equiv 7 ...
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Help with proof using induction: $1 + \frac{1}{4} + \frac{1}{9}+\cdots+\frac{1}{n^2}\leq 2-\frac{1}{n}$

I am having trouble with the following proof: For every positive integer $n$: $$1 + \frac{1}{4} + \frac{1}{9}+\cdots+\frac{1}{n^2}\leq 2-\frac{1}{n}$$ My work: I have tried to add ...
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[Beginner]How to tackle mathematical proofs?

So I recently joined university for a BSc in mathematics. I have never been exposed proofs but I have knowledge of algebra, trigonometry, and some differentiation/integration. Now I'm struggling with ...
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Is This a Proof by Induction?

Prove, disprove, or give a counterexample: $$\sum_{i=0}^n \left(\frac 3 2 \right)^i = 2\left(\frac 3 2 \right)^{n+1} -2.$$ I went about this as a proof by induction. I did the base case and ...
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Proving that $\,\sqrt [n] n < 1 + \sqrt{\frac{2}{n}}\,$ for all positive $n$

Hello I am having difficulty proving the following inequality: $$ \sqrt[n]{n} < 1 + \sqrt{\frac{2}{n}} \quad \text{for all positive integers}\,\,\, n. $$ I am trying to use mathematical induction ...
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Using induction to prove $2^{n-1}(1 + a_1a_2\ldots a_n) \geq (1+a_1)(1+a_2)\ldots(1+a_n)$ for $a_i \geq 1$

Hello I have been blasting at this inequality proof and it is just not doing what I want it to do: Prove that $2^{n-1}(a_1a_2\ldots a_n + 1) \geq (1+a_1)(1+a_2)\ldots(1+a_n)$ assuming that ...
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Inductive proof of an inequality

I am trying to prove this inequality by induction: For all $x$ in the interval $x\in [0, \pi]$, prove that: $$ |\sin (nx)| \leq n\sin(x) \textit{, n a nonnegative integer}$$ The base case is ...
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How to prove $n^3 < 4^n$ using induction? [duplicate]

It's true for all Natural numbers. What I've got so far: Prove $P(0) \to $ base case: Let $n = 0$ $(0)^3 < 4^0 = 0 < 1$ Then $P(0)$ is true. Part Two: Prove $P(n) \Rightarrow P(n + 1) ...
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is it wrong to do this to solve an induction question

When doing an induction problem is it wrong to simply add the next variable to both sides? for example for all natural numbers $$4+9+14+19....+(5n-1)=\frac{n}{2}(3+5n)$$ assume true for k ...
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Prove that, for any positive integer n: $(a + b)^{n} \leq 2^{n-1}(a^{n}+b^{n})$

Prove that, for any positive integer n: $(a + b)^{n} \leq 2^{n-1}(a^{n}+b^{n}) $ I tried induction theorem, when $n = 1$ it is obviously right. But, say $n=k$, It does not make sense since I cannot ...
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prove by induction: $3 + 5 + 7 + … + (2n+1) = n(n+2)$

Use the principle of mathematical induction to prove that $$3 + 5 + 7 + ... + (2n+1) = n(n+2)$$ for all n in $\mathbb N$. I have a problem with induction. If anyone can give me a little insight ...
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Proving by induction propositions of the type $P(n_1, n_2, …, n_k)$, where $n_1, n_2, …,$ and $n_k$ are natural numbers

For example: I've seen proofs of the multinomial theorem that use induction in the number of terms that are elevated at some power, but none that use induction in the exponent instead of using it in ...
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Proving a summation involving binomial coefficients.

I need to prove the following inductively: (http://upload.wikimedia.org/math/9/e/5/9e57871ba17c1ad48e01beb7e1bb3bb9.png) $$\sum_{i=1}^{n} i{n \choose i} = n2^{n-1}$$ And for the life of me I can't ...
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Validity of a proof by induction

By intuition, I would say that if L1 is a subset of L and that L is regular, then L1 is also regular, because L1 has less states than L2 and therefore there must be an automata for L1 too. However, ...
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Proving that $fib(n) < (5/3)^n$ for $n \ge 1$ by induction

I know this has been shown before here but no post really answered my question. I had this problem given to me as an induction practice problem and I couldn't solve it without help. When I got the ...
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Fallacious Induction Proof that All Integers are Equal [duplicate]

We're currently learning about induction in my real analysis course. I came up with the following proof that is obviously false but cannot quite figure out why it fails. Here it is... "Any set $S$ of ...
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Prove by induction that $2^{2n} – 1$ is divisible by $3$ whenever n is a positive integer.

I am confused as to how to solve this question. For the Base case $n=1$, $(2^{2(1)} - 1)\,/\, 3 = 1$, base case holds My induction hypothesis is: Assume $2^{2k} -1$ is divisible by $3$ when $k$ is a ...
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What is wrong with the proof given below?

This problem comes from Solow's book, 2nd edition. What is wrong with the proof given below? If $r$ is a real number with $|r| \leq 1$, then for all integers $n \geq 1, 1 + r + r^2 + \ldots + ...
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Proof that $x^k < k^x$

So, I want to prove that $x^k$ is less than $k^x$ for any $x > k$. $x$ and $k$ are both integers. My first approach was an induction over $k$, given that the numbers are integers. I also ...
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Induction proof equivalence

In Induction, we do the following: Check $P(1)$ is true, then show that if $P(k)$ is true, then $P(k+1)$ is also true. So we proceed to assuming $P(k)$ is true, then attempt to show $P(k+1)$ is true, ...
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How to prove $\sum_{k\leq n}^{n} \binom{n}{k}= 2^n$ by induction [duplicate]

$\sum_{k\leq n}^{n} \binom{n}{k}= 2^n , n, k \in \mathbb{N}$ Im trying with mathematical induction but im stuck. My inductive step: $H) \sum_{k=0}^{h} \binom{h}{k}= 2^h$ $T) \sum_{k=0}^{h+1} ...
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How do i prove $\text{F}_\text{n+1}^2 - F_n\text{F}_\text{n+2} = (-1)^n$ by induction? [duplicate]

$F_n$ refers to the $n$ term of the Fibonacci Sequence. I think i'm suppose to prove this by induction. I already have the base case. I am at: $\text{F}_\text{k+1}^2 - F_k\text{F}_\text{k+2} + ...
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Proof by induction and divisibility $21 | (4^{n+1} + 5^{2n-1}) $ [duplicate]

Prove by induction: $21 | (4^{n+1} + 5^{2n-1}) $ Skipping through the basis and onto the induction: $4\cdot 4^{n+1}+5^2 \cdot 5^{2n-1}=21a $ for some integer $a$ The following steps were: ...
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Divisibility induction proof

I'm stuck on the following proof by induction: $$8\mid3^n +7^n -2$$ And this is how far I've gotten: $$3\cdot3^n+7\cdot7^n-2\\3(3^n+7^n-2)+7^n(7-3)-2$$ Any help on where to go after this would be ...
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Advice for proving with induction scenarios with multiple chances for using the hypothesis.

I have done many, many questions about solving induction exercises. I managed to grasp a basic strategy: write all the information, take the statement you want to prove, try to apply the hypothesis ...
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Finding the explicit formula for the succession $x_0=2, x_{n+1} = 5x_n$ and proving it with induction

I'm trying to learn about recursion, first with this exercise: Find the explicit formula for the succession $$x_0=2, x_{n+1} = 5x_n$$ So, from what I've seen, I should test a bit. I see that the ...
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Proving by induction inequalities that lack the variable on the right side.

Doing proof by induction exercises with inequalities, I got stuck on one that is a bit different from the others. There is no $n$ term on the rightmost part of the inequality: Prove that the ...