 Binomial Theorem For Positive Integral Indices

Binomial Theorem

Before understanding about Binomial Theorem, let us focus on what we have learnt,

We all know the expansion of $(a+b)^2, (a+b)^3, (a-b)^2, (a-b)^3$

$(a+b)^2$=$a^2+2ab+b^2$

$(a+b)^3$=$a^3+3a^2 b+3ab^2+b^3$

($a-b)^2$=$a^2-2ab+b^2$

$(a-b)^3$=$a^3-3a^2 b+3ab^2-b^3$

Using the above expansions, we can easily find out the values of,

$(105)^2$=$(100+5)^2$

=$100^2+2×100×5+5^2$

=$10000 + 1000 + 25$ = $11025$

Similarly,

$(101)^3$=$(100+1)^3$

=$100^3 + 3 × 100^2 × 1 + 3 × 100 × 1^2 + 1^3$

$1000000 + 30000 + 300 + 1$ = $1030301$

But, finding out the values of $(102)^6$, $(99)^5$ with repeated multiplication is difficult. This is made easy with a theorem known as binomial theorem.

By using this theorem, we can expand $(a+b)^n$, where n can be a rational number. Binomial theorem for positive integral indices is discussed here.

Let us write the expansion of $(a+b)^n$ , [0≤n≤5 and n is an integer] and find the properties of binomial expansion.

$(a+b)^0$=$1$

$(a+b)^1$=$(a+b)$

$(a+b)^2$=$a^2+2ab+b^2$

$(a+b)^3$=$a^3+3a^2 b+3ab^2+b^3$

$(a+b)^4$=$a^4+4a^3 b+6a^2 b^2+4ab^3+b^4$

$(a+b)^5$=$a^5+5a^4 b+10a^3 b^2+10a^2 b^3+5a^4 b+b^5$

Properties of the expansion:

• If you notice the power of a and b, exponent of a [first quantity] is decreasing by 1 in the successive terms. Meanwhile, exponent of b is increasing by 1 in the successive terms.
For example; in the expansion of

$(a+b)^3$ = $a^3+3a^2 b+3ab^2+b^3$In the first term $a^3$ , exponent of a is 3 and exponent of b is 0.In the second term3$a^2$ b, exponent of a is 2 and exponent of b is 1.In the third term $3ab^2$, exponent of a is 1 and exponent of b is 2.In the fourth term $b^3$, exponent of a is 0 and exponent of b is 3.

• The total number of terms in the expansion is one more than the exponent or index of (a+b).For example; in the expansion of$~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$$(a+b)^4$=$a^4+4a^3 b+6a^2 b^2+4ab^3+b^4$Index of (a+b) is 4 and the number of terms in the expansion is 5.
• The exponent or index of (a+b) will be equal to the sum of exponents of a and b in each term of the expansion.

We will see the relation between index of (a+b)and the coefficients of the terms in the expansion.

Index

Coefficients

0                                                                                           1

1                                                                              1                        1

2                                                                  1                        2                       1

3                                                      1                        3                      3                                1

4                                         1                        4                       6                          4                            1

5                            1                       5                    10                         10                          5                               1

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• The coefficients of the first term and last term of the expansion $(a+b)^n$ [where n can be any integer] is 1
• Adding the 1’s of the index 1 gives you the 2 for the index 2.
Similarly, adding 1 and 2 of the index 2 gives you the 3’s of the index 3.

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