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 Motivation
 The Principle of Mathematical Induction:
Suppose there is a given statement P(n) involving the natural number n such that

 The statement is true for n = 1, i.e., P(1) is true,
 If the statement is true for n = k (where k is some positive integer), then the statement is also true for n = k + 1, i.e., the truth of P(k) implies the truth of P(k+1).
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Exercise 4.1 page: 94
Prove the following by using the principle of mathematical induction for all n âˆˆ N:
1.
Solution:
P (k + 1) is true whenever P (k) is true.
Therefore, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P (n) is true for all natural numbers i.e. n.
2.
Solution:
P (k + 1) is true whenever P (k) is true.
Therefore, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P (n) is true for all natural numbers i.e. n.
3.
Solution:
P (k + 1) is true whenever P (k) is true.
Therefore, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P (n) is true for all natural numbers i.e. n.
4.
Solution:
P (k + 1) is true whenever P (k) is true.
Therefore, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P (n) is true for all natural numbers i.e. n.
5.
Solution:
P (k + 1) is true whenever P (k) is true.
Therefore, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P (n) is true for all natural numbers i.e. n.
6.
Solution:
P (k + 1) is true whenever P (k) is true.
Therefore, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P (n) is true for all natural numbers i.e. n.
7.
Solution:
P (k + 1) is true whenever P (k) is true.
Therefore, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P (n) is true for all natural numbers i.e. n.
8. 1.2 + 2.2^{2}Â + 3.2^{2}Â + â€¦ +Â n.2^{n}Â = (nÂ â€“ 1) 2^{n}^{+1}Â + 2
Solution:
We can write the given statement as
P (n): 1.2 + 2.2^{2}Â + 3.2^{2}Â + â€¦ +Â n.2^{n}Â = (nÂ â€“ 1) 2^{n}^{+1}Â + 2
If n = 1 we get
P (1): 1.2 = 2 = (1 â€“ 1) 2^{1+1}Â + 2 = 0 + 2 = 2
Which is true.
Consider P (k) be true for some positive integer k
1.2 + 2.2^{2}Â + 3.2^{2}Â + â€¦ +Â k.2^{k}Â = (kÂ â€“ 1) 2^{k}^{Â + 1}Â + 2 â€¦ (i)
Now let us prove that P (k + 1) is true.
Here
P (k + 1) is true whenever P (k) is true.
Therefore, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P (n) is true for all natural numbers i.e. n.
9.
Solution:
We can write the given statement as
P (k + 1) is true whenever P (k) is true.
Therefore, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P (n) is true for all natural numbers i.e. n.
10.
Solution:
P (k + 1) is true whenever P (k) is true.
Therefore, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P (n) is true for all natural numbers i.e. n.
11.
Solution:
P (k + 1) is true whenever P (k) is true.
Therefore, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P (n) is true for all natural numbers i.e. n.
12.
Solution:
P (k + 1) is true whenever P (k) is true.
Therefore, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P (n) is true for all natural numbers i.e. n.
13.
Solution:
P (k + 1) is true whenever P (k) is true.
Therefore, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P (n) is true for all natural numbers i.e. n.
14.
Solution:
By further simplification
= (k + 1) + 1
P (k + 1) is true whenever P (k) is true.
Therefore, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P (n) is true for all natural numbers i.e. n.
15.
Solution:
P (k + 1) is true whenever P (k) is true.
Therefore, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P (n) is true for all natural numbers i.e. n.
16.
Solution:
P (k + 1) is true whenever P (k) is true.
Therefore, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P (n) is true for all natural numbers i.e. n.
17.
Solution:
P (k + 1) is true whenever P (k) is true.
Therefore, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P (n) is true for all natural numbers i.e. n.
18.
Solution:
We can write the given statement as
P (k + 1) is true whenever P (k) is true.
Therefore, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P (n) is true for all natural numbers i.e. n.
19. nÂ (nÂ + 1) (nÂ + 5) is a multiple of 3
Solution:
We can write the given statement as
P (n): n (n + 1) (n + 5), which is a multiple of 3
If n = 1 we get
1 (1 + 1) (1 + 5) = 12, which is a multiple of 3
Which is true.
Consider P (k) be true for some positive integer k
k (k + 1) (k + 5) is a multiple of 3
k (k + 1) (k + 5) = 3m, where m âˆˆÂ N â€¦â€¦ (1)
Now let us prove that P (k + 1) is true.
Here
(k + 1) {(k + 1) + 1} {(k + 1) + 5}
We can write it as
= (k + 1) (k + 2) {(k + 5) + 1}
By multiplying the terms
= (k + 1) (k + 2) (k + 5) + (k + 1) (k + 2)
So we get
= {k (k + 1) (k + 5) + 2 (k + 1) (k + 5)} + (k + 1) (k + 2)
Substituting equation (1)
= 3m + (k + 1) {2 (k + 5) + (k + 2)}
By multiplication
= 3m + (k + 1) {2k + 10 + k + 2}
On further calculation
= 3m + (k + 1) (3k + 12)
Taking 3 as common
= 3m + 3 (k + 1) (k + 4)
We get
= 3 {m + (k + 1) (k + 4)}
= 3 Ã— q where q = {m + (k + 1) (k + 4)} is some natural number
(k + 1) {(k + 1) + 1} {(k + 1) + 5} is a multiple of 3
P (k + 1) is true whenever P (k) is true.
Therefore, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P (n) is true for all natural numbers i.e. n.
20. 10^{2}^{n}^{Â â€“ 1Â }+ 1 is divisible by 11
Solution:
We can write the given statement as
P (n): 10^{2}^{n}^{Â â€“ 1Â }+ 1 is divisible by 11
If n = 1 we get
P (1) = 10^{2.1 â€“ 1Â }+ 1 = 11, which is divisible by 11
Which is true.
Consider P (k) be true for some positive integer k
10^{2}^{k}^{Â â€“ 1Â }+ 1 is divisible by 11
10^{2}^{k}^{Â â€“ 1Â }+ 1 = 11m, whereÂ mÂ âˆˆÂ NÂ â€¦â€¦ (1)
Now let us prove that P (k + 1) is true.
Here
10 ^{2 (k + 1) â€“ 1} + 1
We can write it as
= 10 ^{2k + 2 â€“ 1} + 1
= 10 ^{2k + 1} + 1
By addition and subtraction of 1
= 10 ^{2} (10^{2k1} + 1 â€“ 1) + 1
We get
= 10 ^{2} (10^{2k1} + 1) â€“ 10^{2} + 1
Using equation 1 we get
= 10^{2}. 11m â€“ 100 + 1
= 100 Ã— 11m â€“ 99
Taking out the common terms
= 11 (100m â€“ 9)
= 11 r, where r = (100m â€“ 9) is some natural number
10 ^{2(k + 1) â€“ 1 }+ 1 is divisible by 11
P (k + 1) is true whenever P (k) is true.
Therefore, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P (n) is true for all natural numbers i.e. n.
21. x^{2}^{n}Â â€“Â y^{2}^{n}Â is divisible byÂ xÂ +Â y
Solution:
We can write the given statement as
P (n):Â x^{2}^{n}Â â€“Â y^{2}^{n}Â is divisible byÂ xÂ +Â y
If n = 1 we get
P (1) = x^{2Â Ã—Â 1}Â â€“Â y^{2Â Ã—Â 1}Â =Â x^{2}Â â€“Â y^{2}Â = (xÂ +Â y) (xÂ â€“Â y), which is divisible by (x + y)
Which is true.
Consider P (k) be true for some positive integer k
x^{2}^{k}Â â€“Â y^{2}^{k}Â is divisible byÂ xÂ +Â y
x^{2}^{k}Â â€“Â y^{2}^{k}Â =Â mÂ (xÂ +Â y), whereÂ mÂ âˆˆÂ NÂ â€¦â€¦ (1)
Now let us prove that P (k + 1) is true.
Here
x ^{2(k + 1)} â€“ y ^{2(k + 1)}
We can write it as
= x ^{2k} . x^{2} â€“ y^{2k} . y^{2}
By adding and subtracting y^{2k} we get
= x^{2} (x^{2k} â€“ y^{2k} + y^{2k}) â€“ y^{2k}. y^{2}
From equation (1) we get
= x^{2} {m (x + y) + y^{2k}} â€“ y^{2k}. y^{2}
By multiplying the terms
= m (x + y) x^{2} + y^{2k}. x^{2} â€“ y^{2k}. y^{2}
Taking out the common terms
= m (x + y) x^{2} + y^{2k} (x^{2} â€“ y^{2})
Expanding using formula
= m (x + y) x^{2} + y^{2k} (x + y) (x â€“ y)
So we get
= (x + y) {mx^{2} + y^{2k} (x â€“ y)}, which is a factor of (x + y)
P (k + 1) is true whenever P (k) is true.
Therefore, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P (n) is true for all natural numbers i.e. n.
22. 3^{2}^{n}^{Â + 2}Â â€“ 8nÂ â€“ 9 is divisible by 8
Solution:
We can write the given statement as
P (n): 3^{2}^{n}^{Â + 2}Â â€“ 8nÂ â€“ 9 is divisible by 8
If n = 1 we get
P (1) = 3^{2Â Ã—Â 1 + 2}Â â€“ 8 Ã— 1 â€“ 9 = 64, which is divisible by 8
Which is true.
Consider P (k) be true for some positive integer k
3^{2}^{k}^{Â + 2}Â â€“ 8kÂ â€“ 9 is divisible by 8
3^{2}^{k}^{Â + 2}Â â€“ 8kÂ â€“ 9 = 8m, whereÂ mÂ âˆˆÂ NÂ â€¦â€¦ (1)
Now let us prove that P (k + 1) is true.
Here
3 ^{2(k + 1) + 2} â€“ 8 (k + 1) â€“ 9
We can write it as
= 3 ^{2k + 2} . 3^{2} â€“ 8k â€“ 8 â€“ 9
By adding and subtracting 8k and 9 we get
= 3^{2} (3^{2k + 2} â€“ 8k â€“ 9 + 8k + 9) â€“ 8k â€“ 17
On further simplification
= 3^{2} (3^{2k + 2} â€“ 8k â€“ 9) + 3^{2} (8k + 9) â€“ 8k â€“ 17
From equation (1) we get
= 9. 8m + 9 (8k + 9) â€“ 8k â€“ 17
By multiplying the terms
= 9. 8m + 72k + 81 â€“ 8k â€“ 17
So we get
= 9. 8m + 64k + 64
By taking out the common terms
= 8 (9m + 8k + 8)
= 8r, where r = (9m + 8k + 8) is a natural number
So 3 ^{2(k + 1) + 2} â€“ 8 (k + 1) â€“ 9 is divisible by 8
P (k + 1) is true whenever P (k) is true.
Therefore, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P (n) is true for all natural numbers i.e. n.
23. 41^{n}Â â€“ 14^{n}Â is a multiple of 27
Solution:
We can write the given statement as
P (n):41^{n}Â â€“ 14^{n}is a multiple of 27
If n = 1 we get
P (1) = 41^{1} â€“ 14^{1} = 27, which is a multiple by 27
Which is true.
Consider P (k) be true for some positive integer k
41^{k}Â â€“ 14^{k}is a multiple of 27
41^{k}Â â€“ 14^{k}Â = 27m, whereÂ mÂ âˆˆÂ NÂ â€¦â€¦ (1)
Now let us prove that P (k + 1) is true.
Here
41^{k + 1} â€“ 14 ^{k + 1}
We can write it as
= 41^{k}. 41 â€“ 14^{k}. 14
By adding and subtracting 14^{k} we get
= 41 (41^{k} â€“ 14^{k} + 14^{k}) â€“ 14^{k}. 14
On further simplification
= 41 (41^{k} â€“ 14^{k}) + 41. 14^{k} â€“ 14^{k}. 14
From equation (1) we get
= 41. 27m + 14^{k} ( 41 â€“ 14)
By multiplying the terms
= 41. 27m + 27. 14^{k}
By taking out the common terms
= 27 (41m â€“ 14^{k})
= 27r, where r = (41m â€“ 14^{k}) is a natural number
So 41^{k + 1} â€“ 14^{k + 1} is a multiple of 27
P (k + 1) is true whenever P (k) is true.
Therefore, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P (n) is true for all natural numbers i.e. n.
24. (2nÂ +7) < (nÂ + 3)^{2}
Solution:
We can write the given statement as
P(n): (2nÂ +7) < (nÂ + 3)2
If n = 1 we get
2.1 + 7 = 9 < (1 + 3)^{2}Â = 16
Which is true.
Consider P (k) be true for some positive integer k
(2kÂ + 7) < (kÂ + 3)^{2}Â â€¦ (1)
Now let us prove that P (k + 1) is true.
Here
{2 (k + 1) + 7} = (2k + 7) + 2
We can write it as
= {2 (k + 1) + 7}
From equation (1) we get
(2k + 7) + 2 < (k + 3)^{2} + 2
By expanding the terms
2 (k + 1) + 7 < k^{2} + 6k + 9 + 2
On further calculation
2 (k + 1) + 7 < k^{2} + 6k + 11
Here k^{2} + 6k + 11 < k^{2} + 8k + 16
We can write it as
2 (k + 1) + 7 < (k + 4)^{2}
2 (k + 1) + 7 < {(k + 1) + 3}^{2}
P (k + 1) is true whenever P (k) is true.
Therefore, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P (n) is true for all natural numbers i.e. n.