Past Papers’ Solutions | Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) | AS & A level | Mathematics 9709 | Pure Mathematics 1 (P1-9709/01) | Year 2016 | Oct-Nov | (P1-9709/12) | Q#4

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Question

In the expansion of , the coefficient of x is 7. Find the value of the constant n and hence find the coefficient of .

Solution

Binomial Theorem states that if  is a natural number;

First we expand  .

In the given case:

Hence;

 

We will have the given product as;

We consider only the terms containing ;

We are given that coefficient of the term with x is 7. Therefore, we can equate;

Next we need to find the coefficient of .

As we have expanded the given product above;

From here we take out the term containing .

As we have found above that ;

Hence coefficient of  in the expansion of  is .

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