Binomial Theorem Quiz

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The Binomial Theorem is a quick way of expanding a binomial expression that has been raised to some power. Most students have issues when it comes to working out these problems, having some practice helps. Take up the Binomial theorem quiz below to sharpen your math skills. All the best!

• 1.

The binomial expansion of (1-b)^  is the same as that of (1+b)^n except that the coefficients have alternate + and - signs.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
The statement is true because when expanding the binomial (1-b)^n, the coefficients will have alternating positive and negative signs. This is because the binomial theorem states that the coefficients are given by the combination formula, which alternates between positive and negative values. Therefore, the binomial expansion of (1-b)^n will have the same coefficients as the expansion of (1+b)^n, but with alternating signs.

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• 2.

In the expansion of (x^3-2/x^2)^10, find the coefficient of 1/x^5.

• A.

13440

• B.

3360

• C.

-15360

C. -15360
Explanation
To find the coefficient of 1/x^5 in the expansion of (x^3-2/x^2)^10, we need to find the term that contains 1/x^5. This term can be obtained by choosing the x^3 term from the first factor (x^3)^10 and the (-2/x^2) term from the second factor (-2/x^2)^10. The exponent of x^3 is 10, and the exponent of (-2/x^2) is also 10. Multiplying these exponents gives us x^30 * (-2)^10 / x^20 = -2^10 * x^10 / x^20 = -1024 * x^10 / x^20 = -1024 / x^10. The coefficient of 1/x^5 is therefore -1024. However, since the question asks for the coefficient of 1/x^5, we need to multiply -1024 by x^5, resulting in -1024x^5. Therefore, the correct answer is -1024.

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• 3.

There is no difference between the power n and the expansion of the binomial theorem.

• A.

True

• B.

False

B. False
Explanation
The given statement is false. There is a difference between the power n and the expansion of the binomial theorem. The binomial theorem is a formula used to expand expressions of the form (a + b)^n, where a and b are numbers and n is a positive integer. The expansion involves a series of terms with coefficients and powers of a and b. On the other hand, the power n refers to the exponent in an expression, which can be any number, not necessarily a positive integer. Therefore, the statement is incorrect.

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• 4.

Find the term x^3 in the expansion of (1+5)^2(1-2x)^6. 150x^3

• A.

150x^3

• B.

140x^3

• C.

91x^3

B. 140x^3
Explanation
To find the term x^3 in the expansion of (1+5)^2(1-2x)^6, we need to use the binomial theorem. The binomial theorem states that the term with x^k in the expansion of (a+b)^n is given by the formula: (n choose k) * a^(n-k) * b^k. In this case, we have (1+5)^2(1-2x)^6, so a = 1+5 = 6, b = 1-2x, and n = 6. Plugging these values into the formula, we get: (6 choose 3) * 6^(6-3) * (1-2x)^3 = 20 * 216 * (1-2x)^3 = 4320 * (1-2x)^3. Therefore, the term x^3 is 4320 * (1-2x)^3, which is equal to 140x^3 after simplifying.

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• 5.

In the expansion of (2+3x)^n, the coefficients of x^3 and x^4 are in the ratio of 8:15. Find the value of n.

• A.

10

• B.

8

• C.

3

B. 8
Explanation
The ratio of the coefficients of x^3 and x^4 in the expansion of (2+3x)^n is 8:15. This means that the coefficient of x^3 is 8 times smaller than the coefficient of x^4. In the expansion of (2+3x)^n, the coefficient of x^3 is given by the formula (n choose 3) * 2^(n-3) * (3^3), where (n choose 3) represents the binomial coefficient. Similarly, the coefficient of x^4 is given by (n choose 4) * 2^(n-4) * (3^4). By comparing these two expressions, we can set up the equation (n choose 3) * 2^(n-3) * (3^3) = 8 * (n choose 4) * 2^(n-4) * (3^4). Simplifying this equation, we can find the value of n, which is 8.

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• 6.

Who created the special triangle?

Blaise Pascal
Explanation
Blaise Pascal is credited with creating the special triangle, also known as Pascal's triangle. This triangular arrangement of numbers has various mathematical properties and is used in fields such as combinatorics, probability theory, and algebra. It is named after Pascal because he was the first to describe its properties and applications in his work "Traité du triangle arithmétique" published in 1665. Pascal's triangle is formed by starting with a row of 1's and each subsequent row is created by adding the adjacent numbers in the row above.

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• 7.

Find the 7th term of (2+x)^10.

• A.

3360x^6

• B.

3000x^6

• C.

4500x^7

A. 3360x^6
Explanation
The 7th term of (2+x)^10 can be found using the binomial theorem. The general formula for finding the kth term of (a+b)^n is given by (n choose k) * a^(n-k) * b^k. In this case, a = 2, b = x, and n = 10. Plugging in these values and simplifying the expression, we get (10 choose 6) * 2^4 * x^6 = 210 * 16 * x^6 = 3360x^6. Therefore, the 7th term of (2+x)^10 is 3360x^6.

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• 8.

BINOMIAL , in mathematics, a word first introduced by Robert Recorde (1557) to denote a quantity composed of the sum or difference to two terms; as a+b, a-b.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
The explanation for the given correct answer is not available.

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• 9.

Find the coefficient of x^6 in (1-3x)^8

• A.

20412

• B.

10512

• C.

23110

A. 20412
Explanation
To find the coefficient of x^6 in (1-3x)^8, we can use the binomial theorem. The binomial theorem states that the coefficient of x^k in the expansion of (a+b)^n is given by the binomial coefficient C(n,k) multiplied by a^(n-k) multiplied by b^k.

In this case, a=1, b=-3x, n=8, and k=6. Plugging these values into the formula, we get C(8,6) * 1^(8-6) * (-3x)^6 = C(8,6) * 1 * (-3)^6 * x^6. Simplifying further, we get C(8,6) * 729 * x^6.

The binomial coefficient C(8,6) can be calculated as 8! / (6! * 2!) = 8 * 7 / 2 = 28.

Therefore, the coefficient of x^6 in (1-3x)^8 is 28 * 729 = 20412.

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• 10.

Find the coefficient of x^3 in the expansion of (3-4x)(2-x/2)^7

• A.

435

• B.

-882

• C.

632

B. -882
Explanation
To find the coefficient of x^3 in the expansion of (3-4x)(2-x/2)^7, we can use the binomial theorem. The binomial theorem states that the coefficient of x^k in the expansion of (a+b)^n is given by the formula: C(n, k) * a^(n-k) * b^k. In this case, a = 3-4x, b = 2-x/2, n = 7, and k = 3. Plugging these values into the formula, we get: C(7, 3) * (3-4x)^(7-3) * (2-x/2)^3. Simplifying further, we get: C(7, 3) * (3-4x)^4 * (2-x/2)^3. The coefficient of x^3 is the coefficient of x in this expression, which is -882.

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• 11.

With the help of this binomial theorem for positive integral index indices , we can expand any power of x + y into a sum of terms forming a polynomial.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
The binomial theorem states that for any positive integral index, we can expand any power of x + y into a sum of terms forming a polynomial. This means that we can express expressions like (x + y)^n as a polynomial with multiple terms. Therefore, the statement "With the help of this binomial theorem for positive integral index indices, we can expand any power of x + y into a sum of terms forming a polynomial" is true.

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• 12.

Find the coefficients of x^2 in the expansion of (1-2x)^5.23

• A.

23

• B.

40

• C.

51

B. 40
Explanation
To find the coefficient of x^2 in the expansion of (1-2x)^5.23, we can use the binomial theorem. The general term of the expansion is given by (5.23Ck) * (1)^k * (-2x)^(5.23-k), where k is the power of x. To find the coefficient of x^2, we need to find the value of k for which (5.23-k) = 2. Solving this equation, we get k = 3.23. Plugging this value into the general term, we get (5.23C3.23) * (1)^3.23 * (-2x)^(5.23-3.23). Simplifying further, we get (5.23C3.23) * (-8x^2). Using the binomial coefficient formula, we find that (5.23C3.23) = 40. Therefore, the coefficient of x^2 is 40.

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