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In elementary algebra, the binomial theorem or the binomial expansion is a mechanism by which expressions of the form can be expanded. It is the identity that states that for any non-negative integer n, where is a binomial coefficient. Another useful way of stating it is the following: ## Contents

### Pascal's triangle

An alternate way to find the binomial coefficients is by using Pascal's triange. The triangle is built from apex down, starting with the number one alone on a row. Each number is equal to the sum of the two numbers directly above it.

n=0         1
n=1        1 1
n=2       1 2 1
n=3      1 3 3 1
n=4     1 4 6 4 1
n=5   1 5 10 10 5 1


Thus, the binomial coefficients for the expression are 1, 3, 6, 4, and 1.

## Proof

One way to prove this identity is by mathematical induction.

Base case: n = 0 Induction case: Now suppose that it is true for n : and prove it for n + 1.        and the proof is complete.

## Examples

These are the expansions from 0 to 6. ## Newton's binomial theorem

There is also Newton's binomial theorem, proved by Isaac Newton, that goes beyond elementary algebra into mathematical analysis, which expands the same sum (x + y)n as an infinite series when n is not an integer or is not positive.