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legendres polynomials
Show that int(1,1) x^m P(x) dx = 0 if x < l where P(x) is legendres polynomials. The hint in the book says to use Rodrigues formula which is 1/2^ll! d^l/dx^l (x^21)^l
Ok it's clear that multiple integrations will result in 0 as (x^21)^l is in every integration and will always = 0.
This leaves
1/2^ll! [(m!)(1)^n int(1,1) x^(mn) ((x^21)^l d^ln/dx^ln]
I don't know how to show that that is 0. Eventually I know that since m < l that x^m will go away leaving just the (x^21)^l which is always 0 but I don't know a nice way of showing this. I also am not sure if that is a correct way of writing the above expression. n = the number of integrations that has happened. Any help would be appreciated thanks.

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Re: legendres polynomials
I have not stepped though this, but it would seem you need to use Rodriques' formula and integrate repeatedly by parts, differentiating the power of x and integrating the derivative each time.
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