# Even our teacher can't do this! "The 3rd term of (1+x)^n is 36x^2. Find 4th term...."

#### Leah5467

##### New member
Binomial stuff:

a The third term of $$\displaystyle (1\, +\, x)^n$$ is $$\displaystyle 36x^2.$$ Find the fourth term.

b If $$\displaystyle (1\, +\, kx)^n\, =\, 1\, -\, 12x\, +\, 60x^2\, -\, ...,$$ find the values of $$\displaystyle k$$ and $$\displaystyle n$$.

c Find $$\displaystyle a$$ if the coefficient of $$\displaystyle x^{11}$$ in the expansion of $$\displaystyle \left(x^2\, +\, \frac{1}{ax}\right)^{10}$$ is 15.

I am stuck from the beginning. I tried using general term way:Tr+1,and gives me the equation of (n chooses 2)=36,and i don't know how to solve it

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#### Dr.Peterson

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#### Leah5467

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I am stuck from the beginning. I tried using general term way:Tr+1,and gives me the equation of (n chooses 2)=36,and i don't know how to solve it

#### Harry_the_cat

##### Senior Member
Binomial stuff:

a The third term of $$\displaystyle (1\, +\, x)^n$$ is $$\displaystyle 36x^2.$$ Find the fourth term.

b If $$\displaystyle (1\, +\, kx)^n\, =\, 1\, -\, 12x\, +\, 60x^2\, -\, ...,$$ find the values of $$\displaystyle k$$ and $$\displaystyle n$$.

c Find $$\displaystyle a$$ if the coefficient of $$\displaystyle x^{11}$$ in the expansion of $$\displaystyle \left(x^2\, +\, \frac{1}{ax}\right)^{10}$$ is 15.

I am stuck from the beginning. I tried using general term way:Tr+1,and gives me the equation of (n chooses 2)=36,and i don't know how to solve it
Use the formula $$\displaystyle {n\choose r} = \frac{n!}{r! (n-r)!}$$

and the fact that $$\displaystyle \frac {n!}{(n-2)!} = n(n-1)$$

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#### JeffM

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$$\displaystyle (-\ 1)^1 * \dbinom{n}{1} * 1^{(n-1)} * (kx)^1 = -\ 12x$$
$$\displaystyle (-\ 1)^2 * \dbinom{n}{2} * 1^{(n-2)} * (kx)^2 = 60x^2.$$