Newton binomial

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binomium of Newton

The formula for the expansion of an arbitrary positive integral power of a binomial in a polynomial arranged in powers of one of the terms of the binomial:



are the binomial coefficients. For terms formula (*) takes the form

For an arbitrary exponent , real or even complex, the right-hand side of (*) is, generally speaking, a binomial series.

The gradual mastering of binomial formulas, beginning with the simplest special cases (formulas for the "square" and the "cube of a sum" ) can be traced back to the 11th century. I. Newton's contribution, strictly speaking, lies in the discovery of the binomial series.


The coefficients

are called multinomial coefficients.

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This article was adapted from an original article by E.D. Solomentsev (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article