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Homework Help: Binomial expansion

Posted by Helga on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 8:41am.

The coefficient of x^2 in the expansion of (4-3x)^n as a series of ascending powers of x is -9/64. Show that n satisfies the equation 4^(n+1)=2/[n(1-n)] and hence verify that n=1/2.

I can do the first part of the problem:
4^n*3^2*n(n-1)/2!*2^4=-3^2/2^6
4*4^n*n(n-1)=-2
4^(n+1)*n(n-1)=-2
4^(n+1)=2/[n(1-n)]

But unfortunately I'm stuck with the verification of n=1/2.
Please help.

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