An Interesting Conclusion

It is a known fact that powers of 22 add upto any natural sum less than the next power of 22. This has been the basis for many practical problems with measurements, and allows us to count binary. The notation of this property is:

(i=0n2i)+1=2n+1(\displaystyle\sum_{i=0}^{n} 2^{i}) + 1 = 2^{n+1}

Then I realised, this could be extended to powers of 33, after the sum is multiplied by 22 i.e.

2(i=0n3i)+1=3n+12(\displaystyle\sum_{i=0}^{n} 3^{i}) + 1 = 3^{n+1}

This worked even for 44, when the sum was multiplied by 33

3(i=0n4i)+1=4n+13(\displaystyle\sum_{i=0}^{n} 4^{i}) + 1 = 4^{n+1}

Thus, I thought I may generalize it:

(x1)(i=0nxi)+1=xn+1(x-1)(\displaystyle\sum_{i=0}^{n} x^{i}) + 1 = x^{n+1}, for all xNx\in\mathbb{N}

Is this generalization correct, or is there a limit to xx?

If there is a proof for this statement, can someone post it below?

Note by Nanayaranaraknas Vahdam
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Thank you for the proofs! Now that this has been proven, can it be altered to give the value of any number xyx^{y}

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Easy proof.

Let S = sum_i=1^n (x^i). Take -1 from both sides. After multiplying x-1 into the LHS sum and a bit of manipulation, it is easy to see LHS = (x^n+1) + S - S - 1 = RHS.

Thus, we can also conclude that x can be any complex number.

Jake Lai - 7 years ago

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It's pretty easy.Think of it as a polynomial


Then multiply by x1x-1 and you will simply get (as things cancel)


Bogdan Simeonov - 7 years ago

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I just realised that. Me and my slow head.

Sharky Kesa - 7 years ago

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I actually registered this about a year ago but couldn't find a proof. Tag me if you can.

Sharky Kesa - 7 years ago

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Tag? How?

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Like this: @Sharky Kesa

Sharky Kesa - 7 years ago

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