Find the total number of terms in the expansion of (x + a)^51 - (x - a)^51 after simplification.
Notice the first few terms in the expansion of both terms (where C1, C2, C3.... are the terms on the 51st row of Pascal's triangle)
(x +a)^51 = C1 x^51 + C2x^50 a + C3x^49a^2 + C4x^48 a^3 + C5x^47a^4 + C6 x^46a^5 +.......+.x^0*a^51
-(x - a)^51 = -C1x^51 + C2x^50a - C3x^49a^2 + C4x^48a^3 - C5x^47a^4 + C6x^46a^5 + ....+ x^0 * a^51
Adding these we get
2C2x^50a + 2C4x^48a^3 + C6x^46a^5 + ....+ 2x^0a^51
The number of terms is [ 51 + 1] / 2 = 26