What is the coefficient of \(x^3\) in this expression?
\((x^4 + x^3 + x^2 + x + 1)^4\)
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According to WolframAlpha it is 20
The coefficients of the final (multiplied-out) terms form tetrahedral numbers: 1, 4, 10, 20, 34, 56, ...
So, the coefficient of the constant term (the 1) and the x16-term are both 1.
The coefficient of the x-term and the x15-term are both 4.
The coefficient of the x2-term and the x14-term are both 10.
The coefficient of the x3-term and the x13-term are boh 20
To find the nth-term of the tetrahedral numbers, you can use this formula: n · (n + 1)·(n + 2) / 6