Voiceover:What I want to

show you in this video is what could be described

as, I guess, a trick for finding binomial expansions, especially binomial expansions where

the exponent is fairly large. But what I want you to do after this video is think about how this

connects to the binomial theorem and how it connects to Pascal’s Triangle. Now let me show you the trick. I’m going to take (X+Y)^7. That’s going to have eight terms. How do I know that? Well (X+Y)^1 has two

terms, it’s a binomial. (X+Y)^2 has three terms. (X+Y)^3 has four terms. So this is going to have eight terms. Let me just create little

buckets for each of the terms. This is the bucket, these aren’t the coefficients these are just the buckets. 1st term, 2nd term, 3rd term, 4th term, 5th term, 6th term,

7th term, and 8th term. Now lets write out the actual X’s and Y’s. The first term, we’re

going to start with X^7. Then each term after that our degree or our power on the X goes down by one. So you go X^6, X^5, X^4, X^3, X^2, X^1, we could just write that as X, and this is going to be X^0, which

is just going to be one. Now lets think about Y. This is going to start at Y^0, which is just one so I’m

not going to write it, Then it’s going to be Y^1,

Y^2, Y^3, Y^4, Y^5, Y^6, and then Y^7 and you can

verify you got it right because for each term, the

exponents should add up to seven. You see that even here. This is X^1 times Y^6. Those add up to be seven. Now, lets get to the interesting part, which is actually

calculating the coefficient. And the algorithm is for

each term right over here, so lets just start, we

know the coefficient right over here is going to be one. Actually, let me write that down. The coefficient over

here is going to be one. So for each term, the

coefficient right over here, I’m going to try to color-code

it so we can see it, the coefficient is

going to be the exponent of the previous term, so the

exponent of the previous term in this case is the seven, the

exponent of the previous term, times the coefficient of the

previous term, divided by which term that actually

was, so divided by the term. That was the 1st term,

so now the coefficient on the 2nd term is seven

times one divided by seven, which is going to be equal to seven. Now what about this one? We use the exact same process. The exact same process. It is going to be the exponent

on the X term, I guess you could say the exponent on

X, I guess we could go with. The exponent on the X, which is six, times the coefficient of the previous term, so times seven, so we’re

taking the X power times the coefficient of the

previous term, so times seven. So the X part of the previous term, times the coefficient

of the previous term, divided by the actual,

I guess you could say, index of the previous

term, so divided by two. So what is that going to be? So this is the equivalent

to three times seven, so this is going to be equal to 21. And now lets go to this

term, exact same idea. Go to the previous term,

what’s our exponent on X? It is five. Lets multiply it times the coefficient, so lets multiply it times

21, and then lets divide it by which term that is,

so that was the 3rd term. So this is going to be, lets see, five times 21 over three is seven, so this is going to be

35, five times seven. And we can keep going, or we can recognize that there’s a symmetry here. If this is one, then the last

term is also going to be one. If the second term is seven, then the second-to-last term is seven. If the third term is 21, then the third term to the last is 21. And then if the 4th term is 35, then the fourth from the last is 35. And just like that, we have figured out the expansion of (X+Y)^7. Pretty neat, in my mind.