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Exam-Style Questions on Binomial Theorem

Problems on Binomial Theorem adapted from questions set in previous Mathematics exams.

1.

IB Standard

If \((x+5)^{10}\) is expanded

(a) how many terms would there be?

(b) what is the coefficient of the term containing \(x^4\)?


2.

IB Standard

If \((2x+7)^{6}\) is expanded

(a) how many terms would there be?

(b) what is the coefficient of the term containing \(x^4\)?


3.

IB Standard

If you expanded \((2x-3)^{15}\), the term containing \(x^6\) can be written as \(\binom{15}{a}\times(2x)^b\times(-3)^c\)

(a) Write down the values of \(a\), of \(b\) and \(c\).

(b) Find the coefficient of the term containing \(x^6\).


4.

IB Standard

The constant term in the expansion of \(x^4(2x^2+\frac{m}{x})^7\) is 896

Find \(m\).


5.

IB Standard

Consider the expansion of \( (3x+ \frac{c}{x})^8\) where \( c \gt 0 \).

The coefficient of the term in \(x^4\) is equal to the coefficient of the term in \(x^6\).

Find c.


6.

A-Level

(a) Find the binomial expansion of \( (1-6x)^{\frac34} \) up to and including the term in \(x^2\).

(b) Find the binomial expansion of \( (16-6x)^{\frac34} \) up to and including the term in \(x^2\).

(c) Use your expansion from part (b) to find an estimate for \( 19^{\frac34} \) giving your answer in the form \(a + \frac{b}{c} \) where a, b and c are positive integers with \( b \lt c \).


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