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Ok, for fun, and because I like mathematical proofs (I made it to the USA Mathematic Olympiad twice), here's the proof I use. In pseudo-code, the n-choose-r function looks like:
```nCr (n,r) {
res = 1;
for i in 1 .. r {
res *= n;
n--;
res /= i;
}
return res;
}
The question is, why does res remain an integer? It is not difficult to show that res /= 1 is an integer, but how can we prove that by the time we get to res /= 7, res is a multiple of 7?

The proof is that by the time we have gotten to res /= X, we have multiplied res's original value, 1, by X continuous integer, and in every series of X continuous integers, there will be one number divisible by X:

```X = 2, series = (y, y+1);  one is div. by 2
X = 3, series = (y, y+1, y+2);  one is div. by 3
...

in nCr(17,7),
n is of the series (17,16,15,14,13,12,11)
i is of the series ( 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
(17/1)
(17/1) (16/2)
(17/1) (16/2) (15/3)
(17/1) (16/4) (15/3)     (14/2)
(17/1) (16/4) (15/(3*5)) (14/2)     (13/1)
(17/1) (16/4) (15/(3*5)) (14/2)     (13/1) (12/6)
(17/1) (16/4) (15/(3*5)) (14/(2*7)) (13/1) (12/6) (11/1)
We're allowed to move the denominators around like I did, because we've already showed the product will already be an integer. The product looks like:
```  r
-----
| |   n - (i-1)
| |   ---------
| |       i
i=1

japhy -- Perl and Regex Hacker

In reply to Re: Re: Binomial Expansion by japhy
in thread Binomial Expansion by crazyinsomniac

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