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Finite differences 2003-02-10
From Jenny:

I need to find a formula that will work with any number.
I am finding the volume of a 3d cross- shape. Here are my results so far:

Term Number      0   1    2    3     4      5
nth term         1    7   25   63   129    231
1rst diff           6   18   38   66     102
2nd diff              12    20   28   36
3rd diff                  8     8    8

I can't seem to find a formula that will work with any number. Any help would be much appreciated.

Answered by Penny Nom.

Finite differences 2001-10-08
From Murray:
My name is Murray and I am a 10th grade student. Me and my friend have recently discovered and proved a theorem of a relitively advanced nature. It is that the the nth difference of an nth degree equation = n! times the coefficient of the highest power. One of my teachers said this theorem is part finite and that she thinks she has seen it before, but she does not remember what it is called, at what level it is taught, who discovered it or when it was invented. I would greatly appretiate answers to any of these questions.
Answered by Chris Fisher.



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