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- Mathematical Induction - ( 1 - 7 )
- Propositional Logic - ( 8 - 12 )
- Predicate Logic - ( 13 - 14 )
- Rules Of Inference - ( 15 - 19 )
- Operators And Postulates - ( 20 - 22 )
- Group Theory - ( 23 - 28 )
- Counting And Probability - ( 29 - 38 )
- Mathematical Logic - ( 39 - 45 )
- Mathematical Induction And Recurrence Relations - ( 46 - 80 )

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12. MATHEMATICAL INDUCTIONDiscrete Mathematics
Mathematical induction, is a technique for proving results or establishing statements
for natural numbers. This part illustrates the method through a variety of examples.
Definition
Mathematical Induction is a mathematical technique which is used to prove a
statement, a formula or a theorem is true for every natural number.
The technique involves two steps to prove a statement, as stated below:
Step 1(Base step): It proves that a statement is true for the initial value.
Step 2(Inductive step): It proves that if the statement is true for the n
number n), then it is also true for (n+1)
th
th
iteration (or
iteration ( or number n+1).
How to Do It
Step 1: Consider an initial value for which the statement is true. It is to be shown that
the statement is true for n=initial value.
Step 2: Assume the statement is true for any value of n=k. Then prove the statement is
true for n=k+1. We actually break n=k+1 into two parts, one part is n=k (which is
already proved) and try to prove the other part.
Problem 1
n
3 -1 is a multiple of 2 for n=1, 2, ...
Solution
1
Step 1: For n=1, 3 -1 = 3-1 = 2 which is a multiple of 2
n
k
Step 2: Let us assume 3 -1 is true for n=k, Hence, 3 -1 is true (It is an
assumption) We have to prove that 3
3
k+1
k
k+1
-1 is also a multiple of 2
k
k
– 1 = 3 × 3 – 1 = (2 × 3 ) + (3 –1)
k
k
The first part (2×3 ) is certain to be a multiple of 2 and the second part (3 -1) is also
true as our previous assumption.
Hence, 3
k+1
– 1 is a multiple of 2.
n
So, it is proved that 3 – 1 is a multiple of 2.
Problem 2
2
1 + 3 + 5 + ... + (2n-1) = n for n=1, 2, ...
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Solution
2
Step 1: For n=1, 1 = 1 , Hence, step 1 is satisfied.
Step 2: Let us assume the statement is true for n=k.
2
Hence, 1 + 3 + 5 + ... + (2k-1) = k is true (It is an assumption)
2
We have to prove that 1 + 3 + 5 + ... + (2(k+1)-1) = (k+1) also
holds 1 + 3 + 5 + ... + (2(k+1) – 1)
= 1 + 3 + 5 + ... + (2k+2 – 1)
= 1 + 3 + 5 + ... + (2k + 1)
= 1 + 3 + 5 + ... + (2k – 1) + (2k + 1)
2
= k + (2k + 1)
= (k + 1)
2
2
So, 1 + 3 + 5 + ... + (2(k+1) – 1) = (k+1) hold which satisfies the step
2
2. Hence, 1 + 3 + 5 + ... + (2n – 1) = n is proved.
Problem 3
n
n n
Prove that (ab) = a b is true for every natural number n
Solution
1
1 1
Step 1: For n=1, (ab) = a b = ab, Hence, step 1 is satisfied.
k
k k
Step 2: Let us assume the statement is true for n=k, Hence, (ab) = a b is true (It is
an assumption).
We have to prove that (ab)
k
k+1
=a
k+1 k+1
b
also hold
k k
Given,
(ab) = a b
Or,
(ab) (ab)= (a b ) (ab) [Multiplying both side by ‘ab’]
Or,
(ab)
k
k+1
k k
k
k
= (aa ) ( bb )
k+1
(ab)
Or,
= (ak+1bk+1)
Hence, step 2 is proved.
n
n n
So, (ab) = a b is true for every natural number n.
Strong Induction
Strong Induction is another form of mathematical induction. Through this induction
technique, we can prove that a propositional function, P(n) is true for all positive
integers, n, using the following steps:
Step 1(Base step): It proves that the initial proposition P(1) true.
Step 2(Inductive step): It proves that the conditional statement
[ (1) ⋀ (2) ⋀ (3) ⋀ … … … … ⋀ ( )] → ( + 1) is true for positive integers k.
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13. RECURRENCE RELATIONDiscrete Mathematics
In this chapter, we will discuss how recursive techniques can derive sequences and be
used for solving counting problems. The procedure for finding the terms of a sequence in
a recursive manner is called recurrence relation. We study the theory of linear
recurrence relations and their solutions. Finally, we introduce generating functions for
solving recurrence relations.
Definition
A recurrence relation is an equation that recursively defines a sequence where the next
term is a function of the previous terms (Expressing F n as some combination of Fi with
i<n).
Example: Fibonacci series: Fn = Fn-1 + Fn-2, Tower of Hanoi: Fn = 2Fn-1 + 1
Linear Recurrence Relations
A linear recurrence equation of degree k is a recurrence equation which is in the format
xn= A1 xn-1+ A2 xn-1+ A3 xn-1+... Ak xn-k (An is a constant and Ak≠0) on a sequence of
numbers as a first-degree polynomial.
These are some examples of linear recurrence equations:
Recurrence
relations
Fn = Fn-1 + Fn-2
Initial values
Solutions
a1=a2=1
Fibonacci number
Fn = Fn-1 + Fn-2
a1=1, a2=3
Lucas number
Fn = Fn-2 + Fn-3
a1=a2=a3=1
Padovan sequence
Fn = 2Fn-1 + Fn-2
a1=0, a2=1
Pell number
How to solve linear recurrence relation
Suppose, a two ordered linear recurrence relation is: F n = AFn-1 +BFn-2 where A and B are
real numbers.
The characteristic equation for the above recurrence relation is:
2
x − Ax − B = 0
Three cases may occur while finding the roots:
Case 1: If this equation factors as (x- x1)(x- x1) = 0 and it produces two distinct real
n
n
roots x1 and x2, then Fn = ax1 + bx2 is the solution. [Here, a and b are constants]
2
Case 2: If this equation factors as (x- x1) = 0 and it produces single real root x1, then
n
n
Fn = a x1 + bn x1 is the solution.
Case 3: If the equation produces two distinct real roots x1 and x2 in polar form x1 = r ∠ θ and x2 = r ∠(- θ), then Fn = rn (a cos(nθ)+ b sin(nθ)) is
the solution.
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Problem 1
Solve the recurrence relation Fn = 5Fn-1 - 6Fn-2 where F0 = 1 and F1 = 4
Solution
The characteristic equation of the recurrence relation is:
2
x – 5x + 6=0,
So,
(x-3) (x-2) = 0
Hence, the roots are:
x1 = 3 and
x2= 2
The roots are real and distinct. So, this is in the form of case 1
Hence, the solution is:
n
Fn = ax1 + bx2
n
n
n
Here, Fn = a3 + b2 (As x1 = 3 and x2=
2) Therefore,
0
0
1
1
1=F0 = a3 + b2 = a+b
4=F1 = a3 + b2 = 3a+2b
Solving these two equations, we get a = 2 and b = -1
Hence, the final solution is:
n
n
n
Fn = 2.3 + (-1) . 2 = 2.3 - 2
n
Problem 2
Solve the recurrence relation Fn = 10Fn-1 - 25Fn-2 where F0 = 3 and F1 = 17
Solution
The characteristic equation of the recurrence relation is:
2
x –10x -25 =0,
So,
2
(x – 5) = 0
Hence, there is single real root x1 = 5
As there is single real valued root, this is in the form of case
2 Hence, the solution is:
n
Fn = ax1 + bnx1
0
n
0
3 = F0= a.5 + b.0.5 = a
1
1
17 = F1= a.5 + b.1.5 = 5a+5b
Solving these two equations, we get a = 3 and b = 2/5
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