find the formula of trinomial expansion


Solution 1

The expansion is given by $$(a+b+c)^n = \sum_{i,j,k} {n \choose i,j,k}\, a^i \, b^j \, c^k $$ where $n$ is a nonnegative integer and the sum is taken over all combinations of nonnegative indices $i, j$, and $k$ such that $i + j + k = n$. The trinomial coefficients are given by $$ {n \choose i,j,k} = \frac{n!}{i!\,j!\,k!} \,.$$ This formula is a special case of the multinomial formula.

Solution 2

When expanding the product, you pick one of $a,b,c$ from every factor, and get at term $a^ib^jc^k$ where $i+j+k=n$. You can scramble the $n$ factors in $n!$ ways, but as scrambling identical letters makes no difference, the factors are actually repeated $\dfrac{n!}{i!j!k!}$ times.




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Updated on August 04, 2022


  • Mark
    Mark about 6 hours

    I wonder as if there exist a equivalent forumla to newton binomial

    $$(x+y)^n=\sum_{k=0}^{n} {n\choose k} x^{n-k}y^k$$

    for three coefficients $(a+b+c)^n$ ?

    • André Nicolas
      André Nicolas over 8 years
      Please see the Multinomial Theorem.
    • Admin
      Admin about 6 years
      There is an extra $n$ in your formula and the summation range is wrong.