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NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

NCERT QUESTION - (Principle Of Mathematical Induction)

Question 1:  Prove the following by using the principle of mathematical induction or all n ∈ N
NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

 ANSWER: Let the given statement be P(n), i.e.,

P(n): 1 +3+ 32  … 3n–1 = NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

For n = 1, we have

P(1): 1 = NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction , which is true.

Let P(k) be true for some positive integer k, i.e.,

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

We shall now prove that P(k + 1) is true.

Consider

1+ 3+ 32  … 3k–1  + 3(k 1) – 1

= (1 + 3+ 32  … 3k–1) + 3k

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction
Thus, P(k + 1) is true whenever P(k) is true.

Hence, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P(n) is true for all natural numbers i.e., n.
Question 2: Prove the following by using the principle of mathematical induction for all nN:  NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction
ANSWER:  Let the given statement be P(n), i.e.,

P(n):  NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

For n = 1, we have

P(1): 13 = 1 = NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction , which is true.

Let P(k) be true for some positive integer k, i.e.,

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

We shall now prove that P(k + 1) is true.

Consider

13 + 23 + 33  …  +k3+  (k  + 1)3

= (13 + 23 + 33  ….  +k3)+ (k + 1)3 

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

Thus, P(k + 1) is true whenever P(k) is true.

Hence, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P(n) is true for all natural numbers i.e., n.

Question 3: Prove the following by using the principle of mathematical induction for all nN:  NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction
ANSWER:  Let the given statement be P(n), i.e.,

P(n):  NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

For n = 1, we have

P(1): 1 = NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction  which is true.

Let P(k) be true for some positive integer k, i.e.,

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

We shall now prove that P(k + 1) is true.

Consider

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

Thus, P(k + 1) is true whenever P(k) is true.

Hence, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P(n) is true for all natural numbers i.e., n.

Question 4:  Prove the following by using the principle of mathematical induction for all nN: 1.2.3 +2.3.4 …  n(n + 1) (n + 2) = NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical InductionANSWER:  Let the given statement be P(n), i.e.,

P(n): 1.2.3+ 2.3.4 …  n(n + 1) (n+  2) = NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

For n = 1, we have

P(1): 1.2.3 = 6 = NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction , which is true.

Let P(k) be true for some positive integer k, i.e.,

1.2.3 + 2.3.4 …  k(k + 1) (k  + 2)  NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

We shall now prove that P(k + 1) is true.

Consider

1.2.3+ 2.3.4 …  +k(k + 1) (k + 2)+ (k + 1) (+k  2) (k + 3)

= {1.2.3 + 2.3.4 …  k(k + 1) (k + 2)} + (k + 1) (k + 2) (k + 3)

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction  

 Thus, P(k + 1) is true whenever P(k) is true.

Hence, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P(n) is true for all natural numbers i.e., n.

Question 5:  Prove the following by using the principle of mathematical induction for all nN:  NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

ANSWER:  Let the given statement be P(n), i.e.,

P(n) :  NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

For n = 1, we have

P(1): 1.3 = 3 NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction , which is true.

Let P(k) be true for some positive integer k, i.e.,

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

We shall now prove that P(k + 1) is true.

Consider

1.3+ 2.32 + 3.33  …  +k3k +(k  +1) 3k 1

= (1.3+ 2.32 + 3.33  …  +k.3k)+ (k + 1) 3k+ 1

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

Thus, P(k + 1) is true whenever P(k) is true.

Hence, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P(n) is true for all natural numbers i.e., n.

Question 6:Prove the following by using the principle of mathematical induction for all nN:  NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction
ANSWER:  Let the given statement be P(n), i.e.,

P(n):  NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

For n = 1, we have

P(1):  NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction , which is true.

Let P(k) be true for some positive integer k, i.e.,

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

We shall now prove that P(k + 1) is true.

Consider

1.2+ 2.3 +3.4 …  +k.(k+  1) +(k + 1).(k + 2)

= [1.2+ 2.3 +3.4 …  +k.(k  +1)] +(k + 1).(k + 2)

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

Thus, P(k + 1) is true whenever P(k) is true.

Hence, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P(n) is true for all natural numbers i.e., n.

Question 7: Prove the following by using the principle of mathematical induction for all nN:  NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction
ANSWER:  Let the given statement be P(n), i.e.,

P(n):  NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

For n = 1, we have

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction , which is true.

Let P(k) be true for some positive integer k, i.e.,

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

We shall now prove that P(k + 1) is true.

Consider

(1.3+ 3.5+5.7 … (2k – 1) (2k + 1) +{2(k + 1) – 1}{2(k+  1) +1}

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

Thus, P(k + 1) is true whenever P(k) is true.

Hence, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P(n) is true for all natural numbers i.e., n.

Question 8: Prove the following by using the principle of mathematical induction for all nN: 1.2+ 2.22 + 3.22  …  +n.2n = (n – 1) 2n+ 1 + 2
ANSWER:  Let the given statement be P(n), i.e.,

P(n): 1.2+ 2.22 + 3.22+  …  +n.2n = (n – 1) 2n+ 1 + 2

For n = 1, we have

P(1): 1.2 = 2 = (1 – 1) 21+ 1+  2 = 0+ 2 = 2, which is true.

Let P(k) be true for some positive integer k, i.e.,

1.2 +2.22  +3.22 + … + k.2k = (k – 1) 2k+  1 + 2 … (i)

We shall now prove that P(k  +1) is true.

Consider

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

Thus, P(k  +1) is true whenever P(k) is true.

Hence, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P(n) is true for all natural numbers i.e., n.

Question 9: Prove the following by using the principle of mathematical induction for all nN:  NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction
ANSWER:  Let the given statement be P(n), i.e.,

P(n):  NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

For n = 1, we have

P(1):  NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction , which is true.

Let P(k) be true for some positive integer k, i.e.,

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

We shall now prove that P(k  +1) is true.

Consider

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

Thus, P(k + 1) is true whenever P(k) is true.

Hence, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P(n) is true for all natural numbers i.e., n.

Question 10: Prove the following by using the principle of mathematical induction for all nN:  NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction
ANSWER:  Let the given statement be P(n), i.e.,

P(n):  NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

For n = 1, we have

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction , which is true.

Let P(k) be true for some positive integer k, i.e.,

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

We shall now prove that P(k + 1) is true.

Consider

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

Thus, P(k + 1) is true whenever P(k) is true.

Hence, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P(n) is true for all natural numbers i.e., n.

Question 11: Prove the following by using the principle of mathematical induction for all nN:  NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction
ANSWER:  Let the given statement be P(n), i.e.,

P(n):  NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

For n = 1, we have

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction , which is true.

Let P(k) be true for some positive integer k, i.e.,

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

We shall now prove that P(k + 1) is true.

Consider

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction  

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

Thus, P(k + 1) is true whenever P(k) is true.

Hence, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P(n) is true for all natural numbers i.e., n.

Question 12: Prove the following by using the principle of mathematical induction for all nN:  NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction
ANSWER:  Let the given statement be P(n), i.e.,

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

For n = 1, we have

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction , which is true.

Let P(k) be true for some positive integer k, i.e.,

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

We shall now prove that P(k + 1) is true.

Consider

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

Thus, P(k + 1) is true whenever P(k) is true.

Hence, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P(n) is true for all natural numbers i.e., n.

Question 13: Prove the following by using the principle of mathematical induction for all nN:  NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction
ANSWER:  Let the given statement be P(n), i.e.,

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

For n = 1, we have

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

Let P(k) be true for some positive integer k, i.e.,

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

We shall now prove that P(k + 1) is true.

Consider

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

Thus, P(k + 1) is true whenever P(k) is true.

Hence, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P(n) is true for all natural numbers i.e., n.

Question 14: Prove the following by using the principle of mathematical induction for all nN:

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction
ANSWER:  Let the given statement be P(n), i.e.,

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

For n = 1, we have

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction , which is true.

Let P(k) be true for some positive integer k, i.e.,

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

We shall now prove that P(k + 1) is true.

Consider

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

Thus, P(k + 1) is true whenever P(k) is true.

Hence, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P(n) is true for all natural numbers i.e., n.

Question 15: Prove the following by using the principle of mathematical induction for all nN:  NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction
ANSWER:  Let the given statement be P(n), i.e.,

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

Let P(k) be true for some positive integer k, i.e.,

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

We shall now prove that P(k + 1) is true.

Consider

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

Thus, P(k + 1) is true whenever P(k) is true.

Hence, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P(n) is true for all natural numbers i.e., n.

Question 16:Prove the following by using the principle of mathematical induction for all nN:  NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction
ANSWER:  Let the given statement be P(n), i.e.,

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

Let P(k) be true for some positive integer k, i.e.,

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

We shall now prove that P(k + 1) is true.

Consider

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

Thus, P(k + 1) is true whenever P(k) is true.

Hence, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P(n) is true for all natural numbers i.e., n.

Question 17: Prove the following by using the principle of mathematical induction for all nN:  NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction
ANSWER:  Let the given statement be P(n), i.e.,

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

For n = 1, we have

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction , which is true.

Let P(k) be true for some positive integer k, i.e.,

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

We shall now prove that P(k + 1) is true.

Consider

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

Thus, P(k + 1) is true whenever P(k) is true.

Hence, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P(n) is true for all natural numbers i.e., n.

Question 18: Prove the following by using the principle of mathematical induction for all nN:  NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction
ANSWER:  Let the given statement be P(n), i.e.,

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

It can be noted that P(n) is true for n = 1 since  NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction .

Let P(k) be true for some positive integer k, i.e.,

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

We shall now prove that P(k + 1) is true whenever P(k) is true.

Consider

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

Hence, NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

Thus, P(k + 1) is true whenever P(k) is true.

Hence, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P(n) is true for all natural numbers i.e., n.

Question 19: Prove the following by using the principle of mathematical induction for all nN: n (n+  1) (n + 5) is a multiple of 3.
ANSWER:  Let the given statement be P(n), i.e.,

P(n): n (n + 1) (n + 5), which is a multiple of 3.

It can be noted that P(n) is true for n = 1 since 1 (1+ 1) (1 +5) = 12, which is a multiple of 3.

Let P(k) be true for some positive integer k, i.e.,

k (k + 1) (k + 5) is a multiple of 3.

k (k + 1) (k  +5) = 3m, where m ∈ N … (1)

We shall now prove that P(k + 1) is true whenever P(k) is true.

Consider

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

Thus, P(k  +1) is true whenever P(k) is true.

Hence, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P(n) is true for all natural numbers i.e., n.

Question 20: Prove the following by using the principle of mathematical induction for all nN: 102n – 1  +1 is divisible by 11.
ANSWER:  Let the given statement be P(n), i.e.,

P(n): 102n – 1  +1 is divisible by 11.

It can be observed that P(n) is true for n = 1 since P(1) = 102.1 – 1  +1 = 11, which is divisible by 11.

Let P(k) be true for some positive integer k, i.e.,

102k – 1 + 1 is divisible by 11.

∴102k – 1  +1 = 11m, where m ∈ … (1)

We shall now prove that P(k + 1) is true whenever P(k) is true.

Consider

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

Thus, P(k + 1) is true whenever P(k) is true.

Hence, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P(n) is true for all natural numbers i.e., n.

Question 21: Prove the following by using the principle of mathematical induction for all nN: x2ny2n is divisible by x  + y.
ANSWER:  Let the given statement be P(n), i.e.,

P(n): x2ny2n is divisible by x  + y.

It can be observed that P(n) is true for n = 1.

This is so because x2 × 1 – y2 × 1x2 – y2 = ( + y) (x – y) is divisible by (xy).

Let P(k) be true for some positive integer k, i.e.,

x2k – y2k is divisible by x y.

x2k – y2km ( + y), where m ∈ N … (1)

We shall now prove that P(k + 1) is true whenever P(k) is true.

Consider

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

Thus, P(k + 1) is true whenever P(k) is true.

Hence, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P(n) is true for all natural numbers i.e., n.

Question 22: Prove the following by using the principle of mathematical induction for all nN: 32n+  2 – 8n – 9 is divisible by 8.
ANSWER:  Let the given statement be P(n), i.e.,

P(n): 32n+  2 – 8n – 9 is divisible by 8.

It can be observed that P(n) is true for n = 1 since 32 × 1 +2 – 8 × 1 – 9 = 64, which is divisible by 8.

Let P(k) be true for some positive integer k, i.e.,

32k+  2 – 8k – 9 is divisible by 8.

∴32k + 2 – 8k – 9 = 8m; where m ∈ N … (1)

We shall now prove that P(k + 1) is true whenever P(k) is true.

Consider

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

Thus, P(k + 1) is true whenever P(k) is true.

Hence, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P(n) is true for all natural numbers i.e., n.

Question 23: Prove the following by using the principle of mathematical induction for all nN: 41n – 14n is a multiple of 27.
ANSWER:  Let the given statement be P(n), i.e.,

P(n):41n – 14is a multiple of 27.

It can be observed that P(n) is true for n = 1 since  NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Inductionwhich is a multiple of 27.

Let P(k) be true for some positive integer k, i.e.,

41k – 14is a multiple of 27

∴41k – 14k = 27m, where m ∈ N … (1)

We shall now prove that P(k + 1) is true whenever P(k) is true.

Consider

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

Thus, P(k  +1) is true whenever P(k) is true.

Hence, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P(n) is true for all natural numbers i.e., n.

Question 24: Prove the following by using the principle of mathematical induction for allNCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction (2 +7) < (n + 3)2
ANSWER:  Let the given statement be P(n), i.e.,

P(n): (2n + 7) < (n + 3)2

It can be observed that P(n) is true for n = 1 since 2.1+ 7 = 9 < (1+ 3)2 = 16, which is true.

Let P(k) be true for some positive integer k, i.e.,

(2k + 7) < (k + 3)2 … (1)

We shall now prove that P(k + 1) is true whenever P(k) is true.

Consider

NCERT Solutions Class 11 Maths Chapter 4 - Principle Of Mathematical Induction

Thus, P(k + 1) is true whenever P(k) is true.

Hence, by the principle of mathematical induction, statement P(n) is true for all natural numbers i.e., n.

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Ans. To prove a statement using the principle of mathematical induction, you first prove that the statement is true for the base case (usually n = 1). Then, you assume the statement is true for some arbitrary positive integer k, and use this assumption to prove that it must also be true for k+1. This completes the inductive step, and the statement is then proven to be true for all positive integers.
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