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The binomial theorem is a theorem in algebra describing the binomial coefficients. It states that

(a+b)^n=\sum_{k=0}^n\binom{n}{k}a^{n-k}b^k
=\binom{n}{0}a^nb^0+\binom{n}{1}a^{n-1}b^1+\cdots+\binom{n}{n-1}a^1b^{n-1}+\binom{n}{n}a^0b^n
=a^n+na^{n-1}b+\binom{n}{2}a^{n-2}b^2+\cdots+\binom{n}{n-2}a^2b^{n-2}+nab^{n-1}+b^n

where \binom{n}{k} is a combination (equal to \frac{n!}{k!(n-k)!}).

The binomial theorem is very useful in binomial expansion, as it allows for binomials with large exponents to be expanded with relative ease. For example,

(a+b)^5=a^5+5a^4b+10a^3b^2+10a^2b^3+5ab^4+b^5

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