Monday Math 20: The Gamma Function (Part 3/?)

The Gamma Function Part 3: Beta Function and Legendre duplication:
(Part 1)
(Part 2)

Consider the function defined by
. The integral converges for x,y>0; and the substitution in the integral shows that .

Now, consider the product of two gamma functions :

Now, let us make a change in variables from (u,v) to (r,t) via , . Then and we have:

Now, for the first integral, we make the transformation to find:

And thus we see that:

by our definition of the beta function; solving for gives us:

Note that if we take our integral definition for beta and make the change of variables given by , then we find:

And thus:


Now, we can use the beta function to derive a gamma function relation called the Legendre duplication formula. First, we consider :

Now, make the substitution :

Reexamining the beta function integral, we make the change to find:

Comparing this integral to the resulting integral we had for , we see:

Solving for , we find:

This relation is also sometimes written as:


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7 Responses to “Monday Math 20: The Gamma Function (Part 3/?)”

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  3. cody Says:

    I like your Beta function tutorial. You know a good thing to add would be to show how B(n,1/2)=(2^(2n)(n!)^2)/(n(2n)!)

    Hey, are you the same Twisted One from MHF?. If so, this is galactus. I just stumbled onto this by googling Beta. Cool

  4. twistedone151 Says:

    Yes, I’m the same TwistedOne151. The bit you suggest isn’t really needed for the proof in question, but it could be done using the above work, particularly where we see that B(1/2,n)=2^(2n-1)((Γ(n))^2)/(Γ(2n)).
    From this, we get:
    Multiply both numerator and denominator by 2n^2; then use 2*2^(2n-1)=2^(2n),
    2n*(2n-1)!=(2n)!, and n(n-1)!=n!

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