September 28th, 2011, 05:56 AM  #1 
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How to logically explain this induction case? If n straight lines are drawn such that each line intersects every other line and no three lines have a common point of intersection, then the plane is divided into (n(n+1))/2 +1 regions. I would appreciate a clear explanation, thank you. 
September 28th, 2011, 07:52 PM  #2 
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Induction hypothesis: The number of regions is Show it holds for n = 1: Use the induction hypothesis to find the difference between consecutive numbers of regions: Induction: 
September 28th, 2011, 08:55 PM  #3 
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That's effectively doing the induction step twice. Instead, claim that it can be "seen" that the nth line adds n regions to the number of regions generated by n1 lines.

September 28th, 2011, 09:43 PM  #4  
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