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RE: Difference Equations

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  • Subject: [mg33749] RE: [mg33737] Difference Equations
  • From: "Curt Fischer" <cfisher at>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2002 02:14:02 -0400 (EDT)
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Dear Paulo:

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From: Paulo Moraes Ferreira [mailto:paulom at] 
To: mathgroup at
Subject: [mg33749] [mg33737] Difference Equations

How can i solve difference equations in mathematica.
I am doing a master in economics. Does anyone give some instructions
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Yes, Mathematica can indeed solve difference equations.  Look in the
help browser under DiscreteMath or RSolve.  There are many examples.

For example:


RSolve[{a[n+1]==n a[n],a[1]==1},a[n],n]

{{a[n] -> (1+n)!}}

Curt Fischer
Tokyo Institute of Technology
Dept. of Bioengineering

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