The truth of an infinite sequence of propositions for , ..., is established if (1) is true, and (2) implies for all . This principle is sometimes also known as the method of induction.

# Principle of Mathematical Induction

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## References

Apostol, T. M. "The Principle of Mathematical Induction." §I 4.2 in*Calculus, 2nd ed., Vol. 1: One-Variable Calculus, with an Introduction to Linear Algebra.*Waltham, MA: Blaisdell, p. 34, 1967.Courant, R. and Robbins, H. "The Principle of Mathematical Induction" and "Further Remarks on Mathematical Induction." §1.2.1 and 1.7 in

*What Is Mathematics?: An Elementary Approach to Ideas and Methods, 2nd ed.*Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, pp. 9-11 and 18-20, 1996.

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