Gamma function

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The Gamma funciton is defined as

Relations and values


Using integration by parts,

At , goes to 0. Using L'Hopital's rule, it's easy to show that .



Using this, and the the fact that , then we can get the factorial function. For a positive integer,


For z=1/2,

Substituting ,

where in the last line we used the fact that is an even function. The integral is called the Gaussian integral and has a well known value of .