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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 2004 (2004), Issue 36, Pages 1893-1896

Restricted partitions

División Matemática, Universidad Nacional de Luján, 6700 Luján, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Received 2 June 2003; Revised 9 September 2003

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We prove a known partitions theorem by Bell in an elementary and constructive way. Our proof yields a simple recursive method to compute the corresponding Sylvester polynomials for the partition. The previous known methods to obtain these polynomials are in general not elementary.