Question: Can anyone find better binomial/factorial/GAMMA simplifications here? There are nice answers, I just couldn't get Maple to give them to me

The above worksheet contains some computations I needed for a paper I am writing for the next issue of Maple Transactions.  The computations are within reach of hand computation (which is why I know the right answers).  I wanted Maple to be able to do them, however.

I couldn't make Maple do anything but verify that I was right (this is useful, I will admit).  But can anyone find any artful ways to simplify or solve any of those steps?  I suspect that this is quite hard in general, but with these things involving phi = (1+sqrt(5))/2 it's likely that others would find some "art" useful.  By the way, phi is not built-in to Maple, as far as I know.  Any more votes for including it?

There is an undocumented feature reported here that is useful: asympt works with "leadterm" and this turns out to be necessary.  I forget how I found out that leadterm works with asympt.  It's not in ?asympt, though I think that it should be.


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