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Collatz conjecture and related problems - mathematical machinery

Collatz conjecture stands as an open problem. That leads me to believe that the conjecture cannot be resolved by elementary means. Which brings me to my question: What techniques/machinery from ...
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What is the importance of the Collatz conjecture?

I have been fascinated by this problem since I first heard about it in high school. From the Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collatz_problem: Take any natural number $n$. If $n$ is ...