Dynamics of the iterated map $n \to 3n+1$ if $n$ is odd and $n \to \frac n2 $ if $n$ is even. Generalizations to $n \to 3n-1 $ or $ n \to 5n+1$ or even to $n \to pn+q$ . Other names are "$3x+1$-problem","syracuse problem". If you have a question, please be specific to your detail. MSE is not ...

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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 ...
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The $5n+1$ Problem

The Collatz Conjecture is a famous conjecture in mathematics that has lasted for over 70 years. It goes as follows: Define $f(n)$ to be as a function on the natural numbers by: $f(n) = n/2$ if $n$ ...
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Divisibility of $2^n - 1$ by $2^{m+n} - 3^m$.

For what values of $m,n$ natural, do $2^n - 1$ is divisible by $2^{m+n} - 3^m$? Thank you very much.
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Is it possible to describe the Collatz function in one formula?

This is related to Collatz sequence, which is that $$C(n) = \begin{cases} n/2 &\text{if } n \equiv 0 \pmod{2}\\ 3n+1 & \text{if } n\equiv 1 \pmod{2} .\end{cases}$$ Is it possible to describe ...
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Is Collatz' conjecture the only stable solution of its type?

The Collatz Conjecture is well known with the sequence $$f(n) = \begin{cases} n/2 &;\text{if } n \equiv 0 \pmod{2}\\ k\,n+1 &; \text{if } n\equiv 1 \pmod{2} \end{cases}$$ and $k=3$; the ...
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Generalizations of the Collatz to $(mx \pm 1)/2$ for $m=181$ gives two nontrivial cycles; are more examples $m$ known?

Generalizing the Collatz $T_{3,+}(n) = \left\{ \begin{array} {cl} {3n+1 \over 2} & \text{ when } n=2k+1 \\ \frac n{2^B} & \text{with maximal } B \gt 0 \text{ where } 2^B | n \end{array} ...
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Converse of Collatz Conjecture

How to write a pseudocode program that halts only if the Collatz Conjecture is false. Thanks much in advance!!!
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Thoughts on the Collatz conjecture; integers added to powers of 2

I've had a thought about the Collatz conjecture (the 3n+1 problem). Suppose some number, C, diverges under the iteration. We first note that C must be odd because if C were even it would be halved ...
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About Collatz 3n+3?

While trying to prove the Collatz conjecture I came across the following Lemma : Lemma $1$ : All variables are positive integers. Define $Collatz(n)$ as the result of the (repeated) collatz ...
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Why is $3$ the multiplicative coefficient in the Collatz conjecture?

What's the importance of multiplying an odd number by $3$ and adding $1$, instead of just adding $1$? After all, if you add $1$ to an odd number then it turns into an even number. Here is a example ...
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Required reading on the Collatz Conjecture

I am currently writing a paper on 3x+1 and realized that despite having enough knowledge to work on a singular facet of the problem I lack a more broad understanding of the problem. I have seen the ...
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Could this odd insight help explain part of the difficulty in proving the Collatz Conjecture?

Background: Here's a crash course on the Collatz Conjecture. Basically, you take a number and if it is even you divide it by two. If a number is odd, you multiply it by three and then add one. You ...
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What is known about Collatz like 3n + k?

I wonder what is known about variations of Collatz where $3n+1$ is replaced by $3n + 2k + 1$ where k is a fixed positive integer. In the OP ' about Collatz $3n+3$ ' it was confirmed that $3n+3$ ...
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Longest known sequence of identical consecutive Collatz sequence lengths?

I've just written a simple java program to print out the length of a Collatz sequence, and found something I find remarkable: Consecutive sequences of identical Collatz sequence lengths. Here is some ...
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Is the 3x+1 problem solved? [closed]

I found an article by Peter Schorer from June 29,2015 which is claming to give a solution of the 3x+1 problem. Are there remarks from any mathematicians if this is correct or not?
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What is the simplest collatz like problem that is undecidable?

I have read that problems resemblings collatz have been shown to be undecidable. Conway proved that apparantly but Im not sure if the proof was constructive. So I wonder : What is the simplest ...
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How can I prove that an iterated transformation describes all odd integers?

This is a question where I want to find "a best" way (or even different ways) to prove my assumption - just to widen my understanding of similar problems and how to approach them. It's a question of ...
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Partitions of the odd integers

Understanding the nature of the odd integers is a necessity to prepare oneself to work on the unsolved problems in number theory, such as the Collatz $3n+1$ problem. I hope to demonstrate how the ...
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Diophantine equation $3^{m}x+3^{m}-3^{m-i} 2^{i} +3^{m-i} 2^{i+s} -2^{m+s}=x 2^{m+s}$

As part of my research and my calculations I got the following diophantine equation. I do not have much experience with the diophantine equation. Is there any known method to solve it? Any help is ...
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(Collatz) Modulo 18 Partitions of Collatz 3n+1 Trajectories

I have examined partial Collatz 3n+1 trajectories going from one odd integer to the next. These lead to an infinite number of repeated patterns where the "next" odd integer is congruent to one of ...
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What do these contour maps tell me about my Collatz expression?

I tested this limit on WolframAlpha, $$ \lim_{t\to\infty}\frac {2\ 3^r (2 t - 1) - 6} {3\ 2^r (2 t - 1) - 6}=\left(\frac{3}{2}\right)^{r-1},$$ which displayed two contour maps: . Can ...
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A general question about the Collatz Conjecture and finding that integer that doesn't work

I apologize if this question gets down-voted ahead of time. I've been working on the Collatz Conjecture all day with Python, because that is the language I'm most familiar with (I'm not a CS student, ...
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Collatz conjecture: Largest number in sequence with starting number n

This question is inspired by a CS course, and it only tangentially relates to the actual content of the exercise. Say in a hailstone sequence (Collatz conjecture) you start with a number n. For any ...
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What to do with Collatz proof? [closed]

I have discovered a proof solving the Collatz problem, and I have no idea what to do with it. Given the nature of the topic, all the experts I've found that are capable of reviewing the paper ...