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Name/properties of a difference of continuants

Suppose that $q_1$, $\ldots$, $q_s$ is a sequence of positive integers. Denote by $[q_1, \ldots, q_s]$ the numerator (in lowest terms) of the rational number represented by the continued fraction $$ ...
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Continued fraction expansion of Pi (oeis A001203). [duplicate]

I would like to understand how you get the numbers $$3+\frac{1}{7+\frac{1}{15+\frac{1}{1+\frac{1}{292+...}}}}$$ i.e. $\{3,7,15,1,292,...\}$ (A001203). In the comments of A046965 is explained a method ...
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Using continued fractions to well-approximate a quadratic form?

Continued fractions are the "best rational approximation" of other numbers. For a real number $\alpha$ the continued fraction algorithm produces a sequence of integers $\alpha = [a_1, a_2, \dots, ...
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How to prove this determinant is $\pi$?

prove or disprove $$\pi=\begin{vmatrix} 3&1&0&0&0&\cdots\\ -1&6&1&0&0&\cdots\\ 0&-1&\dfrac{6}{3^2}&1&0&\cdots\\ ...
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Is $\{1,1,2,3,4,5,\cdots,i,\cdots \} $ the simple continued fraction algebraic or transcendental?

Is $$1+\cfrac{1}{1+\cfrac{1}{2+\cdots}} $$ or$\{1,1,2,3,4,5,\cdots,i,\cdots \} , i\in \mathbb{N}$ the simple continued fraction algebraic or transcendental? Any reference is appreciated EDIT and ...
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Any upper bound for $a_i$ in $\gamma =\{a_0,a_1,\dots,a_i,\dots\}$ the simple continued fraction expansion of real positive algebraic numbers?

Are there any upper bound for $a_i$ in $\gamma =\{a_0,a_1,\dots,a_i,\dots\}$ the simple continued fraction expansion of real positive algebraic numbers?
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Upward continued fractions

Has anybody seen "upward continued fractions", such as $$ \frac{1+\large{\frac{1+\large{\frac{1+...}{a_2}}}{a_1}}}{a_0} \quad? $$ These can be formed, for any real number $x$ with $0<x\le 1$, by ...
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Semi-convergent of continued fractions

I have read this from here The simple continued fraction for $x$ generates all of the best rational approximations for $x$ according to three rules: Truncate the continued fraction, and ...
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Continued fraction and classification of real numbers.

I would be grateful if anyone can tell if there are any methods to classify real numbers using continued fraction. eg: Suppose $[a_0;a_1,a_2,\ldots,a_n]$ is the representation of some real number ...
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A weak inequality than Hurwitz

How can i prove that among any two consecuent convergents to x, al least one of the satisfy $|x-h_{n}/k_{n}|$ $< 1/2k_{n}^2$ I know, by the Thoerem of Hurwitz, that among any three consecutive ...
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About an rational aproximation to an irrational

How to show that if $x$ is an irrational number, then $x= a_{0} + \sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac{(-1)^n}{k_{n}k_{n+1}}$ where the $k_{n}$ are the denominators of the $n$th convergents to $x$? Maybe a ...
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Summing up numbers from the continued fraction of $e ^ \pi$ and $\pi ^e$

I don't remember it well ,but it was around 5-6 years ago , I was 8 and I had found this new interest - continued fractions .I used to play with their terms sum them up and thought of getting ...
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Continued fraction proof

I am really confused about the proof of this theorem: For any continued fraction, $$q_n\alpha - p_n = \frac{(-1)^n}{\alpha_{n+1}q_n + q_{n-1}}$$ I got the base induction case for $n=0$ but I can't ...
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Rational aproximations of golden ratio

I read a blogpost that mentions that for golden ratio, the sets of best rational approximations of the first kind and the second kind are the same. Is this true? If so, why? Are there other numbers ...
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Question in fraction (not simple )

I have a question and its answer but I don't know how can i solve $$\frac {37}{13} = 2+ \frac {1}{x+\frac{1}{5+\frac{1}{y}}} $$ the answer $ x =1, y=2$ Could any one explain how to solve this ?? ...
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Updated:Sum of entries in continued fraction of $\sqrt d$ and $\sqrt{d}-\lfloor \sqrt{d}\rfloor$ equals (divides) $d$.

(1)I noted as a joke in class, for $\sqrt{13}$ which has continued fraction expansion $[3;\overline{1,1,1,1,6}]$ that $3+1+1+1+1+6=13$. Another eg. $\sqrt{22}=[4;\overline{{1,2,4,2,1,8}}]$, as ...
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What's the value of $n+\cfrac{n}{n+\cfrac{n}{n+\cfrac{n}{\vdots}}}$ for $n\in\mathbb{C}$?

Write $$\phi_n\stackrel{(1)}{=}n+\cfrac{n}{n+\cfrac{n}{\vdots}}$$ so that $\phi_n=n+\frac{n}{\phi_n},$ which gives $\phi_n=\frac{n\pm\sqrt{n^2+4n}}{2}.$ We know $\phi_1=\phi$, the Golden Ratio, so ...
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Riemann's zeta as a continued fraction over prime numbers.

Riemann's zeta function is a function with many faces, I mean representations. I recently derived this one, bellow, as a continued fraction over prime numbers. $$ \zeta(s)=1 ...
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Reconstruct a quadratic irrational from its periodic continued fraction

How can one find a quadratic irrational when knowing its periodic continued fraction? For example(using Wikipedia notion), how can one find the quadratic irrational that its continued fraction is ...
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Proof of a striking identity of Tito Piezas III

In the q series blog of Tito Piezas here . He gives a very striking relation I am wondering on how to prove that ?
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Solve the equation $285x \equiv 177 \pmod{924}$ using continued fraction

Solve the equation $285x \equiv 177 \pmod{924}$ using continued fraction My attempt(using Wikipedia notion): Continued fraction form for $\frac{924}{285}$ is $[3;4,6,1,9]=[q_1;q_2,q_3,q_4,q_5]$ ...
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uniform spanning tree of $2 \times n$ graph

In Probability on Trees and Networks Chapter 1 study the uniform spanning tree on the ladder graph: _ |_| |_| |_| ... |_| |_| The probability the bottom rung ...
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Is this a bounded sequence ? (about continued fraction)

Represent $\sqrt{2}$ in the form $$\sqrt{2}=1+\frac{8}{A_1+\displaystyle\frac{8}{A_2+\displaystyle\frac{8}{A_3+\ddots}}},$$ where $A_n$ is a positive integer and $A_n \geq 8$ for all $n$. So we have ...
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Number made from the first digits of $2^n$

Consider the number c made from the first digits of $2^n$. To be more precise, the n-th decimal digit of c is the first digit of $2^n$. The first digits from c are : ...
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How to prove continued fraction convergents of a number

Let $x=1+\sqrt{3}$. Prove that in pairs the continued fraction convergents of $x$ are $a_n$/$b_n$ < x < $c_n$/$d_n$ where $a_1$ = 2, $b_1$ = 1, $c_1$ = 3, $d_1$ = 1, $a_{n+1}$ = 2$c_n$ + $a_n$, ...
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Prove that for $n\ge1$, $\xi-\frac{h_n}{k_n}=(-1)^nk_n^{-2}\left(\xi_{n+1}+\langle 0,a_n,a_{n-1},…,a_2,a_1\rangle\right)^{-1}$

Prove that for $n\ge1$, $$\xi-\frac{h_n}{k_n}=(-1)^nk_n^{-2}\left(\xi_{n+1}+\langle 0,a_n,a_{n-1},...,a_2,a_1\rangle\right)^{-1}$$ In addition, show that ...
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Interesting continued fraction problem $|r_i-u_0/u_1|\le\frac1{k_ik_{i+1}}$

Let $u_0/u_1$ be a rational number in lowest terms, and write $u_0/u_1=\langle a_0, a_1,...,a_n\rangle$ in standard continued fraction notation. Show that if $0\le i<n$, then ...
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How to restrict the output values of a continued fraction?

I understand that a continued fraction of the form: $g(n_1,n_2,n_3,n_4,n_5,\ldots)= n_1 + \cfrac{1}{n_2 + \cfrac{1}{n_3 + \cfrac{1}{n_4 + \cfrac{1}{n_5+\cdots} } } }$ gives a unique irrational number ...
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Infinite continued fraction expansion

How can we find the first six partial quotients of the infinite continued fraction expansion of $\sqrt[3]2$? I know how to do this by expanding when we have a square root function... but I"m not sure ...
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Pell's Equation through Continued Fractions

Use continued fractions to find the minimal solution to $x^2-11y^2=1$. I know that $\sqrt{11}=3+\frac{1}{3+\frac{1}{6+\frac{1}{3+...}}}$ I took $\sqrt{11}=3+\frac{1}{3+\frac{1}{6+\sqrt{11}}}$ and I ...
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Intermediate convergents of a continued fraction.

I have been studying continued fractions and convergent's properties, and i have a questions about "intermediate convergents" I have read that the expression of the intermediate convergents (those ...
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About continued fractions as best rational approximations

I'm reading this notes about continued fractions: http://www.math.jacobs-university.de/timorin/PM/continued_fractions.pdf I had no problems understanding everything there, except one thing that has ...
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Continued fraction with prime reciprocal entries

We know that the reciprocals of the primes form a divergent series. We also know that a necessary and sufficient condition for a continued fraction to converge is that its entries diverge as a series. ...
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Inequality related to the continued fraction expansion of sqrt(3)

I am working on a problem related to the continued fraction expansion of $\sqrt3$. If $p_k$ and $q_k$ denote the numerator and denominator, respectively, of the $k$th convergent, I should show that ...
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Reference for relation between class number of $\Bbb Q[\sqrt{-p}]$ and partial quotients of $\sqrt p$

So in Ireland and Rosen's, "Classical Introduction to Modern Number Theory", they mention the following incredible fact at the end of Chapter 13, section 1. Suppose $p \neq 3$ and $p \equiv 3 \pmod 4$ ...
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Pell-like equations and continued fractions

Why does the continued fraction method work? Could be applied in order to solve, for example, $x^{17}-19y^{17}=1$ ?
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A numerical coincidence with continued fractions

My brother built a garage that measures 45 feet by 30 feet. To make sure the right angles were accurate, he measured the two diagonals of the rectangle to see that they were equal. In inches, $$ ...
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By establishing a recurrence relation and using induction, or other-wise, show that this sequence is 3-adically Cauchy?

this is a question from a book I'm struggling with, please could you provide a clear proof Consider the sequence of rational numbers $a_1 = 1+3,a_2 = 1+\frac{3}{1+3},a_3= 1 + \cfrac{3}{1 ...
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Continued Fraction [1,1,1,…]

If the continued fractional representation of an irrational number $\alpha$ is given by [1,1,1,...], I can compute that $\alpha = \frac{1+\sqrt{5}}{2}$ by solving the equation $\alpha = 1+ ...
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How to do a very long division: continued fraction for tan

I want to compute $$\tan(r) = \cfrac{r}{1 - \cfrac{r^2}{3 - \cfrac{r^2}{5 - \cfrac{r^2}{7 - {}\ddots}}}}$$ by dividing the power series for sin and cos as it is said can be done in ...
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Continued fraction of a square root

If I want to find the continued fraction of $\sqrt{n}$ how do I know which number to use for $a_0$? Is there a way to do it without using a calculator or anything like that? What's the general ...
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optimality of 2 in a continued fraction theorem

I'm giving some lectures on continued fractions to high school and college students, and I discussed the standard theorem that, for a real number $\alpha$ and integers $p$ and $q$ with $q \not= 0$, if ...
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Convergent fraction for constant $e$?

I've just learned about e. I am very much the novice and my problem is that while trying to calculate the convergent fractions for e. For instance: ...
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Solution to $x=1+\frac{1}{1+\frac{1}{1+\frac{1}{1+\ldots}}}$ [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does this process, when iterated, tend towards a certain number? (the golden ratio?) Please post your favorit solution to the following Compute ...
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A new continued fraction for Apéry's constant, $\zeta(3)$?

As a background, Ramanujan also gave a continued fraction for $\zeta(3)$ as $\zeta(3) = 1+\cfrac{1}{u_1+\cfrac{1^3}{1+\cfrac{1^3}{u_2+\cfrac{2^3}{1+\cfrac{2^3}{u_3 + \ddots}}}}}\tag{1}$ where the ...
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Continued fractions

I'd really love with concluding that for given integers $a_0,a_1,...a_N$ with $a_i>0$ for $i>0$, representing the continued fraction $[a_0; a_1,....,a_N]$, with the following recursion: ...
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Direct proof that for a prime $p$ if $p\equiv 1 \bmod 4$ then $l(\sqrt{p})$ is odd.

Definition: Assume $p$ is a prime. $l(\sqrt{p})=$ length of period in simple continued fraction expansion of $\sqrt{p}$. The standard proof of this uses the following: $p$ is a prime implies $p ...
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Continued Fraction: Why do we get with $\gamma \in \mathbb{R}\setminus \mathbb{Q}$ the CF $\frac{1}{\gamma}=\langle0;a_0,a_1,\dotsc\rangle$

I have a question concerning continued fractions: If we have $\gamma \in \mathbb{R} \setminus \mathbb{Q}$ and $\gamma=\langle a_0;a_1,a_2,\dotsc\rangle$. Why do we get $$\frac1\gamma = \langle ...
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Reciprocal of a continued fraction

I have to prove the following: Let $\alpha=[a_0;a_1,a_2,...,a_n]$ and $\alpha>0$, then $\dfrac1{\alpha}=[0;a_0,a_1,...,a_n]$ I started with ...
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Show $p(n)=n(p_{n-1}+p_{n-2})+(n-1)p_{n-3}+(n-2)p_{n-4}+…+3p_1+2p_0+2$

I have to show the following: Let $N_k=\frac{p_k}{q_k}$ with $\alpha=\langle 1;2,3,4,...,n,n+1\rangle$ and $n \in \mathbb{N}$. Then $\forall n \in \mathbb{N}$ with $n\geq 3$, ...