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The average denominator of the continued fraction expansion of $\pi$.

I was interested in the long term behavior of continued fraction denominators, so I plotted the average of the first $n$ terms in the continued fraction expansion of $\pi$ as a function of $n$ and got ...
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Are all numbers that have a non-repeating, non-terminating continued fraction sequence transcendental? [duplicate]

(By continued fraction sequence, I'm specifically talking about the one kind where the numerator of every fraction is 1.) As a kid in middle school, I learned that all irrational numbers have ...
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Continued fractions for $\sqrt{x} $ and beyond, valid formula?

For $x > 0$, is this trick valid? I use $$ ( \sqrt{x}-1)(\sqrt{x}+1)=x-1 $$ then $$ \sqrt{x}+1 = \frac{x-1}{\sqrt{x}+1-2} $$ so I can use iterations to get the rational approximant $$ \sqrt{x} ...
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Continued fractions with $n$ layers

Solve the equation $$x=2+\dfrac1{2+\dfrac1{...2+\dfrac1{2+\dfrac1x}}}$$ Where there are n layers in the fraction
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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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Continued fraction proof from matrix form

By using the definition $$\pmatrix{p_n&p_{n-1}\\q_n&q_{n-1}} = \pmatrix{a_0&1\\1&0} \pmatrix{a_1&1\\1&0} \cdots \pmatrix{a_n&1\\1&0}$$ I need to show that $p_n/q_n$ is ...
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Continued fractions help

I'm trying to learn how to express a square root as continued fraction, but I can't get one thing. The following example of $\sqrt{14}$ is from this page (click the image to see it at full size): ...
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Can every transcendental number be expressed as an infinite continued fraction?

Every infinite continued fraction is irrational. But can every number, in particular those that are not the root of a polynomial with rational coefficients, be expressed as a continued fraction?
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Properties of a continued fraction convolution operation

Usually the partial numerators of a continued fraction are all 1s. Has anyone considered the operation where you convolve 1 continued fraction with another, in other words, make a new continued ...
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Continued Fractions periodicity and convolution.

Continued fractions for rationals terminate, for transcendentals like pi, they do not terminate and for irrationals (but non transcendentals) they repeat -- is this correct?
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Is it possible to define a zero-set of $X$ to be the zero-set of some $f\in C^{*}(X)$?

It is possible to define a cozero-set of $X$ to be the cozero-set of some $f\in C^{*}(X)$, in fact; Every cozero-set in $X$ is the cozero-set of a function taking values in $[0, 1]$. $proof$: ...
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Applications of hypergeometric continued fractions

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gauss%27s_continued_fraction Using a technique due to Gauss a lot of special functions can be expressed as continued fractions. What applications of this are there ...
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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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Using Maple for continued fraction expansions

I can find the continued fraction expansion of a value using Maple. Is there a simple way for finding the sequence of convergents (approximants) of the continued fraction expansion in Maple? Currently ...
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How do I determine appropriate rational approximations to a sum of square roots in order to bound the error accumulation?

I have two numbers, $A$ and $B$, that are sums of integer multiples of a set of square roots of small primes (and 1) and their products: $A = a_0 + a_1\sqrt 2 + a_2\sqrt 3 + a_3\sqrt 5 + a_4\sqrt 6 + ...
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Request for a proof of the following continued-fraction identity

I have been poring over many texts about continued fractions, but none of them seem to be helping me to prove the following beautiful continued-fraction identity (I am nowhere close): $$ ...
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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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Faster arithmetic with finite continued fractions

I was curious about different representations of rational numbers and came across the finite continued fraction (see wp:Finite_continued_fractions ). Note: I will refer to traditional rational ...
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General Continued Fractions and Irrationality

A while back I came across a result about non-simple continued fractions that allows proving that some numbers are irrational. The result in modern terminology is: If, in the continued fraction ...
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A lower bound for continued fraction approximation.

It is known that, for a continued fraction expansion of an irrational $\alpha$ we have that: $$ \left| \alpha - \frac{p_n}{q_n} \right| = (\alpha_{n+1}q_n^2 + q_nq_{n-1})^{-1} $$ Show that the ...
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Continued fractions with rational functions

Express the following rational function in continued-fraction form: $${4x^2+3x-7\over 2x^3+x^2-x+5}$$ The answer is : $${4 \over 2x- \frac{1}{2}} + { \frac{23}{8} \over ...
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Continued Fractions Approximation

I have come across continued fractions approximation but I am unsure what the steps are. For example How would you express the following rational function in continued-fraction form: $${x^2+3x+2 ...
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Proof of a Continued Fraction Identity using basic CF definition.

Two definitions (the first is informal) of continued fraction: This is the basic Continued Fraction algorithm for real numbers. Let $\alpha \in \mathbb{R}$. If $[\alpha]=\alpha$, then we are done. ...
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Calculate the continued fraction of square root

I was having difficulty understanding the algorithm to calculate Continued fraction expansion of square root. I know the process is about extracting the integer part in repeat and maintaining the ...
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Continued fractions proof?

Let $b_1=1$ and $$b_n=1+\frac{1}{1+b_{n-1}}$$ for $n\ge 2$. Note that $b_n \ge 1$ for all $n$ in $\mathbb N$. ($\mathbb N$ represents the positive integers) Show that $b_{2k-1}^2<2$ for all $k ...
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Approximating $\arctan x$ for large $|x|$

I would like to know if there is reasonably fast converging method for computing large arguments of arctan. Until now I've came across Taylor series that converges only on interval $(-1,1)$ and for ...
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A question about continued fractions and Gauss map

For $\alpha \in (0,1)$, write $\alpha$ as a continued fraction like $\alpha=[a_1, a_2, \ldots]$ (note that the implicit $0$th coefficient $a_0=0$ has been omitted), and let $\frac{p_n}{q_n}$ be the ...
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continued fraction multivariate normal distribution?

After searching for a while, I wonder if a continued fraction representation exists for the multivariate Mills ratio $P(Z \geq x)/\phi_Z(x)$ where $Z \tilde\, N(\mu,\Sigma)$. The representation ...
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How do I solve a Continued Fraction of solution to quadratic equation?

I know that it is possible to make a CF (continued fraction) for every number that is a solution of a quadratic equation but I don't know how. The number I'd like to write as a CF is: $$\frac{1 - ...
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Uniqueness of continued fraction representation of rational numbers

I have problems proving the uniqueness of simple continued fraction representation of rational numbers as claimed in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continued_fraction#Finite_continued_fractions. Let ...
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continued fraction to rational polynomial in maple?

In maple is there a way to convert a continued fraction into a rational polynomial? I'm using the minimax function and for a particular function I want to approximate it returns a continued fraction ...
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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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Is the continued fraction of the square root of a base $\phi$ (golden ratio) number periodic when the continued fraction is expressed in base $\phi$?

I have been looking at concise ways to represent irrational numbers using only integers. I was thinking about base $\phi$ (golden ratio base) and how it can represent the quadratic extension of the ...
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Why is this set of continued fractions perfect?

Would somebody please explain why the set of continued fractions in this answer http://math.stackexchange.com/a/1067/20873 i.e. "the set of all irrationals with continued fractions consisting only ...
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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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Are there simple algebraic operations for continued fractions?

I thought about continued fractions as a cool way to represent numbers, but also about the fact they are difficult to treat because standard algebraic operations like addition and multiplication don't ...
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finding the rational number which the continued fraction $[1;1,2,1,1,2,\ldots]$ represents

I'd really love your help with finding the rational number which the continued fraction $[1;1,2,1,1,2,\ldots]$ represents. With the recursion for continued fraction $( p_0=a_0, q_0=1, p_{-1}=1, ...
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Continued fraction question

I have been given an continued fraction for a number x: $$x = 1+\frac{1}{1+}\frac{1}{1+}\frac{1}{1+}\cdots$$ How can I show that $x = 1 + \frac{1}{x}$? I played around some with the first few ...
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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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Finding a closed expression for a calculated value.

Sometimes, when getting some numerical results when investigating number theory sequences with a computer, I find myself suspecting that a decimal value ($a$) I have found might be a quadratic ...
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How are continued fractions useful?

On Wolfram Alpha, I see continued fractions being listed in the results. Although I understand continued fractions, and how they can be used for approximations, what is a better approximation than a ...
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What was Ramanujan's solution?

The wikipedia entry on Ramanujan contains the following passage: One of his remarkable capabilities was the rapid solution for problems. He was sharing a room with P. C. Mahalanobis who had a ...
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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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finding the quadratic irratonality of simple continued fractions

For instance: find the quadratic irrationality of the simple continued fraction [1;2,3]. I have a handful of these problems to do, so any walk-through of one problem should give me the general idea ...
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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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If $x=[a_0;a_1,a_2,\dots]$, then $|x-C_k|<1/a_k^{\text{}}q_k^2$.

How can I show that if $x=[a_0;a_1,a_2,\dots]$, then $|x-C_k|<1/a_k^{\text{}}q_k^2$ using the facts that $$\begin{align} C_k-C_{k-1}&=\frac{(-1)^{k-1}}{q_kq_{k-1}}\text{, and}\\ ...
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Equivalence of Two Different Irrational Numbers

If $\alpha$ and $\beta$ are two real numbers, we say that $\beta$ is equivalent to $\alpha$ if there are integers $a$, $b$, $c$, and $d$ such that $ad-bc=\pm1$ and $\beta=\frac{a\alpha+b}{c\alpha+d}$. ...
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Continued Fractions Convergents $C_k-C_{k-3}$

Derive a formula for $C_k-C_{k-3}$ in terms of partial quotients $a_k$ and nominal denominators $q_k$. Recall that $$C_k=\frac{p_k}{q_k}$$ where $$\begin{matrix} \begin{align} p_0&=a_0 & ...
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All Even-Numbered Convergents of a Finite Continued Fraction Are Less Than the Value

Let $x=[a_0;a_1,a_2]$ be shorthand notation for the continued fraction $$x=a_0+\frac{1}{a_1+\frac{1}{a_2}}.$$ Then every $x\in\mathbb{Q}$ can be represented as a finite continued fraction ...
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How can I find power series of $f(x)$?

$$f(x)=\dfrac{1}{1+\dfrac{x}{1+\dfrac{x^2}{1+\dfrac{x^3}{1+\dfrac{x^4}{\ddots}}}}}$$ How can a power series be found given the continued fraction $f(x)$? I'm trying to find $f(x) ...