A is an expression obtained through an iterative process of representing a number as the sum of its integer part and the reciprocal of another number.

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Are there any real (especially irrational) numbers whose decimal expansion and continued fraction are the same?

If a number with more than one digit occurs in the fraction, it should be expanded to as many digits in the expansion. I will be even more impressed, however, if the fraction consists entirely of ...
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History Question on Continued Fractions

I worked out the periodicity of some infinite continued fractions last night by hand. (Don't ask me why)For example, $\sqrt{13}= [3,1,1,1,1,6,1,1,1,1,6,\ldots]$. Last night I worked out the first ...
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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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Finding the value of a continued fraction?

I know how to calculate the exact value for continued fractions such as $$1+\cfrac{1}{1+\cfrac{1}{1+\cfrac{1}{\ddots}}}=\frac{1+\sqrt{5}}{2}$$ However, is it possible to find the value of continued ...
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Mistake in Khinchin's “Continued Fractions”

I am reading Khinchin's Continued Fractions page 10. $\lbrack a_1;a_2,a_3\ldots\rbrack$ is a continued fraction and $q_k$ is given by $q_k=a_kq_{k-1}+q_{k-2}$. Suppose $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}a_n$ ...
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Continued fraction for $\tan(nx)$

I found this beautiful continued fraction expansion of $\tan(nx)$, $n$ being a positive integer, online but I don't remember the source now: $\displaystyle \tan(nx) = \cfrac{n\tan x}{1 -\cfrac{(n^{2} ...
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Continued Fractional representation of irrational numbers [duplicate]

I know that any rational number can be expressed as a continued fraction, but what about irrational numbers? For example, what is the continued fractional representation of Pi, or e for that matter? ...
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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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Solving for $x$: $1=\frac{1}{x}+\frac{1}{1+\frac{1}{x}}+\frac{1}{1+\frac{1}{1+\frac{1}{x}}}+\cdots$

How can I solve for $x$: $$1=\cfrac{1}{x}+\cfrac{1}{1+\cfrac{1}{x}}+\cfrac{1}{1+\cfrac{1}{1+\cfrac{1}{x}}}+\cdots$$ Any clues?
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Continued fraction fallacy: $1=2$

It's easy to check that for any natural $n$ $$\frac{n+1}{n}=\cfrac{1}{2-\cfrac{n+2}{n+1}}.$$ Now, ...
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Finding an upper bound on a fraction

$0<\varepsilon <1$. If $n_k$ and $a_k$ are positive integers for which $$n_{k+1}=a_{k+1}n_k+n_{k-1}$$ Let $L\in\mathbb{N}.$ If $L>a_k \ge 3$, what's the smallest upper bound I can place on ...
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Bounded partial quotients set is nowhere dense

I've stumbled upon a claim that the set: $$ B_N = \{[a_0;a_1,a_2,...] | \exists n_0 >0\forall n\geq n_0 a_n<N\} $$ for some $N$, is nowhere dense (and closed). Unfortunately, I have found that ...
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Why are continued fractions for irrational numbers always convergent?

Like in the title: Why are continued fractions for irrational numbers (i.e. infinite fractions) always convergent?
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Non-Recursive Fundamental Recurrence Formulas

Is there a non-recursive version of the fundamental recurrence formulas for continued fractions? I am trying to compute $A_{1000}$, and it is taking me an extremely long time. By the way, I am ...
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Eigenvalues of a tridiagonal trigonometric matrix

Let $A$ be the diagonal matrix w/alternating in sign diagonal entries: $$ A = \begin{pmatrix} (-1)^{n-1} \tan\left(\frac{\pi}{2n+1}\right) & 0 & 0 & \ldots & 0 \\ 0 & ...
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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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continued fraction

$[a_0,a_1,a_2,\cdots,a_n]:=1/(a_0 + 1/(a_1 + 1/(a_2 + \cdots + 1/(a_n)\cdots )))$ I am so curious that what is the shape of $ f_n(x) $ such that $$ \sum_{n \geq 0} f_n(x) y^n = [-y,1] +[-y,y,1]x + ...
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A trigonometric identity for special angles

Prove that for a natural number $n$, $$\prod_{k=1}^n \tan\left(\frac{k\pi}{2n+1}\right) = 2^n \prod_{k=1}^n \sin\left(\frac{k\pi}{2n+1}\right)=\sqrt{2n+1}.$$
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Cantor set as a set of continued fractions?

Does the classical cantor set have a nice description as a set of continued fractions? I made a (superficial) search and didn’t find anything, but I’m very tired right now, so please forgive me that ...
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Limit of a continued fraction

Given the continued fraction: $$f(x,N)=\left[2,3,4,...N,x\right]$$ $$f(x,N)=\cfrac{1}{2+\cfrac{1}{3+\cfrac{1}{4+\cfrac{1}{...+\cfrac{1}{x}}}}}$$ is it possible to find an expression for the integral: ...
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Solve $\dfrac{1}{1+\frac{1}{1+\ddots}}$

I'm currently a high school junior enrolling in AP Calculus, I found this website that's full of "math geeks" and I hope you can give me some clues on how to solve this problem. I'm pretty desperate ...
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Continued fraction expansion related to exponential generating function

A recent SciComp.SE Question motivates us to ask for a nice continued fraction expansion of the following Maclaurin series: $$ f(x) = \sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{B_n\; x^{n+3}}{n! (n+3)} = \int_0^x ...
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Continued fraction for $\sqrt{14}$

I'm referencing this page: An Introduction to the Continued Fraction, where they explain the algebraic method of solving the square root of $14$. $$\sqrt{14} = 3 + \frac1x$$ So, $x_0 = 3$, Solving ...
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For which $a$ is $n\lfloor a\rfloor+1\le \lfloor na\rfloor$ true for all sufficiently large $n$?

Inspired by this question I ask this. For which $a$ is $n\lfloor a\rfloor+1\le \lfloor na\rfloor$ true for all sufficiently large $n$? The original question concerned $a=e$, the usual ...
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How do I calculate the 2nd term of continued fraction for the power tower ${^5}e=e^{e^{e^{e^{e}}}}$

I need to find the 2nd term of continued fraction for the power tower ${^5}e=e^{e^{e^{e^{e}}}}$ ( i.e. $\lfloor\{e^{e^{e^{e^{e}}}}\}^{-1}\rfloor$), or even higher towers. The number is too big to ...
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Evaluation of a slow continued fraction

Puzzle question... I know how to solve it, and will post my solution if needed; but those who wish may participate in the spirit of coming up with elegant solutions rather than trying to teach me how ...
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Finding near-integers in a range

I have a (transcendental) constant $\alpha$ and a fixed parameter $\varepsilon>0.$ I'd like to find all positive integers $n<\ell$ for which $\|n\alpha\|<\varepsilon,$ where $\|x\|$ is the ...
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Defining piecewise summation of continued fractions and rationality of sums

Let $a=[a_1,a_2\dots]$ and $b=[b_1,b_2\dots]$ be two real numbers and their continued fraction representations. They may be infinite or finite. Let us define a thing $+^*$ so that ...
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Baire space homeomorphic to irrationals

I try to show that the Baire space $\Bbb N^{\Bbb N}$, with regular product metric, is homeomorphic to the unit interval of irrationals $(0,1)\setminus\Bbb Q$. I already know that the needed function ...
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How to deal with infinite continued fractions in formal language?

A continued fraction is an expression obtained through an iterative process of representing a number as the sum of its integer part and the reciprocal of another number, then writing this other number ...
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Evaluation of a continued fraction

Puzzle question... I know how to solve it, and will post my solution if needed; but those who wish may participate in the spirit of coming up with elegant solutions rather than trying to teach me how ...
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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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A question about $[c_0,c_1,\ldots,c_n]$ notation for continued fractions

I try to understand why by definition $[c_0,c_1,\ldots,c_n]=[c_0,[c_1,\ldots,c_n]]$ and also $[c_0,c_1,\ldots,c_n]=[c_0,c_1,\ldots,c_{n-2},[c_{n-1},c_n]]$ . Those are continued fractions, and ...
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Calculate an infinite continued fraction

Is there a way to algebraically determine the closed form of any infinite continued fraction with a particular pattern? For example, how would you determine the value of ...
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Algorithm For Continued Fraction of $\pi$ without error.

Is there an algorithm that will output the numbers in the continued fraction of $\pi$ without error? If one uses the usual method of calculating continued fractions, an approximation of $\pi$ is ...
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Nth number of continued fraction

Given a real number $r$ and a non-negative integer $n$, is there a way to accurately find the $n^{th}$ (with the integer being the $0^{th}$ number in the continued fraction. If this can not be done ...
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Project Euler Problem 65

I am working on solving Project Euler problem #65 and run upon the following statement: What is most surprising is that the important mathematical constant, e = [2; 1,2,1, 1,4,1, 1,6,1 , ... , ...
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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 ...