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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Infinite Continued Fraction Notation

I can't find anywhere via googling; is there some sort of $\sum$ like notation for infinite continued fractions? In other words, for a sum we do this: $$ 1+x+x^2+x^3+... = \sum_{n=0}^\infty x^n $$ ...
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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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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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Nested square root of continued fraction references

$$\sqrt {a_0 + \cfrac{b_1}{\sqrt{a_1 + \cfrac{b_2}{\sqrt{a_2 + \cfrac{b_3}{ \ddots }}}}}}$$ Are there any texts that explain how to deal with expressions like this?
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Find value of unending continued fraction

I am trying to find the limit if it exists for the following unending continued fraction: $$1+{1\over{2+{1\over2+{1\over{2+...}}}}}$$ I have discovered this is the continued fraction for $\sqrt2$, ...
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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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Different ways of operating an infinite continued fraction

Given the continued fraction below, $$ \cfrac{1}{\cfrac{1}{\cfrac{1}{\cdots}+\cfrac{1}{\cdots}}+\cfrac{1}{\cfrac{1}{\cdots}+\cfrac{1}{\cdots}}} $$ I wanted to know to which number it converged, so I ...
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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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Calculate an infinite continued fraction as special function

It is possible to convert this infinite continued fraction $\cfrac{1}{-a+\cfrac{b\;f(0)}{a+\cfrac{b\; f(1)}{-a+\cfrac{b\; f(2)}\ddots}}}$ to a special function ? Please, how do it? where : $(a,b) ...
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Value of $f'(0)$ if $f(x)=\frac{x}{1+\frac{x}{1+\frac{x}{1+\ddots}}}$

Consider the function $$f(x)=\cfrac{x}{1+\cfrac{x}{1+\cfrac{x}{1+\ddots}}} $$ Determine the value of $f'(0)$. I tried to differentiate $f(x)$ but it is not subject to chain rule, and now I'm stuck. ...
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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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Why is this finite continued fraction expression equal to $1$?

How find this value I use computer relsut is $1$, maybe this problem have the general relsut But How can prove this by hand? maybe have nice methods? Thank you
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Why is the coefficient in front of $\sqrt n$ always 1 in the intermediate terms for finding the continued fraction expansion of $\sqrt n$?

After playing around on paper for a bit, I came up with a short python generator to find the continued fraction expansion of $\sqrt n$. I understand why it gets the right answer when it gets an ...
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Is π unusually close to 7920/2521?

EDIT: One can look at a particular type of approximation to $\pi$ based on comparing radians to degrees. If you try to approximate $\pi$ by fractions of the form $180n/(360k+1)$, you can find that ...
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Finite Continued Fraction Proof

Let $\alpha = \left[a_0, a_1, a_2,\cdots,a_n\right]$ be a finite continued fraction with $a_0 > 0$ and let $C_i = p_i/q_i$ be the convergent of $\alpha$. If $i\ge 1$, prove that ...
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Prove an infinite periodic continued fraction converges?

I've been working through some problems in analysis to try and get a better grasp on the topic. One problem that I came across was the following: Choose $a_1,a_2,...,a_k \in \mathbb{Q}$ with $a_i ...
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What are the applications of continued fractions?

What is the most motivating way to introduce continued fractions? Are there any real life applications of continued fractions?
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Is this a misuse of the word “evaluate”?

I have found the following use of the word "evaluate" in several math books: "To evaluate the continued fraction, start at the bottom and work your way up:" $\huge \underbrace{2 + ...
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Continued fraction explanation

This is about simple infinite continued fraction. I don't understand the line '...then $C_0 < x < C_1$'. $C_k$ here refers to $C_k=[a_0;a_1,a_2,...,a_k]$ where $1 \leq k \leq n$. $C_o=a_0$. ...
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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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Continued fraction with alternative signs

Let $a_n$ be a sequence of real numbers. We can define a formal finite continued fraction as usual ...
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Convergent Sequence from Introduction to Analysis

Consider the sequence of real numbers $$\frac 12, \cfrac 1{2+\cfrac 1 2}, \cfrac 1{2+\cfrac 1{2+\cfrac 12}}, \ldots.$$ Show that this sequence is convergent and find its limit by first ...
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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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Short proof of Seidel-Stern theorem on continued fractions

Let $\mathbf{a}=\{a_n:n\ge0\}$ be a sequence of positive real numbers, and consider the formal continued fraction $$K(\mathbf{a})=a_1+\cfrac{1}{a_1+\cfrac{1}{a_2+\ddots.}}$$ Seidel-Stern Theorem. If ...
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Expressing $1+a_1(b_1+a_2(b_2+a_3(b_3+a_4(b_4+a_5(\cdots)))))$ as an infinite continued fraction.

Euler derived the following identity $$ 1+a_{1}+a_{1}a_{2}+a_{1}a_{2}a_{3}+\cdots= \cfrac{1}{ 1- \cfrac{a_{1}}{ 1+a_{1}- \cfrac{a_{2}}{ 1+a_{2}- \cfrac{a_{3}}{ ...
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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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Interesting Recursive Continued Fraction Limit

I was messing around with recursive functions the other day and came up with something that could be interesting: Definition of $\bar{\Xi}(n)$:\ Let $\Xi ...
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Continued fraction : How to find the first 3 terms

I can't calculate the exact first tree terms $F_0$, $F_1$ and $F_2$ of this continued fraction : $$F_n=\cfrac{1}{-\text{i$\omega $}\,+A\,\cfrac{(n+1)^2}{{4 (n+1)^2-1}}F_{n+1}}$$ $A$ and ...
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How to find value of $x+y+z+u+v+w$

let $x,y,z,u,v,w$ be positive integer numbers,and such $$1949(xyzuvw+xyzu+xyzw+xyvw+xuvw+zuvw+xy+xu+xw+zu+zw+vw+1)=2004(yzvw+yzu+yzw+uvw+y+u+w)$$ Find this value of $$x+y+z+u+v+w=?$$ My try: maybe ...
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Definition of $ 1 + \cfrac{1}{2+\cfrac{1}{3+\cfrac{1}{4+\cfrac{1}{\ddots}}}}$

Is there a definition of $ 1 + \cfrac{1}{2+\cfrac{1}{3+\cfrac{1}{4+\cfrac{1}{\ddots}}}}$? I am somewhat familiar with continued fractions; that is, I am aware that their convergence depends on whether ...
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Explanations of the Euler's continued fractions to compute exponential

After looking for explanations of the Euler's continued fractions to compute exponential on internet and after reading Euler's explanations about, I still don't understand how Euler find this ...
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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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Is the infinite continued fraction $[0;0,0,\ldots]=0$?

Wolfram|Alpha states that the infinite continued fraction $$\cfrac{1}{0+\cfrac{1}{0+\cdots}}=0.$$ Assuming $[0;0,0,\ldots]$ exists implies that the continued fraction is $1$, since ...
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Are continued fractions a mere curiosity?

Does algebraic geometry have a good understanding of continued fractions? What kind of geometric or arithmetic information does a continued fraction expansion contain, if any? Are there rings of ...
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How long should you descent in Stern-Brocot-Tree to get a fixed approximation guarantee?

I've read in Wikipedia: By stopping once the desired precision is reached, floating-point numbers can be approximated to arbitrary precision. If a real number x is approximated by any rational ...
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Can the number of digits in the denominator of a node in Stern-Brocot-Tree decrease in its children?

The Stern-Brocot-Tree looks like this: (image source files) It is an infinite binary tree that contains every positive rational number as exactly one node. The children of a node $\frac{a}{b}$ ...
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Why does this pattern fail (sometimes) for the continued fraction convergents of $\sqrt{2}$?

This is connected to my post on the continued fraction convergents of pi. Motivated by Calvin Lin's comment whether a similar pattern exists for other constants, I checked $\sqrt{2}$. Its convergents ...
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A strange “pattern” in the continued fraction convergents of pi?

From the simple continued fraction of $\pi$, one gets the convergents, $$p_n = \frac{3}{1}, \frac{22}{7}, \frac{333}{106}, \frac{355}{113}, \frac{103993}{33102}, \frac{104348}{33215}, ...
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Convergence of a sequence to a value and not another.

I was tinkering with the following equation and produced an infinite nested fraction: $$ (x-6)(x-3)=0 $$ $$ x^2-9x+18=0 $$ $$ x=9-\frac{18}{x} $$ $$ x=9-\frac{18}{9-\frac{18}{9-\frac{18}{...}}} $$ ...
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Does the continued fractions $3+\frac{1}{5+\frac{1}{7+\cdots}}$ equal $\pi$?

$3+\frac{1}{5+\frac{1}{7+\cdots}}=\pi$ Is it true? If yes, how to show it? Please help. Thank you.
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Evaluation of Rogers-Ramanujan continued fraction $R(e^{-2\pi/5})$

Let $A = \{(\sqrt{5} + 1)/2\}^{5}$ and let $\alpha,\beta$ be positive reals such that $\alpha\beta = \pi^{2}/5$. Then it is known that $$\left\{A + R^{5}(e^{-2\alpha})\right\}\left\{A + ...
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Computing Infinite Continued Fractions

I am looking for "tricks" used to compute infinite continued fractions. For example, $$1+\cfrac{1}{1+\cfrac{1}{1+\cfrac{1}{\ddots}}}$$ is the golden ratio since if we denote it by $x$, then we have ...
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What is the rate of decay of $\min\{k\xi-\lfloor k\xi\rfloor|k\in\{1,\dots,n\}\}$, for irrational $\xi$?

I wish to establish bounds on the sequence of infima of $\{n\xi\}_{n\in\Bbb N}$, where $\{x\}=x-\lfloor x\rfloor$ is the fractional part function and $\xi$ is irrational. I can prove that ...
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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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After $n$ iterations of the continued fraction algorithm, what kind of rational numbers will have terminated?

For a positive real number $r_0$, we have the continued fraction recursive algorithm: \begin{align} &r_n\in\mathbb{Z}\implies\text{terminate the algorithm}\\ &\text{else } r_{n+1} = ...
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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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On the Pell-like $Ax^2-By^2 = 1$

This is connected to the post, Mere coincidence? (prime factors). I was looking at NeuroFuzzy's dataset and noticed the line, {{{1, {4, 2}}, {1, 4, 2, 4, 2}, 23762}} It seems this could be ...