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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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Different Definitions Of The Sine Function

I was hoping someone could give me a flow chart or high-level map connecting all of the definitions of the sine function, with some of the reasons why we care next to each. I've tried this but I'm not ...
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Great Common Division with Continued Fractions

If I have this GCD equation: $$89=16\cdot5+9\\ 16=9\cdot1+7\\ 9=7\cdot1+2\\ 7=2\cdot3+1\\ 2=1\cdot2+0$$ Then my continued fraction will be: $[5: 1, 1, 3, 2]$ But if I will have this GCD equation: ...
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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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Comparing Generalized Continued Fractions

Gosper lays out a method (under Approximations) for comparing regular (a.k.a simple) continued fractions which have all partial numerators set to 1. Continue comparing terms until they differ, then ...
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Help understanding a geometric proof of the ergodicity of the Gauss measure for continued fractions

Any $x\in(0,1)$ can be written as a (regular) continued fraction $$ x = \cfrac{1}{a_1+\cfrac{1}{a_2+\cfrac{1}{a_3+\cdots}}} = [a_1,a_2,a_3,\dotsc] $$ An irrational number has a unique expansion, ...
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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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An infinite series plus a continued fraction by Ramanujan

Here is a famous problem posed by Ramanujan Show that $$\left(1 + \frac{1}{1\cdot 3} + \frac{1}{1\cdot 3\cdot 5} + \cdots\right) + ...
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Decomposition of modular group elements

The modular group $PSL_2(\mathbb{Z})$ acts on the hyperbolic half-space $H$ by $$h\cdot z=\frac{az+b}{cz+d},\;z\in H,\;h=\begin{pmatrix}a&b\\c&d\end{pmatrix}\in PSL_2(\mathbb{Z})$$ with ...
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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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Convergent's numerators of the continued fraction for $\pi$

Call $C_{\pi} = \{ 1,3,22,333,355,… \}$, it´s the sequence of the numerators of convergents of the continued fraction for $\pi$, its OEIS' A002485, http://oeis.org/A002485. Let $n \in C_{\pi}$, such ...
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Generalizations of $\sum_{m=3n+2}^{\infty}\phi^m=\phi^{3n}$ and $\sum_{m=13n+1}^{\infty}(\sqrt2-1)^m=\dfrac{(\sqrt2-1)^{13n}}{\sqrt2}$

I noticed that the following identies hold with the help of wolfram alpha and oeis. I'm sure they're well-known, but I'd like to know how they generalize. ...
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a periodic continued fraction $c_{n+2} = 1 - \frac{c_{n+1}}{1 - c_{n}}$

Howvever, start with two numbers $c_0, c_1$ I read in a paper the following sequence has period 5: $$ c_{n+1} = 1 - \frac{c_n}{1 - c_{n-1}} $$ Example if we have $c_0=1, c_1=2$ the sequence ...
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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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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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Chinese estimate for $\pi$. Were they lucky?

The famous chinese estimate $\pi\approx\frac{355}{113}$ is good. I think that is too good. As a continued fraction: $$\pi=[3:7,15,1,292,\ldots]$$ That $292$ is a bit too big. Is there a reason for a ...
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How to find the terms of the continued fraction representation for $e^\pi$

The question is - Find the first ten terms of the continued fraction representation for $e^ \pi $
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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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Proof of continued fraction convergence theorem

How does one prove that $$|\alpha - \frac{p_n}{q_n}| < |\alpha - \frac{p_m}{q_m}|$$ for all $n>m$? I know that the left side is less than $\frac{1}{2q_n^2}$ and the right side is less than ...
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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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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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PDF describing nth term in continued fraction

For a real number r chosen uniformly at random in the range (0,1), what's the marginal Probability Density Function that describes the nth term in the continued fraction representation of r? What ...
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How to write continued fraction as polynomial?

I have \begin{align} r(x)= 1 + \frac{x}{\frac{1}{2}+\frac{x-1}{-1+\frac{x+1}{1+\frac{x-1}{-1}}}} \end{align} for an interpolation problem, and I need to write $r(x)$ such that nominator and ...
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Evaluating $\frac{2}{3-\frac{2}{3-\frac{2}{3-\ldots} } }$

What is the value of the fraction $\frac{2}{3-\frac{2}{3-\frac{2}{3-\ldots} } } $? I let $x=\frac{2}{3-\frac{2}{3-\frac{2}{3-\ldots} } } $ and hence $x=\frac{2}{3-x} $ which gives $x=1$ or $x=2$. ...
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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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How to find continued fraction of pi

I have always been amazed by the continued fractions for $\pi$. For example some continued fractions for pi are: $\pi=[3:7,15,1,292,.....]$ and many others given here. Similarly some nice continued ...
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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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functions on a continued fraction expansion

Let $x$ be an irrational number with continued fraction expansion $[a_0;a_1,a_2,\ldots]$. Is there an $x$ and a non-identity function $f$ such that $f(x)=[f(a_0);f(a_1),f(a_2),\ldots]$. Given that I ...
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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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Cube root of two continued fraction

I know there is a nice way of getting the continued fraction expansion of quadratic irrationals mainly because they recur after a point, and if they recur after a point they are quadratic irrationals. ...
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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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How to detect when continued fractions period terminates

I'm doing continued fractions arithmetic. Is there a method to detect when a continued fractions period terminates? Let me give you an example: $\sqrt{2} = [1; \overline{2}]$, $\sqrt{7} = [2; ...
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Showing iterates of a complex function on the upper half plane converges uniformly on compact sets

The following is an irksome problem that my complex analysis class is having trouble solving: Let $*$ be an operator that takes a function $F:\mathcal{H}\to\mathcal{H}$ to a function ...
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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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Proving something about $|f(x)|$ when the lim of $f(x)/x^2$ is known

I've been trying to crack this issue for 2 days and I got pretty much nothing Given that $f$ is a continuous function and the following limits exists and are finite: $$ (1) ...
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Math and Taxes - Items versus Sum Total differs

First, The question is a bit confusing as I am not really sure how to word this problem as a question. The math problem I encountered which is a bit of an anomaly is this : Suppose you are ...
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Convergence of two unusual “nested” sums

I was contemplating convergent sums, trying to think of very unusual or unorthodox sums that might be treatable recursively. Eventually, the following sum occurred to me: $$ \xi = 1 + \frac{ ...
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Convergents of square root of 2

On wikipedia I read about the continued fraction of the square root of 2: $$1+\frac{1}{2+\frac{1}{2+\frac{1}{2+\frac{1}{...}}}}$$ The first convergents are ...
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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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Is there a bijection between real numbers and continued fractions?

It is known that there is a bijection between rational numbers and finite continued fractions, so every rational number is uniquelly identified by a finite continued fractions and vice versa. It is ...
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Champernowne constant - summation and behavior of terms in continued fraction expansion

Is there an infinite summation that gives the Champernowne constant? Wikipedia has one, and so does Wolfram MathWorld. Are they valid? If so, could someone explain why, i.e how do they work? Also, ...
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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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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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Taking the negative of a continued fraction

If I have a continued fraction for an irrational number $z= \langle a_0;a_1,a_2,a_3,\ldots\rangle$ it seems that $(-1)*z = \langle-a_0;-a_1,-a_2,-a_3,\ldots\rangle$. Is this true? In general, if you ...
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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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Closed form for this continued fraction [closed]

Is there a closed form for this continued fraction? $$x+\frac{1}{x+\frac{1}{x+\frac{1}{...}}}$$