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How to find a Fibonacci number that is divisible by $x$?

I'm looking for an algorithm that is better than just checking every number in the Fib Sequence for divisibility. Example: Find the first Fib number that is divisible by $x=223321$, with no ...
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Find a formula for the nth Fibonacci Number [duplicate]

So I'm being asked to find a formula for the nth fibonacci number. I know the answer is $$x_{n}=\frac{(1+5^{1/2})^{n} -(1-5^{1/2})^n}{\sqrt{5}2^n}$$ However I don't really know how to get there. ...
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Seeking combinatorial proof for $F_{n+1} -1=\sum\limits_{k=0}^{n-1} F_k$

In order to give a combinatorial proof for this equation, we need to find what these two count for. But I don't know what they count for and how I can pivot the RHS to show that it actually counts ...
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Prove function is Fibonacci sequence

Stuck on how to finish a question I'm working on. Have to find the number of bitstrings of length n with no odd length maximal runs of ones. For example, when n=3 there are three such bitsrings: 011, ...
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Lucas Number Sequence

Can anyone help me in this question: Define $ (b_n)$ as $b_1= 1,b_n=a_{n+1} - a_n $ for $ n\ge 2 $is known as the sequence of lucas numbers. where $ a_n $ is the fibonnaci series. Prove: ...
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Show that there are infinitely many integers such that $ \binom{m}{n-1} = \binom{m-1}{n} $

This question comes from the 1st Brazilian's IMO TST of 2004. I have found no solutions of it online, though I have developed one. After getting to $ mn = (m-n)(m-n+1) $, my solution relies on the ...
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Fibonacci Numbers, show $F_n$ $>=$ $2^{n/2}$ for n $>=$ 6.

I want to show that for the fibonacci numbers, $F_n$ $>=$ $2^{n/2}$ for n $>=$ 6. My thought was to prove this via induction. I showed the base case is true for $F_n$, n=6 and 7. I assumed ...
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If $ab-1$, $bc-1$, $ca-1$, $ab-a-b+c$, $bc-b-c+a$, $ca-c-a+b$ are perfect squares, then are $ab+a+b-c$, $bc+b+c-a$, $ca+c+a-b$ also perfect squares?

About a month ago, a friend of mine taught me that there exist many sets of three positive integers $(a,b,c)$ where $a\not=b,b\not=c$ and $c\not=a$ such that each of $$ab-1,\ bc-1,\ ca-1,\ ab-a-b+c,\ ...
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Proving the Fibonacci identity $\sum_{i=1}^n f_i^2=f_nf_{n+1}$ by induction [duplicate]

I am having troubles with a proof question. Prove that for any $n\ge1$, $\sum_{i=1}^n f_i^2=f_nf_{n+1}$, where $f_n$ is the $n$'th Fibonacci number. I have the base case and the induction ...
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Of fibonomials, pellonomials, and tribonomials, etc

I. Linear recurrence with order 2 Given the Fibonacci numbers $F_n$, we have $$\begin{aligned} &F_n+F_{n+1}-F_{n+2}=0\\[1mm] &F_n^2-2F_{n+1}^2-2F_{n+2}^2+F_{n+3}^2=0\\[1mm] ...
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Generalizing the Fibonacci identity $F_{2n}=-F_{n-1}^2+F_{n+1}^2$

Using an integer relations algorithm, we get, $$F_{2n}=-F_{n-1}^2+F_{n+1}^2$$ $$6F_{4n}= -F_{n-2}^4-3F_{n-1}^4+3F_{n+1}^4+F_{n+2}^4$$ The pattern of the subscripts is clear. Expressing the ...
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formula for logarithmic spiral on a linear level

I am trying to plot the contents of a circle, which include geometric elements and spirals, on a linear graph. For example, take a circle, take the beginning and the end and make it straight. What ...
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Fibonacci recursive algorithm yields interesting result

After writing a program in Java to generate Fibonacci numbers using a recursive algorithm, I noticed the time increase in each iteration is approximately $\Phi$ times greater than the previous. ...
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Need help understanding Fibonacci Fast Doubling Proof

From this website, http://www.nayuki.io/page/fast-fibonacci-algorithms (fast doubling proof close to the bottom of the page). I have understood the proof for the most part but I am struggling to see ...
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Transforming the cubic Pell-type equation for the tribonacci numbers

The Lucas and Fibonacci numbers solve the Pell equation, $$L_n^2-5F_n^2=4(-1)^n\tag1$$ The tribonacci numbers $z = T_n$ are positive integer solutions to the cubic Pell-type equation, $$27 x^3 - 36 ...
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A number $N$ is a $k$-nacci number if and only if …

For $k\ge 2\in\mathbb N$, one can define the $n$-th $k$-nacci number $f_k(n)\ (n=0,1,\cdots)$ as $$f_k(0)=f_k(1)=\cdots=f_{k}(k-2)=0,\ \ ...
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How to show that $(L_n,F_n) < 3$ (Lucas numbers and Fibonacci numbers)

While following the proof that no Fibonacci number is a perfect square larger than 144 (https://math.la.asu.edu/~checkman/SquareFibonacci.html) I stumbled in proving two of the elementary facts about ...
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Are there 3D geometric proofs of Fibonacci identities?

There is a significant number of identities involving Fibonacci numbers that can be proven in a sort of geometric way, as it is shown in the following picture: However, I couldn't find any such ...
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An identity for the Fibonacci number $F_{n^2}$

I was manipulating Fibonacci numbers defined by : $F_0=0$ and $F_1=1$ $ \forall n\in \mathbb{N}$ $F_{n+2}=F_{n+1}+F_n$ Until I obtain this equation (which I proved) $\forall n\in \mathbb{N^*}$: ...
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Closed form as sum and combinatorial of Fibonacci numbers

How can I prove that the Fibonacci numbers that are defined as $F_n=F_{n-1}+F_{n-2}, \; n \geq 2$ and $F_0=0,\ F_1=1,\ F_2=1$ have the form: $$F_n=\sum_{k=0}^{n-1} \binom{n-1-k}{k}, \; n\ge 2 $$ I ...
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What is a better comparision series for $\sum \frac {1}{F_n}$ than $\sum_0^\infty2^{-k}$?

What is a better comparision series for $\sum \frac {1}{F_n}$ than $\sum_0^\infty2^{-k}$? By better comparison series than $\sum_0^\infty2^{-k}$ we mean a series $\sum c_k$ s.t. ...
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What is wrong with the following argument involving Fibonacci and Lucas numbers?

The Lucas numbers $L_n$ are defined by the equations $L_1 = 1$, and $L_n = F_{n+1} + F_{n-1}$ for each $n \geq 2$. What is wrong with the following argument? Assuming $L_n = F_n$ for $n = ...
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A calculus proof for the general term of the Fibonacci sequence [duplicate]

Let $a_0=1$,$a_1=1$ and $a_n=a_{n-1} + a_{n-2}$ for $n \geq 2$, I would like to prove: $$a_n=\frac{1}{\sqrt{5}}\left(\left(\frac{1+\sqrt{5}}{2}\right)^{n + 1}- \left(\frac{1-\sqrt{5}}{2}\right)^{n + ...
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Prove $F^2_{n+1} - F_nF_{n+2} = (-1)^n$

This is a question about Fibonacci sequences, a sequence in which the previous terms build up upon the current term (e.g. $F_1 + F_2 = F_3$ where $F_1 = F_2 = 1$). How would I go about proving ...
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are there infinitely many primes in Fibonacci sequence

There is one proof about infinitude of prime with following method, http://www.ams.org/mathscinet-getitem?mr=2271540 Also it is well know that any two consecutive Fibonacci numbers are mutually ...
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Prove that $p$ divides $F_{p-1}+F_{p+1}-1$ [duplicate]

Given the Fibonacci sequence $(F_n)$, defined by $F_0=0,F_1=1, F_{n+2}=F_{n+1}+F_n$, and $p$ an odd prime number, how to prove that $p$ divides $F_{p-1}+F_{p+1}-1$? Is induction a good idea here? ...
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Sum of squares of Fibonacci Numbers

$$ \sum_{i=0}^{n} (F_{2i+1})^2 = \;?$$ I know that sum of squares of first $n$ Fibonacci numbers is $F_{n} \times F_{n+1}$.
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Proving a slight variation of the fibonacci formula using complete induction

I learned this formula for the Fibonacci series, and its respective proof in one of my Computer Science classes. F(0) = 0; F(1) = 1; F(2) = 1 However, I am taking an abstract mathematics class and ...
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Counting the sequences of coin flips that end HH after $n$ flips (a more efficient method?)

I figured out that for any given $n$ the number of sequences of heads and tails that satisfy the condition that HH wasn't flipped consecutively until flips $n-1$ and $n$ is equal to the $(n-1)$th ...
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Fibonacci sequences and related series

Let $\{a_n\}$ be a sequence such that $a_1=a_2=1$ and $a_{n+1}=a_n+a_{n-1}$ for $n\geq 2$. Prove that $\displaystyle \sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{a_n}$ converges. My work: Let $b_n=\frac{1}{a_n}$. ...
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Linear Combinations of Fibonacci Numbers (integer coefficients)

While working on problem #2 on Project Euler, I came across the need to express $F_n$ as a linear combination of $F_{n-3}$ and $F_{n-6}$. This is relatively simple to do: $$\begin{align} F_n &= ...
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Proof the Fibonacci numbers are not a polynomial.

I was asked a while ago to prove there is no polynomial $P$ in $\mathbb R$ such that $P(i)=f_i$ for all $i\geq0$. I tried to get a proof as slick as possible and here's what I got. Let ...
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Modulus of sum of sequence of Fibonacci numbers

What is the most efficient way to find the modulus of sum of sequence of fibinacci numbers. For example (F(N) + F(N + 1) + ... + F(M)) mod 1000000007.
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Is it true that the Fibonacci sequence has the remainders when divided by 3 repeating?

About this Fibonacci sequence, is it true that the remainders when divided by three repeat along with the sequence like this: Fibonacci sequence: $1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, ...
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Why does this test for Fibonacci work?

In order to test if a number $A$ is Fibonacci, all we need to do is compute $5A^2 + 4$ and $5A^2 -4$. If either of them is a perfect square, the number is Fibonacci, otherwise not. Why does this test ...
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Closed form solution for $\sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac{1}{1+\frac{n^2}{1+\frac{1}{\stackrel{\ddots}{1+\frac{1}{1+n^2}}}}}$.

Using a symbolic computation software (Mathematica), I got the following interesting results: $$ \begin{align} \sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac{1}{1+\frac{n^2}{1+\frac{1}{1+\frac{1}{1+n^2}}}} &= ...
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Hyper sum of Fibonacci numbers

Let $F(n)$ be the $n$-th Fibonacci number. That is, $F(n)$ satisfies $F(0)=0,F(1)=1,F(n)=F(n−1)+F(n−2) (if n≥2).$ Let $f_k(n)$ be the function such that $f_0(n) = F(n)$, $f_k(n) = ...
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Divisibility of $987x^n − F_nx^{16} + F_{n−16}$

If $F_n$ is $n^{th}$ Fibonacci number, and polynomials $P_n(x)$ are defined as $987x^n − F_nx^{16} + F_{n−16}$, prove that for all $n ≥ 1$, $P_n(x)$ is divisible by $x^2−x−1$. This is from a ...
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Why does every “fibonacci like” series converge to $\phi$?

It's is well known that the ratio of side-by-side fibonacci numbers converge to $\phi$. But it seems by my calculations, that if one starts with any pair of numbers one will also get a ratio that ...
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Proving generalized Cassini's identity using determinant?

Motivation It is not hard to show, by using the general solution, that Proposition. If $(a_{n})_{n\in\Bbb{Z}}$ satisfies the recursive formula $ a_{n+2} = pa_{n+1} + qa_{n}$, then for any $n, i, ...
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Fibonacci, prove that $F_{n}\cdot F_{n+2}-({F_{n+1}})^2=(-1)^n$ with induction [duplicate]

I need to prove by induction that: $$F_{n}\cdot F_{n+2}-({F_{n+1}})^2=(-1)^n$$ I did the following: Check if the statement holds for $n=1$: $$1\cdot 3-(2)^2=(-1)^1$$ Check if the statement ...
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Fibonacci-related sum

Related to this question Find a solution for f(1/x)+f(1+x)=x, what is this sum: $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}(-1)^n\left(\frac{F_n}{F_{n+1}}-\frac1{\phi}\right)$$ where $F_n$ is the $n$th Fibonacci number and ...
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Confusion on unberstanding the proof of induction regarding Fibonacci numbers

I am trying to understand the proof that "For all $n\geq 2, F_n^2-F_{n+1}F_{n-1}=(-1)^{n-1}$.Where $F_n$ stands for the Fibonacci number at $n$. I got this proof from a book and here is the proof. ...
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Matrices, determinants, and applications to identities involving Fibonacci numbers

Preamble It is well known that since: $$ \begin{pmatrix} F_{n+1} \\ F_n \\ \end{pmatrix} = \begin{pmatrix} 1 & 1 \\ 1 & 0 \\ \end{pmatrix} \begin{pmatrix} F_n & F_{n-1} ...
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Seven expressions involving $F_n$ an $L_n$ that are always composite

Prove that if $F_n$ an $L_n$ are Fibonacci and Lucas numbers respectively, and $n>2$, then $$F_{n-2}\times F_{n-1}\times F_{n+1}\times F_{n+2}-15$$ $$F_{n-2}\times F_{n-1}\times ...
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Prove or disprove that ${F_{n}}^2 + 41$ is always a composite

The problem: Prove or disprove: If $F_{n}$ is the $n^{th}$ Fibonacci number then $${F_{n}}^2 + 41$$ is always a composite number. It looks that if $n$ is not multiple of 12, ${F_{n}}^2 + 41$ ...
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Prove or disprove that ${F_{n}^2} + 43$ is always a composite

This is a kind of follow-up to another question, but in order not to burden that question and its answers with new comments, I decided to create this separate question. Also, it looks this problem is ...
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Is ${F_{n}}^2 - 28$ always a composite number?

The problem: Prove or disprove that if ${F_{n}}$ is $n$-th Fibonacci number, and $n>5$, than $${F_{n}}^2 - 28$$ cannot be a prime. I came to this accidentally while trying to solve ...
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Who First Considered This Generalization of the Fibonacci Numbers?

I am looking for the author who originally researched a generalization of the Fibonacci numbers, which Koshy, in Chapter 7 his book Fibonacci and Lucas Numbers with Application refers to as the ...
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Prove Divisibility In Fibonacci Sequence Over A Prime Number

In The Fibonacci sequence which is defined as: Lets say we have the number $p$ which is an odd prime. Prove that: $F_{p-1} + F_{p+1} -1$ Is divisible by $p$. Prove that for any given $n$ real ...