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Fibonacci proof question: $f_{n+1}f_{n-1}-f_n^2=(-1)^n$ [closed]

Show that $$f_{n+1}f_{n-1}-f_n^2=(-1)^n$$ when $n$ is a positive integer and $f_n$ is the $n$th Fibonacci number.
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using induction to prove that the formula for finding the n-th term of the Fibonacci sequence is: [duplicate]

May someone help me? I am trying to use induction to prove that the formula for finding the $n^{th}$ term of the Fibonacci sequence is: ...
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Inductive proof of a formula for Fibonacci numbers

May someone help me? I am trying to use induction to prove that the formula for finding the $n$-th term of the Fibonacci sequence is: ...
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Statement on the Fibonacci sequence

Question: Let $n,m,\in\mathbb{N^*}$ with $n>1$ and let $u_n$ denote the $n$-th term of the Fibonacci sequence, then $$u_{n+m}=u_{n-1}u_m+u_nu_{m+1}$$ I know these theorems: Two consecutive ...
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Two issues of Number Theory

Knowing in Fibonacci sequence$$u_n\mid u_m\Longleftrightarrow n\mid m$$ Question 1: In Fibonacci sequence, show that $$5\mid u_m\Longleftrightarrow 5\mid m$$ Show: $\Longrightarrow$ In ...
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How to prove that the Fibonacci sequence $7\mid U_m\Longrightarrow 8\mid m$ and $4\mid U_m\Longrightarrow 6\mid m$

How to prove that the Fibonacci sequence $$7\mid U_m\Longrightarrow 8\mid m$$ and $$4\mid U_m\Longrightarrow 6\mid m$$I was confused because there $\{ 4,7 \}$ in Fibonacci sequece
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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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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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Help with a proof involving Fibonacci numbers.

I'm working through SICP MIT course, and I'm a little lost on how to prove the following statement. I think I'm able to demonstrate it, but have no idea how to prove this statement. I may ...
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Fibonacci numbers divisible by $9$

The $n$th Fibonacci number $F_n$ is defined as follows,$$F_1=F_2=1\mbox{ and } F_{n+2}=F_{n+1}+F_{n}\mbox{ for } n\geq 1$$ I want to know how many of the first $1000$ Fibonacci numbers are divisible ...
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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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Irrationality of reciprocal Fibonacci constant

I read that it was proved that reciprocal Fibonacci constant $$\sum_{n} \frac{1}{F_n} = \frac{1}{1} + \frac{1}{1} + \frac{1}{2} + \frac{1}{3} + \frac{1}{5} + \frac{1}{8} + \frac{1}{13} + \frac{1}{21} ...
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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 the sum of Fibonacci reciprocals?

How can I calculate $\sum\limits_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{F_n}$, where $F_0=0$, $F_1=1$ and $F_n=F_{n-1}+F_{n-2}$? Empirically, the result is around $3.35988566$. Is there a "more mathematical way" to ...
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Why is 11 times the 7th term of a fibonacci series equal to the sum of 10 terms?

Why is 11 times the 7th term of a fibonacci series equal to the sum of 10 terms? I was watching scam-school on youtube the other day and this number trick just astonished me. Can someone please ...
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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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Fibonacci Proof

Prove that: $$F_1F_2+F_2F_3+F_3F_4+\cdots+F_{2n-1}F_{2n}=F_{2n}^2$$ I set it up so: $$F^2(2k) + F(2k+1)F(2k+2) = F^2(2k+2)$$ I've tried: $$F(2k)^2 + F(2k+1)*F(2k+2) = ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Proving that $fib(n) < (5/3)^n$ for $n \ge 1$ by induction

I know this has been shown before here but no post really answered my question. I had this problem given to me as an induction practice problem and I couldn't solve it without help. When I got the ...
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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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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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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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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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Proofs Related to the Fibonacci Sequence

I need to prove several proofs related to the Fibonacci sequence and I don't have the faintest clue how to do so. Please help! Given that the Fibonacci sequence is defined as $f_n = f_{n-1} + ...
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Fibonacci identity: $f_{n-1}f_{n+1} - f_{n}^2 = (-1)^n$

Consider this Fibonacci equation: $$f_{n+1}^2 - f_nf_{n+2}$$ The problem asked to write a program with given n, output the the result of this equation. I could use ...
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Proving this $F_{n+1} \cdot F_{n-1} - F^2_n = (-1)^n$ by induction

Where $n \in \mathbb{N}$ and $$ F_n = \begin{cases} 0 & \text{ if } n = 0 \\ 1 & \text{ if } n = 1 \\ F_{n-1} + F_{n-2} & \text{ if } n > 1 ...
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how to find nth term of different fibonacci series with golden ratio [duplicate]

what i know : if i want to find $Nth$ term of a fibonacci series like : 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 ....... then to find $6th$ term we use golden ratio ...
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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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Prove that $F(1) + F(3) + F(5) + … + F(2n-1) = F(2n)$

(These are Fibonacci numbers; $f(1) = 0$, $f(3) = 1$, $f(5) = 5$, etc.) I'm having trouble proving this with induction, I know how to prove the base case and present the induction hypothesis but I'm ...
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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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Understanding Fibonacci Proof

I'm trying to show that $$F^2_{k+1} - F^2_k = F_{k-1} * F_{k+2} ∀ ≥1$$ where $$F_k = F_{k-1} + F_{k-2}$$ with $$F_0 = F_1 = 1$$ Let P(n) = $$F^2_{k+1} - F^2_k = F_{k-1} * F_{k+2}$$ Basic Step: ...
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What does $F^2_n$ mean?

In this Wikipedia entry on Cassini's identity, I saw this equation: $F_{n-1}F_{n+1}-F^2_n=(-1)^n$ $F^2_n$, what does that mean? Is it a summation signs for n to 2? I don't know what it means.
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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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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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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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Induction: Fibonacci / Lucas Numbers [duplicate]

From Andrews' Number Theory, Chapter 1, Section 1, Problem 15: Prove, by induction, that $F_{2n} = F_nL_n$ where $F_n$ denotes the nth Fibonacci number and $L_n$ denotes the nth Lucas ...
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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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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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Flaw in induction proof that the Fibonacci sequence is bounded by $(5/3)^n$

The Fibonacci sequence is defined by $a_1 = 1, a_2 = 1$ and for all $n \ge 2, a_{n+1} = a_n + a_{n-1}$. Thus the sequence begins $$1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,...$$ Prove that for all $n \ge 1, a_n ...
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Induction proof on Fibonacci sequence: $F(n-1) \cdot F(n+1) - F(n)^2 = (-1)^n$

I can't seem to solve this problem. It is: The Fibonacci numbers $F(0), F(1), F(2),\dots $ are defined as follows: \begin{align} F(0) &::= 0 \\ F(1) &::= 1 \\ F(n) &::= F(n-1) + ...
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Induction proof $F(n)^2 = F(n-1)F(n+1)+(-1)^{n-1}$ for n $\ge$ 2 where n is the Fibonacci sequence [duplicate]

Prove that $F{_n}^2 = F_{n-1}F_{n+1}+(-1)^{n-1}$ for n $\ge$ 2 where n is the Fibonacci sequence F(2)=1, F(3)=2, F(4)=3, F(5)=5, F(6)=8 and so on. Initial case n = 2: $$F(2)=1*2+-1=1$$ It is true. ...
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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 ...