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What comes next in the series?

Well, here is a numerical sequence puzzle, which I really tried hard, but still could not find the pattern? 2 4 6 30 32 34 36 40 42 44 46 50 52 54 56 60 62 64 66 x? Can anybody help me out in ...
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1answer
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Apparent paradox for the bird traveling between two trains puzzle

Gretings. Trying the "hard solution" for the puzzle below (which has been discussed, with a different angle, elsewhere on this forum) I got to a point where I have three seemingly valid solutions, ...
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4answers
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Fibonacci numbers from $998999$

Is there a nice explanation of ...
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51 views

Math Puzzle, finding a sequence with a certain property

A certain number of the $5000$ members of the Conway Mathematical Society (each of which has a different membership number between $1$ and $5000$) got together to discuss a puzzle. Much to their ...
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2answers
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Riddle about ant going through self extendible string

Ant stands at the end of a rubber string which has 1km of length. Ant starts going to the other end at speed 1cm/s. Every second the string becomes 1km longer. For readers from countries where ...
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1answer
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Constructing of sequences with steps already “existing” in sequence

Sequence $\{a_k\}$ is built according to next rule: $$ a_0=0;\\ a_1=1;\\ \forall n\in \mathbb{N} ~ \exists i,j ~ (0\leqslant i<j\leqslant n),\mbox{ so that } a_{n+1}-a_{n} = a_j-a_i. $$ ...
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What is the next number? [closed]

What is the next number in the following set ? $$1,11,21,1211,111221, \ldots$$
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In the sequence 1,4,9,16,25, the 6th number is 36. What is the 20th number if the pattern continues? [closed]

in the sequence 1,4,9,16,25, the 6th number us 36. What is the 20th number?
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0answers
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Limits of infinite processes that terminate in finite time - checking my understanding?

I am a computer scientist by training, but have a fair amount of math background that I've picked up through classes, teaching, and general interest. A student of mine posed a question to me. I think ...
2
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1answer
131 views

roulette wheel sequence

Is the sequence of numbers around a European roulette wheel (the integers from 0 to 36 inclusive) random or is there a pattern to it? It is said to have been devised by Pascal, which might be thought ...
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1answer
119 views

Pascal's other triangle

Just a brainteaser question: Can you identify the generator of the following pattern of numbers?      Remark on any interesting patterns you see in the triangle.
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3answers
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Predicting Real Numbers

Here is an astounding riddle that at first seems impossible to solve. I'm certain the axiom of choice is required in any solution, and I have an outline of one possible solution, but would like to ...
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1answer
44 views

Find out the length of a recurrence

I have this rules for creating a list of numbers: $x/2$ if $x$ is even, repeat $3x+1$ if $x$ is odd, repeat if $x=1$, stop so for example, starting from 15, the list will be: 15, 46, 23, 70, 45, ...
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What is the logical pattern in these pictures? [closed]

What is the pattern/logic in these two (separate) logical/pattern recognition tasks? I could not find it, it may be hard. Which symbols should replace the question marks? Edit: What is the logic ...
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1answer
172 views

What function does this infinite series represent?

$$\frac14+\frac{x-4}{2!x^2}-\frac{(x-4)(2x-4)(3x-4)}{4!x^4}+\frac{(x-4)(2x-4)(3x-4)(4x-4)(5x-4)}{6!x^6}\mp\ldots$$ Can anyone deduce the sum of this series? The reason I ask is because I made it and ...
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4answers
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How is this a number sequence 58, 26, 16, 14, 10

I recently had a IQ Test taken and we all got stuck on the same question. The question was: What comes next in the following sequence? 58, 26, 16, 14, _ The answer given in the answer sheet was 10. ...
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1answer
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About some finite sequences of integers

The following sequence of p = 7 terms: 5 ; -3 ; 1 ; -4 ; 6 ; -4 ; 1 has a positive sum, and each sum of q = 4 consecutive terms is negative. Does anybody know the general conditions on p and q to ...
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0answers
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What general function or rounding method can be derived from these number series?

OK, first of all, don't laugh, this is related to a social iOS game, but I promise there is some real juicy math here... I am attempting to derive a general formula or algorithm that can predict the ...
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1answer
920 views

Fly and Two Trains Riddle

Two trains travel on the same track towards each other, each going at a speed of 50 kph. They start out 100km apart. A fly starts at the front of one train and flies at 75 kph to the front of the ...
3
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2answers
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puzzle about array of numbers

Consider an array of numbers $$ \color{#C00000}{1}\ \hphantom{7\ 6\ 5\ 4\ 7\ 3\ 5\ 7\ 2\ 7\ 5\ 3\ 7\ 4\ 5\ 6\ 7\ }\color{#C00000}{1}\\ 1\ \hphantom{7\ 6\ 5\ 4\ 7\ 3\ 5\ 7\ }\color{#C00000}{2}\ ...
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6answers
492 views

Next number in series

What are the basic/advanced strategies used to find the next number in series. I know the simple ones such as addition, multiplication etc. But recently I came into a question that goes on something ...
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1answer
650 views

A fun Pascal-like triangle

Inspired by Pascal, I put on some shackles and a thorny belt. Inspiration came pouring in, and I thought of the following triangle: $$ \begin{array}{rcccccccccc} & & & & ...
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2answers
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Zeno-like riddle with additional complication: Runner with dog running back and forth at different speeds

I came across this little riddle: An amateur runner trains on a 1 250 m long track at a speed of $v_L = 2 m/s$. His dog runs ahead to the target, turns around and then runs back to him, then he ...
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3answers
217 views

Sum the infinite series $ \sum_{n=0}^\infty (2n^7 + n^6 + n^5 + 2n^2)/n! $

What is $$ \sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{2n^7 + n^6 + n^5 + 2n^2}{n!} $$
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3answers
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Tall fraction puzzle

I was given this problem 30 years ago by a coworker, posted it 15 years ago to rec.puzzles, and got a solution from Barry Wolk, but have never seen it again. Consider the series: $$1, ...
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2answers
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Famous puzzle: Girl/Boy proportion problem (Sum of infinite serie)

Puzzle In a country in which people only want boys, every family continues to have children until they have a boy. If they have a girl, they have another child. If they have a boy, they stop. What is ...
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6answers
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A tedious puzzle (but not homework)

There are 1000 light bulbs and 1000 tutors. All light bulbs are off. Tutor 1 goes flipping light bulb 1,2,3,4... tutor 2 then flips 2,4,6,8...tutor 3 then 3,6,9...etc until all 1000 tutors have done ...