Questions regarding functions defined recursively, such as the Fibonacci sequence.

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Proof that if $a_1=1$ and $a_{n+1}=1+\frac{1}{1+a_n}$

Question: Proof that if $$a_n=\left\{ \begin{array}{ll} a_1=1\\ a_{n+1}=1+\frac{1}{1+a_n} \end{array} \right.$$ then $a_n$ converge, and then find $\lim_{n \to \infty}a_n$. I found ...
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Solving the recurrence relation $A_n=n!+\sum_{i=1}^n{n\choose i}A_{n-i}$

I am attempting to solve the recurrence relation $A_n=n!+\sum_{i=1}^n{n\choose i}A_{n-i}$ with the initial condition $A_0=1$. By "solving" I mean finding an efficient way of computing $A_n$ for ...
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Prove that this particular sequence contains an infinite number of sixes

Given the sequence $$2,7,1,4,7,4,2,8,\ldots$$ which begins with $2, 7$ and is constructed by multiplying successive pairs of its members and adjoining the results as the next one or two members of ...
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Obtaining binomial coefficients without “counting subsets” argument

I want to obtain the formula for binomial coefficients in the following way: Elementary ring theory shows that $(X+1)^n\in\mathbb Z[X]$ is a degree $n$ polynomial, for all $n\geq0$, so we can write ...
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Recurrence for the partition numbers

I'm reading Analytic Combinatorics [PDF] book by Flajolet and Sedgewick, and I can't figure out one of the steps in the derivation of the $P_n$ — number of partitions of size $n$ (or coefficients in ...
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Proving that $a_n$ is an integer for every $n$

For every $k\ge1$ integer number if we define the sequence : $a_1,a_2,a_3,...,$ in the form of :$$a_1=2$$ $$a_{n+1}=ka_n+\sqrt{(k^2-1)(a^2_n-4)}$$ For every $n=1,2,3,....$ how to prove that $a_n$ is ...
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Closed form for $a_{n+1} = (a_n)^2+\frac{1}{4}$

I've been given the following sequence: \begin{align*} &a_0 = 0; \\ &a_{n+1} = (a_n)^2+\frac{1}{4}. \end{align*} I also have to prove that whatever I come up with is correct, but that will ...
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What is a good asymptotic for $f_n = f_{n-1}+\ln(f_{n-1})$?

Let $f_0=2$ and $f_n=f_{n-1}+\ln(f_{n-1})$. What is a good asymptotic to the sequence $f_n$? With good I mean much better than $f_n \sim \dfrac{3n \ln(2)\ln(n)}{2}$.
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The integer $c_n$ in $(1+4\sqrt[3]2-4\sqrt[3]4)^n=a_n+b_n\sqrt[3]2+c_n\sqrt[3]4$

For non-negative integer $n$, write $$(1+4\sqrt[3]2-4\sqrt[3]4)^n=a_n+b_n\sqrt[3]2+c_n\sqrt[3]4$$ where $a_n,b_n,c_n$ are integers. For any non-negative integer $m$, prove or disprove ...
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Recurrence equation similar to a geometric progression

I have the following recurrence relation: $$T(i) = \sqrt{T(i-1) \left(T(i+1) + k\right)},$$ with $k \geq 0$, a fixed constant. I know that when $k=0$, we have: $$T(i) = \sqrt{T(i-1) T(i+1)},$$ which ...
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Generating function solution to previous question $a_{n}=a_{\lfloor n/2\rfloor}+a_{\lfloor n/3 \rfloor}+a_{\lfloor n/6\rfloor}$

In attempting to answer this question, I reduced it to a seemingly simple generating functions question, but after days of work was unable to construct a proof. Since I do not have experience trying ...
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Solving recurrence relations that involve all previous terms

I'm not sure if this a proper recurance relation per se but I'd be interested in the methodology in solving a recurrence relation of the following form: $Z_0 = 1$ $Z_1 = x_1$ $Z_2 = x_1Z_1 + x_2 = ...
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Reduction formula for $I_{n}=\int {\cos{nx} \over \cos{x}}\rm{d}x$

What would be a simple method to compute a reduction formula for the following? $\displaystyle I_{n}=\int {\cos{nx} \over \cos{x}} \rm{d}x~$ where $n$ is a positive integer I understand that it ...
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Interesting properties of Fibonacci-like sequences?

Everyone is familiar with the Fibonacci Sequence, [0] 1 1 2 3 5 8 ... and many of it's interesting properties. For example, as the sequence continues, the ratio of ...
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Linear homogeneous recurrence relations with repeated roots; motivation behind looking for solutions of the form $nx^n$?

If we have a linear homogeneous recurrence relation, such as $t_{k+1}=4t_k-4t_{k-1}$, and attempt to find solutions of the form $t_n=x^n$ for some $x \in \mathbb{R} \setminus \{0\}$, we obtain the ...
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Evaluating the limit of a sequence given by recurrence relation $a_1=\sqrt2$, $a_{n+1}=\sqrt{2+a_n}$. Is my solution correct?

Problem The sequence $(a_n)_{n=1}^\infty$ is given by recurrence relation: $a_1=\sqrt2$, $a_{n+1}=\sqrt{2+a_n}$. Evaluate the limit $\lim_{n\to\infty} a_n$. Solution Show that the sequence ...
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Recursive Integration over Piecewise Polynomials: Closed form?

Is there a closed form to the following recursive integration? $$ f_0(x) = \begin{cases} 1/2 & |x|<1 \\ 0 & |x|\geq1 \end{cases} \\ f_n(x) = ...
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Closed form for a non-linear recurrence

Does equation $a_n=\sqrt{a_{n-1}+6}$ with $a_1=6$ have a closed form? I've found no linearization method. Any suggestion or hint will be highly appreciated.
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Möbius function from random number sequence

Consider some arbitrary number sequence like the decimal expansion of $\pi$ = {3, 1, 4, 1, 5, 9, 2}. Prepend the sequence with the number $1$ so that you get {1, 3, 1, 4, 1, 5, 9, 2}. Then plug it ...
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Find the general term of the sequence defined by $x_0 = 3, x_1 = 4$ and $x_{n+1} = x_{n-1}^2 - nx_n$

Question: Find the general term of the sequence defined by $x_0 = 3, x_1 = 4$ and $x_{n+1} = x_{n-1}^2 - nx_n$. Attempt: If I'm not mistaken this does not match any linear homogeneous pattern, nor ...
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Prove that a holonomic (p-recursive) difference equation returns only integral values

Consider the recurrence given by $(n+1)^2 a_{n+1} = (9n^2+9n+3)a_n-27n^2 a_{n-1}$ $a_0 = 1, a_1 = 3$. Clearly, $a_n$ is rational, but unexpectedly, the recurrence seems to output only integral ...
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How to solve this recurrence

Solve the recurrence \[ f_{j,k}^{(l)} = \begin{cases} \left[j>k\right] j^{k-1}(j-k), &\qquad j=l \\ \\ \left[j>k+1\right] \sum_t \binom k t f_{j-1,k-t}^{(l)}, &\qquad j>l \end{cases} ...
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Need help deriving recurrence relation for even-valued Fibonacci numbers.

That would be every third Fibonacci number, e.g. $0, 2, 8, 34, 144, 610, 2584, 10946,...$ Empirically one can check that: $a(n) = 4a(n-1) + a(n-2)$ where $a(-1) = 2, a(0) = 0$. If $f(n)$ is ...
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How to find the closed form formula for this recurrence relation

$ x_{0} = 5 $ $ x_{n} = 2x_{n-1} + 9(5^{n-1})$ I have computed: $x_{0} = 5, x_{1} = 19, x_{2} = 83, x_{3} = 391, x_{4} = 1907$, but cannot see any pattern for the general $n^{th}$ term.
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Why is solving non-linear recurrence relations “hopeless”?

I came across a non-linear recurrence relation I want to solve, and most of the places I look for help will say things like "it's hopeless to solve non-linear recurrence relations in general." Is ...
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Solving a Recurrence Relation/Equation, is there more than 1 way to solve this?

1) Solve the recurrence relation $$T(n)=\begin{cases} 2T(n-1)+1,&\text{if }n>1\\ 1,&\text{if }n=1\;. \end{cases}$$ 2) Name a problem that also has such a recurrence relation. The ...
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Finding the $n$-th deriviative of $f(x) =e^x \sin x$, solving the recurrence relation

I was given a homework assignment to find a closed solution for the nth deriviative of the function: $f(x) = e^x \sin x$ So far I have been able to obtain the derivative as: $f^{(n)}(x) = e^x S_n ...
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How does one find a formula for the recurrence relation $a_{1}=1,a_{2}=3, a_{n+2}=a_{n+1}+a_{n}?$

I am self-studying Discrete Mathematics, and I have two exercises to solve. Find a formula for the following recurrence relation: (translated from Portuguese) a) $a_{1}=3,a_{2}=5, ...
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How prove that $x_1 = x_{2000}$ implies $x_2 \ne x_{1999}$, where $x_{n+2}=\frac{x_{n}x_{n+1}+5x^4_{n}}{x_{n}-x_{n+1}}$?

Let $x_{1},x_{2},\cdots$ be real numbers, such that for $n \ge 1$: $$x_{n+2}=\dfrac{x_{n}x_{n+1}+5x^4_{n}}{x_{n}-x_{n+1}}$$ If $x_{1}=x_{2000}$, prove that $x_{2}\neq x_{1999}$. my idea ...
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How can I solve this linear recurrence relation?

My problem is: this given recurrence relation: $$y_{n+1}-\frac{n+2}{2}\cdot y_n = (n+1)(n+2)\cdot 3^n$$ for all: $n\ge 0$ and $y_0 = 0$ I need to find the explicit form and the general solution. My ...
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Why computing Fatou coordinate is so hard?

I'm trying to make images of Fatou coordinate for some polynomial maps. If I'm not wrong there is no explicit general formula/method for computing Fatou coordinate near parabolic fixed point. Is ...
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Numerical method for finding the square-root.

I found a picture of Evan O'Dorney's winning project that gained him first place in the Intel Science talent search. He proposed a numerical method to find the square root, that gained him $100,000 ...
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Solving recurrence relation: Product form

Please help in finding the solution of this recursion. $$f(n)=\frac{f(n-1) \cdot f(n-2)}{n},$$ where $ f(1)=1$ and $f(2)=2$.
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Help me understanding logic behind limits of recurence relations

I was trying to understand how limits of recurence relations are working. I have one. $$a_0 = \dfrac32 ,\ a_{n+1} = \frac{3}{4-a_n} $$ So, from what i know, if this recurence relation has a limit, ...
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Finding $a_n$ for very large $n$ where $a_n = a_{n-1} + a_{n-2} + a_{n-3} + 2^{n-3} $

I have a recurrence relation, $$ a_n = a_{n-1} + a_{n-2} + a_{n-3} + 2^{n-3} $$ for $n>3$ and $a_1 = 0, a_2 = 0, a_3 = 1$ I have to find the value of $a_n$ for very large values of n. I tried ...
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Put a mouse to the last cell

We have (n=12) cells $C_1, C_2 ,\dots, C_{12}$ which are initially empty. At each step, we can do one of two operations: $\mathbf{P}$: Put only in the first cell $C_1$ 2 mice. $\mathbf{M}$: Move ...
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q-Analogue of the formula $x^n=\sum_k\left\{n\atop k\right\}(x)_k$.

The stirling numbers of the second kind satisfy the formula $x^n=\sum_k\left\{n\atop k\right\}(x)_k$, where $(x)_k$ is the falling factorial. Consider the $q$-analog recursive definition of the ...
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Repertoire Method Clarification Required ( Concrete Mathematics )

In the book Concrete Mathematics, chapter 2, section 2.2 -- sums and recurrences, page 26 (2nd edition), the authors talk about the following example: Given the general recurrence $$ R(0) = \alpha ...
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How to prove this sequence of inequalities

The number $c_{g}(n)$ is defined by the recurrence \begin{equation} c_{g}(n) = c_{g}(n-1)+ (n-1)(n-2)c_{g-1}(n-2) , \end{equation} with $c_{0}(n)=1$ for any $n\geq 1$ and $c_{g}(n)=0$ if $n \leq 2g$. ...
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Diagonal of the double sequence $(n+1)v_{h,n+1}-(2h+1)v_{h,n}-nv_{h,n-1}=0$

Update: it is not possible to reply to this question without additional information. My comment below: "I have to agree with you that one "cannot derive (2) from (1) alone". Now it seems to me that ...
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Generating function of words in a binary alphabet counting blocks and appearances

Given the binary alphabet {a,b}, I'm trying to find the generating function that distinguishes, for all words of fixed length $n$, the count of blocks of a's and the number of a's. Let $x^p$ count the ...
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Recurrence $u_{n+1}u_{n-1}-u_n^2=Ar^{n-1}$

I was going through some old puzzles and encountered one where there was a non-linear recurrence of form $$u_{n+1}u_{n-1}-u_n^2=Ar^{n-1}$$ with $u_0$ and $u_1$ given. I know I can use a test form ...
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Another recurrence… $T(n)=\sqrt{2n} \cdot T(\sqrt{2n}) + \sqrt{n}$

I'm trying to solve the following recurrence : $$T(n)=\sqrt{2n}\cdot T(\sqrt{2n}) + \sqrt{n}$$ I've tried substituting $n$ for some other variables to transform the above to something easier without ...
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Properties of a continued fraction convolution operation

Usually the partial numerators of a continued fraction are all 1s. Has anyone considered the operation where you convolve 1 continued fraction with another, in other words, make a new continued ...
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How does one prove that $\zeta(3)$ is irrational?

How does one prove that $\zeta(3)$ is irrational ? I would like to know how Apery did it. In particular how a recursion gives rise to irrationality !?
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How can I find the value of $a^n+b^n$, given the value of $a+b$, $ab$, and $n$?

I have been given the value of $a+b$ , $ab$ and $n$. I've to calculate the value of $a^n+b^n$. How can I do it? I would like to find out a general solution. Because the value of $n$ , $a+b$ and $ab$ ...
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How to find the limit of this recurrence relation?

$a_n$ is a sequence where $a_1=0$ and $a_2=100$, and for $n \geq 2$: $$ a_{n+1}=a_n+\frac{a_n-1}{(n)^2-1} $$ I have a basic understanding of sequences. I wasn't sure how to deal with this recurrence ...
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Recursive square root problem [duplicate]

Give a precise meaning to evaluate the following: $$\large{\sqrt{1+\sqrt{1+\sqrt{1+\sqrt{1+\dotsb}}}}}$$ Since I think it has a recursive structure (does it?), I reduce the equation to $$ ...
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closed form for $d(4)=2$, $d(n+1)=d(n)+n-1$?

I am helping a friend in his last year of high school with his math class. They are studying recurrences and proof by inference. One of the exercises was simply "How many diagonals does a regular ...
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Common term for differential equations and recurrence relations

Recently I have been working with recurrence relations (mostly linear), and systems of coupled recurrence relations. I have noticed a lot of common ground with differential equations. In a way, you ...