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

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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 ...
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$x_{n+1} = \sqrt{3x_n}$ converges for $x_1 = 1,x_1 = 27$ Proof

Prove $x_{n+1} = \sqrt{3x_n}$ converges for $x_1 = 1,x_1 = 27$. (Separate problems for $x_1 = 1$ and $x_1 = 27$.) EDIT: Took out bad algebra.
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Please solve this recurrence relation question for $8a_na_{n+1}-16a_{n+1}+2a_n+5=0$

Suppose $a_1=1$ and $$8a_na_{n+1}-16a_{n+1}+2a_n+5=0,\forall n\geq1,$$Please help to sort out the general form of $a_n$. Here are the first a few values of the series. Not sure if they are useful as ...
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Alternating Recurrence relation $a_n = b_{n-1} + 5$ and $b_n = na_{n-1}$

I am racking my brain on solving the relation where: $$a_n = b_{n-1} + 5$$ $$b_n = na_{n-1}$$ where $a_0$ = $b_0$ = 1 I am trying to find the closed form for $a_n$. I have tried to shifting $b_n = ...
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Recursive Sequence Tree Problem (Original Research in the Field of Comp. Sci)

This question appears also in http://cstheory.stackexchange.com/questions/17953/recursive-sequence-tree-problem-original-research-in-the-field-of-comp-sci. I was told that cross-posting in this ...
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Finding the general term of two related recurrence relations

I'm trying to find the general term of the recurrence relations $\quad a_{n+1}=a_n+\text hb_n$ $\quad b_{n+1}=b_n-\text ha_n $ $\quad a_0=0, \quad b_0=1$ I tried finding the terms, ...
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Methods to find the limit of a sequence defined by a recurrence

For a sequence defined by a formula normally the usual limit rules allows one to find its limit. But for a sequence defined by a recurrence, up to now I have only seen some refined ad hoc methods, ...
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Finding non-negative integers $m$ such that $(1 + \sqrt{-2})^m$ has real part $\pm 1$.

I believe that the integers $m$ with $(1+\sqrt{-2})^m$ having real part $\pm 1$ are $0, 1, 2$ and $5$, but I'm having trouble proving it. Write $$a_m = \Re((1+\sqrt{-2})^m) = \frac{(1 + \sqrt{-2})^m ...
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Solving a simple recurrence relation

I have the following recurrence relation: $a_0=1$ $a_{n}=pa_{n+1}+qa_{n-1}$ Where $p+q=1$. This relation arises in analyzing a "gambler's ruin" situation. It is claimed that the general solution ...
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Convergence/Divergence of a particular infinite nested radical

Is it known if the following infinite nested radical converges or diverges (for $n \in \mathbb N$)?: $$R(n) = \sqrt{n+\sqrt{(n+1)+\sqrt{(n+2)+ \cdots}}}$$ I recently became interested in these ...
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How to find limit of a sequence defined by recurrence formula

I have the following problem: Let $a_{n}$ be the recurrence $$a_{n+1}=a_{n}+2a_{n-1}$$ with $a_{0}=0$ and $a_{1}=1$. Can you help me find $$\lim_{n\to\infty} \frac{a_{n+1}}{a_{n}}$$ for $n\geq ...
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Find a big-O estimate for $f(n)=2f(\sqrt{n})+\log n$

While self-studying Discrete Mathematics, I found the following question in the book "Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications" from Rosen: Suppose the function $f$ satisfies the recurrence ...
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permutation and f(n) challenge

Suppose $f(n)$ be the number of permutation from set ${1,2,..,n}$ such that for each $ 1 \leq i \leq n$ we have: $ | \pi(i)-i| \leq 1 $. meaning of $ \pi(i)$ is an elements whose in place $i$ of ...
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$a_1=1,a_{n+1}=\frac{n}{a_n}+\frac{a_n}{n}$. Prove that for $n\ge4$, $\lfloor{a_n^2}\rfloor=n$

Define a sequence $\left\lbrace a_{n}\right\rbrace$ by $\displaystyle{a_{1} = 1\,,\ a_{n + 1} = {n \over a_n} + {a_n \over n}.\quad}$ Prove that for $n \geq 4,\,\,\left\lfloor ...
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Recurrence relation telescoping

Hi there I am trying to solve the following recurrence relation using telescoping. How would I go about doing it? $$T(n) = \frac 2n \Big(T(0) + T(1) + \ldots+ T(n-1)\Big) + 5n$$ Assuming $n\ge 1$
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Count with only certain digits allowed - And feel a fractal

I have a friend ~200 years old mathematician who has forgotten some digits and now he counts things in very strange manner: when he is going to count the $n$-th thing and $n$ contains a digit he ...
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How to prove that this recursively defined sequence converges to $e$?

Let $a_1=0,a_2=1,$ and $a_{n+2}=\dfrac{(n+2) a_{n+1}-a_n}{n+1}$. Prove that $\lim_{n\to \infty}a_n=e$. I know that $\lim_{n\to\infty}\left(1+\frac1{2!}+\frac1{3!}+...+\frac1{n!}\right)=e$ and $a_n = ...
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Generating Functions: Solving a Second-Order Recurrence

I'm self-studying generating functions (using GeneratingFunctionology as a text). I came across this programming problem, which I immediately recognized as a modification of the Fibonacci sequence. ...
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Limit related to the recursion $a_{n+1}=(1-n^{-1/4}a_n)a_n$

Let $0<a_{1}<1$, with $$a_{n+1}=a_{n}(1-n^{-\frac{1}{4}}a_{n})$$ Does there a real numbers $A$ which make the limit $$ ...
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Is the sequence $x_{n+1} = \frac{x_n + \alpha}{x_n + 1}$ convergent?

Fix $\alpha > 1$, and consider the sequence $(x_n)_n \geq 0$ defined by $x_0 > \sqrt \alpha$ and $$x_{n+1} = \frac{x_n + \alpha}{x_n + 1}, n = 0, 1, 2, \dots$$ Does this sequence converge, ...
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The limit of a recurrence relation (with resistors)

Background to problem (not too important): My proposed solution: The infinitely long element, , however complex, can be represented as a single resistor of resistance $R$. Remembering the ...
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Solving recurrence relation of form $T(n/2 + c)$

It is obvious that the Master Theorem cannot be applied to the recurrences of the following form: $T(n) = 4T(n/2 + 2) + n$ Since I am only interested in the $\theta$ bound of the recurrence and not ...
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Finding ($2012$th term of the sequence) $\pmod {2012}$

Let $a_n$ be a sequence given by formula: $a_1=1\\a_2=2012\\a_{n+2}=a_{n+1}+a_{n}$ find the value: $a_{2012}\pmod{2012}$ So, in fact, we have to find the value of ...
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How find $a_{n}$ if $a_{n+1}=\sqrt{2a_n+1}$

let $a_{1}=\dfrac{\sqrt{2}}{4}$ and such $$a_{n+1}=\sqrt{2a_{n}+1}$$ find $a_{n}$ my idea:let $a_{n}=\dfrac{1}{2}\cos{x_{n}}$ $$\Longrightarrow ...
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Line in a proof on p69 in Cassel's Local Fields

I'm trying to read the proof of LEMMA 6.1 (Nagell) Let $u_n$ be defined by $u_0=0$, $u_1=1$ and $u_n=u_{n-1}-2u_{n-2} \hspace{20pt} (n\geq 2)$. Then $u_n=\pm1$ only for $n=1,2,3, ...
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What is the asymptotic behavior of a linear recurrence relation (equiv: rational g.f.)?

The question sounds simple: find the roots of the characteristic equation, take the one with the largest absolute value, and find its coefficient. Repeated roots do not substantially complicate ...
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Common terms in general Fibonacci sequences

Mathworld notes that "The Fibonacci and Lucas numbers have no common terms except 1 and 3," where the Fibonacci and Lucas numbers are defined by the recurrence relation $a_n=a_{n-1}+a_{n-2}$. For ...
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A proof by strong induction that $a_n\le3^n$ where $a_n=a_{n-1}+a_{n-2}+a_{n-3}$

I am not sure whether this is right. Can anyone verify, whether this proof is valid? Thanks! Define a sequence $\{a_n\}_{n\ge0}$ as follows: ...
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How to prove $\lim_{n\to\infty}\frac{\log_{2}{(f_{n})}}{(\log_{2}{n})^2}=\frac{1}{2}$?

For any $n\in N$, such $f_{1}=1$, and such $$f_{2n+1}=f_{2n}=f_{2n-1}+f_{n},$$ prove that $$\lim_{n\to\infty}\dfrac{\log_{2}{(f_{n})}}{(\log_{2}{n})^2}=\dfrac{1}{2}.$$
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Recurrence Relation

How do I solve: $k(k+1)a_{k}=2(\lambda k-1)a_{k-1}+(a-\lambda^2)a_{k-2}$ where $\lambda$ and $a$ are constants, and similar other recurrence relations?
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Solving recurrence $T(n) = T(\lceil n/2 \rceil) + T(\lfloor n/2 \rfloor) + \Theta(n)$

I'm learning algorithms by myself and am using the excellent Introduction to algorithms to do that. It has been quite a long time since I last studied math, so maybe the solution to my problem is ...
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Recursion relation of fourth order Runge-Kutta method applied on system

I'm trying to apply the Gauss-Legendre method of fourth order (as Runge-Kutta method) on the following system of equations $$\left\{ \begin{matrix} \dot{a} =& -b \\ ...
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unorthodox solution of a special case of the master theorem

I am asking for references regarding a special case of the master theorem. This theorem seems to appear quite a lot on this site, prompting me to study it in more detail, e.g. see my posts here and ...
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Prove that every element of $a_{n+2013}=\frac{a_{n+1}a_{n+2}…a_{n+2012}+1}{a_n}$ is an integer

Given $\displaystyle a_1=a_2=\cdots=a_{2013}=1$ and $\displaystyle a_{n+2013}=\frac{a_{n+1}a_{n+2}\cdots a_{n+2012}+1}{a_n}$. Prove that $a_{n+2013}\in\mathbb{N}$ for all $n\in\mathbb{N}$. I ...
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Mathematics of the Ice Bucket Challenge

I've been considering the mathematics of the now global ice bucket challenge. Simple model In the simplest incarnation, there is one original seed, who then nominates 3 others, each of which take ...
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Nonlinear inhomogeneous recurrence $f(x)^2=f(x+1)+S(x)$ to find nested radical

I want to solve the recurrence relation $$f(x)^2=f(x+1)+S(x)$$ where $S(x)$ is a given polynomial. The background is to find nested radicals expressions of the form ...
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Coefficients in expansion of $(\sqrt[3]{2} - 1)^m$

In trying to solve $a^3 - 2b^3 = 1$ over the integers I came across the need to answer the question: when does $(1+ \sqrt[3]{2} + \sqrt[3]{2}^2)^n$ have no $\sqrt[3]{2}^2$ term in it's expansion (in ...
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Prove that the sequence with $T(0)=1$ and $T(n) = 1 + \sum_{j=0}^{n-1}T(j)$ is given by $T(n)=2^n$

$T(0)=1 \\ T(n) = 1 + \sum_{j=0}^{n-1}T(j) \\ $ Show that $T(n) = 2^n$. I know how to prove this by induction, but I would like to know how to show this using first principles. Edit: The way I want ...
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General expression of $f(a, b)$ if $f(a, b)=f(a-1,b) + f(a, b-1) + f(a-1, b-1)$?

$f(a,b) = f(a-1, b) + f(a-1, b-1) + f(a, b-1), ab \neq 0$ $f(a,b) = 1, ab = 0$ So what is $f(a, b)$?
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What explains this bizarre behavior?

Consider the sequence $x_{n+1} = 2x_{n}-\frac{1}{x_n},n\geq0 $. For $x_{0} = 0,87$ we have $$ \begin{aligned} X(1) &\approx 0,590574712643678 \\ X(2) &\approx -0,512116436915835\\ X(3) ...
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Determining if a recursively defined sequence converges and finding its limit

Define $\lbrace x_n \rbrace$ by $$x_1=1, x_2=3; x_{n+2}=\frac{x_{n+1}+2x_{n}}{3} \text{if} \, n\ge 1$$ The instructions are to determine if this sequence exists and to find the limit if it exists. I ...
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Recurrence of the form $2f(n) = f(n+1)+f(n-1)+3$

Can anyone suggest a shortcut to solving recurrences of the form, for example: $2f(n) = f(n+1)+f(n-1)+3$, with $f(1)=f(-1)=0$ Sure, the homogenous solution can be solved by looking at the ...
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Dynamics of the repetitions of $f(z) = z^{2} +\frac{1}{4}$

This is probably a classic and most likely an easy question, but I was not able to find an answer. If we have the iteration $z_{n+1}=g(z_n)$, where $$g(z) = z + a z^{2},$$ with $a\ne 0$, then using a ...
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How to solve this recurrence using generating functions?

Exercise: For $n \geq 0$ let $a_n = \sum \limits_{i=0}^n (i^2- 2i + 1)$ a) Show that $$a_{n+4} -4a_{n+3} + 6a_{n+2} - 4a_{n+1} + a_n = 0, n \geq 0$$ b) Identify the genereating series ...
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A Recurrence Relation Involving a Square Root

Consider the recurrence relation: $a_{n+1} = \sqrt{a_n^2 -k},$ where $k>0$, $n\in\{0,1,n:a_n^2\geq k\}$, and $a_0>0$ is known. Is it possible to obtain an expression for $a_n$ in terms of ...