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

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An Impossible Sequence of Prime Powers

Let $x_1,x_2,\ldots$ be a sequence of positive integers that satisfies the recurrence relation $$x_{n+1}=2x_n(x_n-1)+1$$ for all positive integers $n$. It seems impossible that every term in this ...
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Minimizing beginning terms of a Fibonacci-like sequence

For $ a, b \in \mathbb{Z}^+ $ such that $ a = b $ or $ 2a < b $, let $ f_{a, b} : \mathbb{Z}^+ \to \mathbb{Z}^+ $ be a sequence that satisfies the following three criteria: $$ f(1) = a, \\ f(2) = ...
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General overview about Recursion (free online texts)

I'm looking for free online texts about recursion. What I'm looking for formal definitions* of "all" (most of) the different types of recursion and from different points of views like Category ...
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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 to solve this recurrence $K(n)=2K(n-1)-K(n-2)+C$?

The recurrence is $K(n)=2K(n-1)-K(n-2)+C$ where $C$ is a constant. What I have tried is substituting $2K(n-1)$ as we do in fibonnacical recurrences. It didn't gave me a fruitful expression! Can ...
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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 get the characteristic equation?

In my book, this succession defined by recurrence is presented: $$U_n=3U_{n-1}-U_{n-3}$$ And it says that the characteristic equation of such is: $$x^3=3x^2-1$$ Honestly, I don't understand how. ...
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How to find $\lim a_n$ if $ a_{n+1}=a_n+\frac{a_n-1}{n^2-1} $ for every $n\ge2$

$a_n$ 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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All the ternary n-words with an even sum of digits and a zero.

I'm trying to find a recursive formula for all the ternary (using ${0,1,2}$) sequences of length $n$ which contain at least one zero, and have an even sum of digits. My attempt so far is added below. ...
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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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Prove that $A_{100} \gt 14$ where $A_{n}=A_{n-1}+\frac{1}{A_{n-1}}$ and $A_1=1$

I tried attempting the question, and the best upper bound I could obtain was $1+\ln{98}$. I tried using $A_{n}\le n$ to form a harmonic series, but that wasn't strong enough. Any help would be ...
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How to evaluate $\lim_{ n\to \infty }\frac{a_n}{2^{n-1}}$, if $a_0=0$ and $a_{n+1}=a_n+\sqrt{a_n^2+1}$?

Let $a_1,a_2,..,a_n$ be sequence of real numbers such that $a_{n+1}=a_{n}+\sqrt{1+a_n^2}$ and $a_0=0$. How to evaluate $\lim_{ n\to \infty }\frac{a_n}{2^{n-1}}$ ?
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A recurrence relation problem: $\frac {a_{n-1}.a_{n+1}} {a_n^2} = 1 + \frac 1 n$

I need to solve this recurrence problem to find $a_n$ $\dfrac {a_{n-1}.a_{n+1}} {a_n^2} = 1 + \dfrac 1 n$ It is what I tried so far: $$\log (\dfrac {a_{n-1}.a_{n+1}} {a_n^2}) = \log(1 + \dfrac 1 ...
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How to solve this recurrence relation $a_{n+2} = \sqrt{a_{n+1}\cdot a_{n}}$?

I am trying to solve the recurrence: $$ a_{n+2} = \sqrt{a_{n+1}\cdot a_{n}} $$ but here is a problem for me. After few steps I have this: $$ a_n^2 = a_{n-1}\cdot a_{n-2} $$ and I don't now what to do ...
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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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How to solve this recurrence relation

What are some ways to solve this recurrence relation: $a(n+1)=2 a(n) - a(n-1) -1, \text{ with }a(0)=0, a(10)=0?$ I tried to first convert this inhomogeneous equation into a homogeneous one following ...
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Chain rule for discrete/finite calculus

In the context of discrete calculus, or calculus of finite differences, is there a theorem like the chain rule that can express the finite forward difference of a composition $∆(f\circ g)$ in ...
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Concrete Mathematics - Towers of Hanoi Recurrence Relation

I've decided to dive in Concrete Mathematics despite only doing a couple of years of undergraduate maths many years ago. I'm looking to work through all the material whilst plugging gaps in my ...
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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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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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convoluted recurrence: $f(2n)=f(n)+f(n+1)+n, f(2n+1)=f(n)+f(n-1)+1$

For the recurrence relation: $f(0)=1$ $f(1)=1$ $f(2)=2$ $f(2n)=f(n)+f(n+1)+n\ \ \ (\forall n>1)$ $f(2n+1)=f(n)+f(n-1)+1\ \ \ (\forall n\ge 1)$ (the first numbers of the sequence are: 1, 1, 2, ...
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The number of length-n ternary sequences with even ones and even zeroes

Just starting to appreciate recurrence relations Let $T_n = $ number of length-n ternary sequences with an even number of ones and an even number of zeroes. $T_0 = 1$, because $0$ is an even number, ...
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Inductive proof of the closed formula for the Fibonacci sequence [duplicate]

Fibonacci numbers $f(n)$ are defined recursively: $f(n) = f(n-1) +f(n-2)$ for $n > 2$ and $f(1) = 1$, $f(2) = 1$. They also admit a simple closed form: $$\sqrt 5 f( n ) = \left(\dfrac{1+ \sqrt ...
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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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What are linear homogeneous and non-homoegenous recurrence relations?

According to my book, linear homogeneous of order k is expressed this way: $$A_0a_n+A_1a_{n-1}+A_2a_{n-2}+\cdots+A_ka_{n-k}=0$$ While a linear non-homoegeous of order k is this way: ...
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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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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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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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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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Towers of Hanoi - are there configurations of $n$ disks that are more than $2^n - 1$ moves apart?

This is an exercise from Chapter 1 of "Concrete Mathematics". It concerns the Towers of Hanoi. Are there any starting and ending configurations of $n$ disks on three pegs that are more than $2^n - ...
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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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Solving a recurrence (with the form of a convolution) involving binomial coefficients

While dealing with a problem related to intersection of hyperplanes I have come across the following recurrence to obtain the values of $K_{j}$ \begin{array}{cccccccccc} 1 & = & ...
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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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Recurrence for expected length of Gaussian vector

Let $g_k \sim N(0, I_{k \times k})$ be a a standard $k$-dimensional Gaussian vector. Denote by $\|g\|$ the $2$-norm of $g$. By explicit integration, it is not hard to see that $$ \mathbb E \|g_k\| = ...
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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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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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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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Finding an explicit formula from a recursive formula.

I have the recurrence relation: $$g(k, 0, x) = k,$$ $$g(k, n, x) = \dfrac{1}{2} \log_{k}{\left(\dfrac{k^{g(k, n - 1, x)}x}{g(k, n - 1, x)}\right)},$$ and I would like to solve it, if it is ...
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Proving that the elements of $A^n$ matrix are non-zero

Let $ A = \begin{pmatrix} 1 & 2 \\-1 & 1 \\ \end{pmatrix}$. Prove that for every positive integer $n$ there exist integers $x_{n},y_{n}$ such that $A^n= \begin{pmatrix} x_{n} & -2y_{n} \\ ...
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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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How can I find $f(3)$ if $f(2x)=f^2(x)-2f(x)-\frac{1}{2}$?

If $f(2x)=f^2(x)-2f(x)-\frac{1}{2}$ and $f(1) = 2$ then find $f(3)$. Can you give me any hint that I can start with?