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How about $\dfrac{i^n + (-i)^n}{2}$? (Of course, that is arguably just trigonometry in disguise). Or as a recurrence: $a_n = -a_{n-2}$ with $(a_0,a_1)=(1,0)$. Or $\begin{bmatrix}1 & 0\end{bmatrix}\begin{bmatrix}0&-1\\1&0\end{bmatrix}^n\begin{bmatrix}1\\0\end{bmatrix}$? (Which can be viewed as a better-disguised version of either of the two ...


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Whether this is simplest will depend on exactly what you mean, but the following is a pretty simple description. It's certainly simpler than anything involving trig functions. $$a_n=\begin{cases} 0 & \text{if n is odd} \\ 1 & \text{if n is divisible by 4} \\ -1 & \text{otherwise} \end{cases}$$


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\begin{align} 3^{27}=3(3^{26})=3(9^{13})& =3(10-1)^{13} \\ & \equiv 3((-1)^{13}+13(-1)^{12}(10)+\binom{13}{2}(-1)^{11}(10^2)) \pmod{1000} \\ & \equiv 3(-1+130-7800) \pmod{1000} \\ & \equiv 987 \pmod{1000} \\ \end{align} Edit: The same method (using binomial theorem) can easily be applied to $3^n$, even for large $n$. \begin{align} ...


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What could possibly be easier than $\Re(i^n)$, $n=0,1,\ldots$?


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"Guess the next term" is very often not a proper mathematics problem, and I would agree with your teacher that it is not a proper mathematics problem in this case (but a diverting puzzle among friends). However, the sequence has surprising properties about the limit proportions of 1s and 2s that would be "true" mathematics problems for any mathematician and ...


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You can look up integer sequences at OEIS: http://oeis.org/A056805 So your sequence is "Numbers $n$ such that $6*10^n+1$ is prime". I assume you're looking for a formula, but if there was a closed-form expression for these numbers, we could find arbitrarily large prime numbers! The largest known prime has 12978189 digits and right now there is a 250,000 ...


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$$\frac{1}{2} \left((-1)^{(n-1) n/2}+(-1)^{n (n+1)/2}\right)$$


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In this case: consider sequence $$ a_n = 15 \cdot p_n, $$ where $p_n$ is $n$-th prime number. $a_n$: $\color{gray}{30, 45, 75, 105,} 165, 195, 255, 285, 345, \color{red}{435}, ...$


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I'm saying that $\color{red}{\text{435}}$ is the answer to the question. Why? Consider the polynomial $$\large p(x)=-\frac{3x^5}{2}+\frac{55x^4}{2}-\frac{375x^3}{2}+\frac{1175x^2}{2}-786x+525$$ Here is a table of values of $p(x)$ on consecutive $x$. $\begin{array}{|l|c|c|c|c|c|c|}\hline x & 1 & 2& 3& 4& 5&6\\ \hline ...


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If you have a sequence and have a linear recursion formula generating the sequence, then you can easily transform it into a closed form solution using one of many methods available. In your case let us start with the simplest recursion: $a_0=1,a_1=0,a_n=-a_{n-2},n\ge 2$. The easiest (if you have access to a computer) way to obtain a closed form solution is ...


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The specific sequence is not essential. You are asking how to construct a function with period 4. Linear combinations of shifts of one $n$-periodic function can be used to write down any other $n$-periodic function, so they are all equally good in that sense. The trouble is to get at a sequence with period 4 without basing it on another one already known ...


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It's known as the look-and-say sequence.


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This is just the sequence of positive integers expressed in base two: $a_n$ is the base-two representation of the positive integer $n$. There's not really much more to be said.


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If you can multiply a 3-digit number by $3$ without a calculator, then you can answer the question without a calculator. Just start with $1$, multiply by $3$ $27$ times, keeping only the last three digits. $1,3,9,27,81,243,729,187$, and so on.


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Let $p(n)$ be the $n$th term in the sequence. Clearly, this sequence follows the formula: $$\begin{align} p(x) &= \frac{600631 x^{19}}{121645100408832000}-\frac{791723 x^{18}}{800296713216000}+\frac{196988587 x^{17}}{2134124568576000}\\ &-\frac{41785811 x^{16}}{7846046208000}+\frac{8219611 x^{15}}{38626689024}-\frac{49026370303 ...


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Another approach but it's just mere an intuitive one.


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Set $g_n=p_{n+1}-p_n$, where $p_n$ is the series of prime numbers, with $p_1=2$. Then $$ p_1+\sum_{i=1}^n g_i=\sum_{i=1}^n g_i+2=p_{n+1}. $$ So the conjecture is obviously true, but not useful.


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Note that $1+3+4+9=17$ and $1+7+1+0=9$.


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The $n$th term of your sequence is the $10^{n}$th term of A000292, that is your $n$th term is $$\frac{10^n(10^n+1)(10^n+2)}{6} $$


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A suggestion : \begin{array}{cc} 2^3+4&12\\ 3^4+3&84\\ 4^5+2&1026\\ 5^6+1&15626\\ \end{array}


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First of all notice that $f(x):=x^n+(x-1)^n=0$ is equivalent to $(\frac{x-1}{x})^n+1=0$. The roots $f$ are therefore of the form $x=1/(1-y)$ where $y$ are the roots of $y^n+1=0$, so the Galois group is the same as for the polynomial $x^n+1$. I'm not sure what "Galois group of a polynomial" is when the polynomial is reducible, so let me determine the Galois ...


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Standard self-similarity Fractals are often constructed using a recursive procedure and self-similar sets in particular, are always constructed this way. I think that most folks working in fractal geometry would guess that your picture implies a recursive construction like so: Note that the first set is an initial seed. The second set is composed of ...


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We have $$<1,2,3,...,n> \cdot <n,n-1,n-2,...,1> $$ $$= \sum_{i=1}^n (n+1-i)i = \sum_{i=1}^n i(n+1) - \sum_{i=1}^n i^2$$ $$= (n+1) \frac{1}{2}n(n+1) - \frac{1}{6}n(n+1)(2n+1) = \frac{1}{6}n(n+1)(n+2).$$ Replacing $n$ by $10^n$ yields the general term of your sequence.


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Hint: You can express it by $n^{a_n}$, where the $a_n$ give the appropriate power needed. For $n$ even, you want $a_n=1$ and for $n$ odd, you want $n=-1$ (recall $x^{-y}=1/x^y$). So what formula gives $1,-1,1,-1,\ldots$?


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There will be a pattern to the last three digits of a power of 3, in general. However, that pattern may not necessarily show itself within the first 27 terms. However, here's something you can do instead to solve your problem: $$\begin{align} \text{ last 3 digits of } 3^{27} &= \text{ last 3 digits of } (3^3)^9\\ &= \text{ last 3 digits of } 27^9\\ ...


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There are some interesting patterns, so I would say that it is proper mathematics. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Look-and-say_sequence http://www.ams.org/journals/era/1997-03-11/S1079-6762-97-00026-7/home.html


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According to Ian Stewart's Galois Theory, Conway proved in 1985 that if L(n) is the length of the n'th term in this sequence, L(n) satisfies a 72-term recurrence relation, which implies that L(n) is proportional to $\alpha^n$ (for large $n$) where $\alpha \cong 1.303577$ is the smallest solution of a polynomial with integer coefficients of degre 71. He gives ...


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My favourite is $(-1)^{\frac{n-1}{2}}(n \text{ mod } 2 )$. Seems quite tidy compared to other possible expressions.



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