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## #1 2005-12-31 06:38:38

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What is the sum of the following.

squr(1+(squr(1+(squr(1+(squr(1+(squr(1+(squr(1+(...

## #2 2005-12-31 06:50:18

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There is no sum since the series diverges.  Conceptually it approaches infinity.

## #3 2005-12-31 06:52:16

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Let

squr(1+(squr(1+(squr(1+(squr(1+(squr(1+(squr(1+(...) = x

[squr(1+(squr(1+(squr(1+(squr(1+(squr(1+(squr(1+(...)]^2 = x^2

(1+(squr(1+(squr(1+(squr(1+(squr(1+(squr(1+(...) = x^2

(squr(1+(squr(1+(squr(1+(squr(1+(squr(1+(...) = x^2 - 1

As we already said,  squr(1+(squr(1+(squr(1+(squr(1+(squr(1+(squr(1+(...) = x

so

x = x^2 -1

x^2 - x - 1 = 0

x = (-(-1) + squr( 1 - 4*1*(-1)))/(2*1) or x = (-(-1) - squr( 1 - 4*1*(-1)))/(2*1)

x = (1+ squr (5))/2 or  x = (1 - squr (5))/2

x = 1.618 or x = -0.618

x = -0.618 won't work since it is negative number, so the sum is 1.618.

## #4 2005-12-31 07:04:36

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siva:  that is a very interesting approach and one that i'm not too sure if it's true, however, it looks like you found the x-intercept and not the summation.

## #5 2005-12-31 07:19:07

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Great!
Siva is right!
Well done, Siva!

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## #6 2005-12-31 07:19:32

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thanks, krassi_holmz

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## #7 2005-12-31 07:31:29

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siva.eas, your answer works if there is a final term in the sequence and that it is indeed 1.  But exactly how one would show that a final term exists at infinity is beyond me for this equation.

## #8 2005-12-31 08:04:44

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Number of the form

Herschfeld (1935) proved that a nested radical of real nonnegative  terms converges iff
is bounded

Last edited by krassi_holmz (2005-12-31 08:13:42)

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## #9 2005-12-31 08:09:12

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I tried it in Excel, and it reaches 1.618034 after 20 terms ...

So perhaps the answer is The Golden Mean.

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## #10 2005-12-31 08:34:53

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I forgot to put the url back:
http://mathworld.wolfram.com/GoldenRatio.html

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## #11 2005-12-31 12:31:31

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Funny, we never heard back from the person who asked the question.

## #12 2005-12-31 20:39:27

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He'll call back.

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## #13 2006-01-01 07:21:09

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Unless he's rude, in which case he'll look at the answer and not bother to thank us. It's been known to happen.

Why did the vector cross the road?
It wanted to be normal.

## #14 2006-01-01 08:23:40

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"thank us" ???

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## #15 2006-01-01 08:26:20

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Well, us as a forum community. You knew what I meant.

Why did the vector cross the road?
It wanted to be normal.

## #16 2006-01-01 09:19:34

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Just a joke.

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## #17 2006-01-01 11:09:45

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I do not think he is ever goint to reply back. It has been about 30 hours now.

## #18 2006-01-03 12:51:14

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Nope, definitely not

## #19 2006-01-03 14:04:59

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Heh, 30 hours?  Jeez, talk about no patience...

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