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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Yes, the general form for a simple cf is

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

But how do you show that

and

are the same?

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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They are not the same obviously but we might be able to prove they both converge to the same thing.

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They said something about evaluating that first fraction at every second term, to get the second fraction...

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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And how does that prove they are the same?

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It doesn't but they are claiming there is a way to get the simple CF from the first one...

Or maybe just someone on Wikipedia typed it for the hell of it? Maybe that's why they didn't elaborate on what they meant exactly...

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I do not see any way right now of deriving one from the other.

But I can prove they both converge to the same thing.

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What methods of proof do you use?

Also, still nothing from adriana...

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Consider her dead meat.

It is possible to prove what they converge to by algebra and a little trickery.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

You may be right... this could venture into F territory. Something is wrong. Just a pity it ended so abruptly.

You mean trying to generate the CF?

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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No;

Take a look at the first cf and call it x

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Sorry, I had to take my sister to my grandmother's house.

I see, you just get the fraction on its own, invert it, and repeat, and you end up with a quadratic which has a root at x = √3. I imagine the same thing would work for the other CF.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

when you solve for x you get √3

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Yes, that is what I meant -- eventually when you follow those steps, you get the original fraction (x again).

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Yes, somewhere in th cf there will be a repeat of x. You just replace it and solve for x.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

That seems pretty handy to check if these Wikipedia CFs converge as they're supposed to... but, I suppose this method might be hairy if you have a long period, for large n, say.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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It is easier to use numerical methods and arrive at an experimental result.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

We looked at continued fractions and applying them to solve Pell's equation, are there any applications of infinite nested square roots? Those seem interesting too.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I do not know of any offhand apps but they are solved in the same way as a cf.

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Yes, I have read about them. The Wiki article is a lot shorter than the CFs one though.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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They are less useful apparently. CF's are very big in number theory and numerical analysis.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

What other things are they used for in number theory?

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Just for the Fermat - Pell equation as far as I know. But these are an important class of diophantine equations. They are more important I think in numerical analysis.

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A girl asked me what I was doing today in chemistry, I was trying to solve a Pell equation using one of my CFs. When I tried to show her what a CF was, she said "I'd rather paint my nails".

23:53, nothing from adriana at all. Sigh...

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Yikes, an intellectual!

I got another method for CF's.

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