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#1 2006-06-16 04:40:06

pal2006
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fill the series

2,3,10,39,172,?
what will be the next no.?and how?

#2 2006-06-16 04:57:55

luca-deltodesco
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Re: fill the series

pal2006 wrote:

2,3,10,39,172,?
what will be the next no.?and how?

ive tried loads of things, but im stumped

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#3 2006-06-16 05:30:44

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Re: fill the series

And so is the online encyclopedia of integer sequences.  Where is this sequence coming from?  A math textbook?  A teacher?  You just put a bunch of numbers next to each other?

"In the real world, this would be a problem.  But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist.  So we'll go ahead and do that now..."

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#4 2006-06-16 06:52:22

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Re: fill the series

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#5 2006-06-16 11:57:09

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Re: fill the series

Maybe not an integer sequence ... could be real numbers and the sequence is exponential.

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#6 2006-06-16 14:25:48

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Re: fill the series

Huh?  All of the numbers given are integers.  Are you suggesting the numbers on down the line can be decimals?

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#7 2006-06-18 01:03:49

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Re: fill the series

The answer is veeeeery logical and in my opinion very simple... You just have to see those numbers in a different way,

If u still havent found what u are looking for:
SPOILER!!!

Try to add two of numbers with eachother...

#8 2006-06-18 02:42:19

numen
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Re: fill the series

jukka, I thought I had it too. But it doesn't work with the last number 172, I get it to something else am I missing something?

Edit: Nevermind, I got it now

Last edited by numen (2006-06-18 03:00:45)

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#9 2006-06-18 04:58:59

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Re: fill the series

numen wrote:

jukka, I thought I had it too. But it doesn't work with the last number 172, I get it to something else am I missing something?

Edit: Nevermind, I got it now

well i dunno about the nevermind, but when i first posted, i thought i had got it with adding the numbers via

u[n] = (n-1)(u[n-1]+u[n-2])

i.e

u[3] = 2*(2+3) = 10
u[4] = 3*(10+3) = 39
u[5] = 4*(39+10) = 186 =/= 172, and then i realised it was wrong

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#10 2006-06-18 07:38:03

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Bang postponed. Not big enough. Reboot.

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