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## #1 2006-07-27 12:04:40

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### Prove It!

Prove that any positive integer can be expressed as a sum of terms in the Fibonacci sequence without using any term more than once.

For example:

161803 = 121393 + 28657 + 10946 + 610 + 144 + 34 + 13 + 5 + 1

These are the 26th, 23rd, 21st, 15th, 12th, 9th, 5th and 2nd terms in the Fibonacci sequence.

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## #2 2006-08-10 01:27:09

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### Re: Prove It!

Great question.  I've never tried this before, so here goes nothing:

If you don't understand this, or induction proofs in general, let me know.

This proof also outlines how you should come up with such summations.  We can do 1 to 5 by:

1: 1
2: 1 + 1
3: 2 + 1
4: 3 + 1
5: 3 + 2

Now we want to go from 5 to 8.  All we do is take our first 3, and add 5 to them.   We can do this since we know 5 can't be in any of them (since they are less than 5):

6: 5 + 1
7: 5 + 1 + 1
8: 5 + 2 + 1

Now we can do the same thing to get to 13:

9: 8 + 1
10: 8 + 1 + 1
11: 8 + 2 + 1
12: 8 + 3 + 1
13: 8 + 3 + 2

And by the proof above, this must work for all numbers.

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## #3 2006-08-10 08:43:00

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### Re: Prove It!

Ricky, your LaTeX goes off the page, you might want to make it easier to read. Otherwise, everything looks good.

## #4 2006-08-10 10:34:59

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### Re: Prove It!

I think that has to do with your screen resolution.  Try changing it and see if it helps.

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## #5 2006-08-10 11:30:04

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### Re: Prove It!

I can't get it any better on this monitor . I wonder if there is a way to make LaTeX work for everyone's point of view. Equations will wrap, why doesn't \mbox{}?

## #6 2006-08-24 08:15:00

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### Re: Prove It!

The latex goes the page indeed.

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## #7 2006-08-24 08:20:00

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### Re: Prove It!

And there's more generalized result: Zeckendorf's theorem

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