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**All_Is_Number****Member**- Registered: 2006-07-10
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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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**Ricky****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-12-04
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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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**Zhylliolom****Real Member**- Registered: 2005-09-05
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Ricky, your LaTeX goes off the page, you might want to make it easier to read. Otherwise, everything looks good.

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**Ricky****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-12-04
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I think that has to do with your screen resolution. Try changing it and see if it helps.

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**Zhylliolom****Real Member**- Registered: 2005-09-05
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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{}?

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**krassi_holmz****Real Member**- Registered: 2005-12-02
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The latex goes the page indeed.

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**krassi_holmz****Real Member**- Registered: 2005-12-02
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And there's more generalized result: Zeckendorf's theorem

*Last edited by krassi_holmz (2006-08-23 10:20:40)*

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