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Conferences The CTK Exchange Thoughts and Suggestions Topic #45
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Aug-25-08, 11:01 PM (EST)
"Collatz poem"
A Mathematician's Nightmare
...while odd ones climb
by half themselves
then half a dollar more
to keep the numbers whole.
(As you can check with the applet, the first time the price
happens to be lower than the original $27 comes on the 59th day.
Short time afterwards, on day 110, the iterations enter the
4, 2, 1 loop.)

Did you fail to notice that the poem is using (3n+1)/2?

There is no 4,2,1 loop. The loop would be 2,1.

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Aug-25-08, 11:08 PM (EST)
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1. "RE: Collatz poem"
In response to message #0
   >There is no 4,2,1 loop. The loop would be 2,1.

Yes, thank you.

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