[seqfan] Collatz-like problem with prime iterations
Vladimir Shevelev
shevelev at bgu.ac.il
Sat Oct 29 15:50:06 CEST 2011
Let P(n) be the maximal prime divisor of 3*n+1. For a given n, consider iterations p_1=P(n), p_2=P(p_1),
..., p_(k+1)=P(p_(k)),... I believe that, for every n, some iterate equals 2, when we stop the process.
E.g., for n=27, we have the following primes: 41,31,47,71,107,23,7,11,17,13,5,2. To every n>=1corresponds a set of primes.
The sequence of products of primes over these sets begins with 2, 170170, 10, 130, 2, 13394810, 24310,10,170170, etc.
Let t=t(n) be the smallest number of iterates such that P^t(n)<n (n>=3). The first numbers t(n) are t(3)=2, t(4)=3, t(5)=1, t(6)=6, t(7)=4, t(8)=1, t(9)=1, t(10)=6,...(I submitted A198724).
Is this sequence bounded? Even if the answer is in negative, the sequence of places of records of this sequence, most likely, grows very fast.
Regards,
Vladimir
Shevelev Vladimir
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