[seqfan] Re: Collatz-like problem with prime iterations
franktaw at netscape.net
franktaw at netscape.net
Sun Oct 30 06:03:44 CET 2011
The sequence is almost certainly unbounded. Just as there are believed
to be arbitrarily long sequences of primes with p_(n+1) = 2*p_n + 1
(the same for 2*p_n - 1), there are almost certainly arbitrarily long
sequences of primes with p_(n+1) = (3*p_n + 1) / 2.
Franklin T. Adams-Watters
-----Original Message-----
From: Vladimir Shevelev <shevelev at bgu.ac.il>
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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