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Additional problems in PDF format.
Let F(n) be the nth Fibonacci number, let p be a prime number distinct from 2 and 5, and let k(p) denote the period of the Fibonacci sequence modulo p (Pisano period).
Prove that for any non-negative integer n:
p3 divides ((p2-1)F(k(p)n)/k(p))-nF(p2-1)
The following Pari/GP code is part of a new problem still in revision.
Comments, references and external links
- A problem proposed by me in The Prime Puzzles and
Problems Connection, can be found here.
- The identity x4+y4+(x+y)4=2(x2+xy+y2)2, which is related to Problem 5, is known as "Proth's identity".
A slight variant of this result is "Candido's identity". See the following extract from the article:
Equal Sums of Three Fourth Powers or What Ramanujan Could Have Said. Note that the reference would
indicate Volumen 2 instead of 3. The book History of the Theory of Numbers (Volume 2) by Leonard E. Dickson can be found here.
- Link of interest:
Sums of Powers in Terms of Symmetric Functions.
- Several problems are now included in the Handbook of Mathematical Induction: Theory and Applications.
- Sequence A002715 in OEIS is related to the cn's mentioned in Problem 2 (newproblems.pdf file). The closed formula is:
A002715(2n+1)=L(2n+2), where L(n) is the nth Lucas number. This can be proved using a variant of induction. We have to prove that the property is true for n=0, and then prove something of the form P(2k)=>P(2k+1) and P(2k-1)=>P(2k).
See also sequence A001510, whose closed form can be found in the Fibonacci Quarterly article given as a reference. Note that the relation mentioned between both sequences is correct.
See PHP Script for Problem 21.