Saturday, November 5, 2011

Fibonacci Day: Even Fibonacci Numbers

Today is a Fibonacci Day. It is the fifth of November and five is a Fibonacci number. Let's move on from the squares of Fibonacci numbers and just deal with plain old Fibonacci numbers. Here they are:

1  2  3  4  5  6   7    8    9   10  11   12
1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144

Which Fibonacci numbers are even? Well, we've got the 2, 8, 34, 144... Which numbers are those? They are F3, F6, F9, and F12. This time, the pattern is right in our faces!! They are all multiples of three! Why on earth is that?

Notice that the first three Fibonacci numbers follow the pattern of odd-odd-even. The next one is made up by adding the previous two. So, an odd plus an even is an odd. Then, the even plus the odd makes another odd. Then, the odd plus the odd makes an even. And we are back to where we started, odd-odd-even.

What's interesting is that every fourth Fibonacci number is a multiple of three. Every fifth Fibonacci number is a multiple of five. Every sixth Fibonacci number is a multiple of eight. Every seventh Fibonacci number is a multiple of thirteen, and the only multiples of thirteen! I think that is pretty cool!!

I'm not sure why that pattern continues, but if you know, please tell us. It would be pretty cool to see.

Bonus Proof: Since that was pretty short and simple, I'd like to show you one more little thing. You've probably seen that x^0 = 1, and wondered why. Why isn't it like zero or something? Well, let's take the number x/x. How do we simplify that?

Some people might say, it's a number over the same number, and everything over itself is one. That is absolutely correct. However, you might tackle it a little more algebraically, and realize that you have the same base raised to an exponent. You have x^1/x^1. We can use the law of exponents to subtract the 1 from the 1 to get 0, giving us x^0.

One way, we got one. The other way gave us x^0. Either way, we have that x^0 = 1. I thought that was pretty cool.

1 comment:

  1. You, my friend, are pretty cool and finally I found someone who blog things that are great to know...Keep it up!!!!!!!!!
    I started doing the pattern myself and it's just really cool.