2004 AIME II Problems/Problem 9
Problem
A sequence of positive integers with and is formed so that the first three terms are in geometric progression, the second, third, and fourth terms are in arithmetic progression, and, in general, for all the terms are in geometric progression, and the terms and are in arithmetic progression. Let be the greatest term in this sequence that is less than . Find
Solution
Let ; then solving for the next several terms, we find that , and in general, , , where .^{[1]}
From , we find that by either the quadratic formula or trial-and-error/modular arithmetic that . Thus , and we need to find the largest such that either . This happens with , and this is the th term of the sequence.
The answer is .
^ We can show this by simultaneous induction: since and
See also
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