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## Revision as of 04:14, 30 January 2021

A **Farey sequence** of order is the sequence of all completely reduced fractions between 0 and 1 where, when in lowest terms, each fraction has a denominator less than or equal to . Each fraction starts with 0, denoted by the fraction 0/1, and ends in 1, denoted by the fraction 1/1.

## Examples

Farey sequences of orders 1-4 are:

Where denotes a Farey sequence of order .

## Proof Sketch

Which is bigger, or ?

Which is bigger, or ?

Do you see a pattern?

## Properties

### Sequence length

A Farey sequence of any order contains all terms in a Farey sequence of lower order. More specifically, contains all the terms in . Also, contains an extra term for every number less than relatively prime to . Thus, we can write

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