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2nd difference sequence (Posted on 2005-10-22) Difficulty: 3 of 5
While working with a non-zero sequence recently, I noticed that when I found the second difference of the sequence, the result was identical to the original sequence. Specifically, the first term of the 2nd difference sequence was the same as the first term of the original sequence. And so on.
What is the limit (as n goes to infinity), of the ratio of the n-th term to the previous term?

Part 2
Another sequence has the property that each term of the 2nd difference sequence is equal to the corresponding term of the original sequence multiplied by "k", where k is a positive real number, not necessarily an integer.
For the original sequence, what is the ratio (in the limit) of the n-th term to the previous term?

Definition of 1st difference sequence:
For sequence: a(1), a(2), ..., a(n),...
1st difference is: a(2)-a(1), a(3)-a(2), ... a(n+1)-a(n),...

See The Solution Submitted by Larry    
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re: Hmmm... (technical solution to part one, but probably not the one in mind) | Comment 3 of 11 |
(In reply to Hmmm... (technical solution to part one, but probably not the one in mind) by Charlie)

Actually, I suspect there may be an infinite number of sequences that satisfy the condition in Part 1.  So there is no one sequence that is the "right" sequence.  The goal is to find the ratio of adjacent terms, in the limit.

Charlie and goFish correctly stated this ratio as "2", for the first part.
  Posted by Larry on 2005-10-23 15:55:37

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