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A tiling with squares whose sides are successive Fibonacci numbers in length
A Fibonacci spiral, created by drawing arcs connecting the opposite corners of squares in the Fibonacci tiling shown above; see Golden spiral


In mathematics, the Fibonacci numbers are a sequence of numbers named after Leonardo of Pisa, known as Fibonacci, whose Liber Abaci published in 1202 introduced the sequence to Western European mathematics.

The sequence is defined by the following recurrence relation:

F(n):={\begin{cases}0&{\mbox{if }}n=0;\\1&{\mbox{if }}n=1;\\F(n-1)+F(n-2)&{\mbox{if }}n>1.\\\end{cases}}

That is, after two starting values, each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers. The first Fibonacci numbers (sequence A000045 in OEIS), also denoted as Fn, for n = 0, 1, 2, … , are:

0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610, 987, 1597, 2584, 4181, 6765, 10946, 17711, 28657, 46368, 75025, 121393, ...<ref> By modern convention, the sequence begins with F0=0. The Liber Abici began the sequence with F1 = 1, omitting the initial 0, and the sequence is still written this way by some.</ref>

Each third number of the series is an even number.

The sequence named after Fibonacci was first described in Indian mathematics.<ref>Parmanand Singh. "Acharya Hemachandra and the (so called) Fibonacci Numbers". Math. Ed. Siwan, 20(1):28-30, 1986. ISSN 0047-6269]</ref><ref>Parmanand Singh,"The So-called Fibonacci numbers in ancient and medieval India." Historia Mathematica 12(3), 229–44, 1985.</ref>

The sequence extended to negative index n satisfies Fn = Fn−1 + Fn−2 for all integers n, and F-n = (−1)n+1Fn:

.., -8, 5, -3, 2, -1, 1, followed by the sequence above.

Origins

The Fibonacci numbers first appeared, under the name mātrāmeru (mountain of cadence), in the work of the Sanskrit grammarian Pingala (Chandah-shāstra, the Art of Prosody, 450 or 200 BC). Prosody was important in ancient Indian ritual because of an emphasis on the purity of utterance. The Indian mathematician Virahanka (6th century AD) showed how the Fibonacci sequence arose in the analysis of metres with long and short syllables. Subsequently, the Jain philosopher Hemachandra (c.1150) composed a well-known text on these. A commentary on Virahanka's work by Gopāla in the 12th century also revisits the problem in some detail.

Sanskrit vowel sounds can be long (L) or short (S), and Virahanka's analysis, which came to be known as mātrā-vṛtta, wishes to compute how many metres (mātrās) of a given overall length can be composed of these syllables. If the long syllable is twice as long as the short, the solutions are:

1 mora: S (1 pattern)
2 morae: SS; L (2)
3 morae: SSS, SL; LS (3)
4 morae: SSSS, SSL, SLS; LSS, LL (5)
5 morae: SSSSS, SSSL, SSLS, SLSS, SLL; LSSS, LSL, LLS (8)
6 morae: SSSSSS, SSSSL, SSSLS, SSLSS, SLSSS, LSSSS, SSLL, SLSL, SLLS, LSSL, LSLS, LLSS, LLL (13)
7 morae: SSSSSSS, SSSSSL, SSSSLS, SSSLSS, SSLSSS, SLSSSS, LSSSSS, SSSLL, SSLSL, SLSSL, LSSSL, SSLLS, SLSLS, LSSLS, SLLSS, LSLSS, LLSSS, SLLL, LSLL, LLSL, LLLS (21)

A pattern of length n can be formed by adding S to a pattern of length n−1, or L to a pattern of length n−2; and the prosodicists showed that the number of patterns of length n is the sum of the two previous numbers in the series. Donald Knuth reviews this work in The Art of Computer Programming as equivalent formulations of the bin packing problem for items of lengths 1 and 2.

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Relation to the golden ratio

Closed form expression

Like every sequence defined by linear recurrence, the Fibonacci numbers have a closed-form solution. It has become known as Binet's formula, even though it was already known by Abraham de Moivre:

F\left(n\right)={{\varphi ^{n}-(1-\varphi )^{n}} \over {{\sqrt  5}}}={{\varphi ^{n}-(-\varphi )^{{-n}}} \over {{\sqrt  5}}}\,, where \varphi is the golden ratio (note, that 1-\varphi =-1/\varphi , as can be seen from the defining equation below).

The Fibonacci recursion

F(n+2)-F(n+1)-F(n)=0\,

is similar to the defining equation of the golden ratio in the form

x^{2}-x-1=0,\,

which is also known as the generating polynomial of the recursion.

Proof by induction

Any root of the equation above satisfies {\begin{matrix}x^{2}=x+1,\end{matrix}}\, and multiplying by x^{{n-1}}\, shows:

x^{{n+1}}=x^{n}+x^{{n-1}}\,

By definition \varphi is a root of the equation, and the other root is 1-\varphi =-1/\varphi \,.. Therefore:

\varphi ^{{n+1}}=\varphi ^{n}+\varphi ^{{n-1}}\,

and

(1-\varphi )^{{n+1}}=(1-\varphi )^{n}+(1-\varphi )^{{n-1}}\,.

Both \varphi ^{{n}} and (1-\varphi )^{{n}}=(-1/\varphi )^{{n}} are geometric series (for n = 1, 2, 3, ...) that satisfy the Fibonacci recursion. The first series grows exponentially; the second exponentially tends to zero, with alternating signs. Because the Fibonacci recursion is linear, any linear combination of these two series will also satisfy the recursion. These linear combinations form a two-dimensional linear vector space; the original Fibonacci sequence can be found in this space.

Linear combinations of series \varphi ^{{n}} and (1-\varphi )^{{n}}, with coefficients a and b, can be defined by

F_{{a,b}}(n)=a\varphi ^{n}+b(1-\varphi )^{n} for any real a,b\,.

All thus-defined series satisfy the Fibonacci recursion

{\begin{aligned}F_{{a,b}}(n+1)&=a\varphi ^{{n+1}}+b(1-\varphi )^{{n+1}}\\&=a(\varphi ^{{n}}+\varphi ^{{n-1}})+b((1-\varphi )^{{n}}+(1-\varphi )^{{n-1}})\\&=a{\varphi ^{{n}}+b(1-\varphi )^{{n}}}+a{\varphi ^{{n-1}}+b(1-\varphi )^{{n-1}}}\\&=F_{{a,b}}(n)+F_{{a,b}}(n-1)\,.\end{aligned}}

Requiring that F_{{a,b}}(0)=0 and F_{{a,b}}(1)=1 yields a=1/{\sqrt  5} and b=-1/{\sqrt  5}, resulting in the formula of Binet we started with. It has been shown that this formula satisfies the Fibonacci recursion. Furthermore, an explicit check can be made:

F_{{a,b}}(0)={\frac  {1}{{\sqrt  5}}}-{\frac  {1}{{\sqrt  5}}}=0\,\!

and

F_{{a,b}}(1)={\frac  {\varphi }{{\sqrt  5}}}-{\frac  {(1-\varphi )}{{\sqrt  5}}}={\frac  {-1+2\varphi }{{\sqrt  5}}}={\frac  {-1+(1+{\sqrt  5})}{{\sqrt  5}}}=1,

establishing the base cases of the induction, proving that

F(n)={{\varphi ^{n}-(1-\varphi )^{n}} \over {{\sqrt  5}}} for all n\,.

Therefore, for any two starting values, a combination a,b can be found such that the function F_{{a,b}}(n)\, is the exact closed formula for the series.

Computation by rounding

Since {\begin{matrix}|1-\varphi |^{n}/{\sqrt  5}<1/2\end{matrix}} for all n\geq 0, the number F(n) is the closest integer to \varphi ^{n}/{\sqrt  5}\,. Therefore it can be found by rounding, or in terms of the floor function:

F(n)={\bigg \lfloor }{\frac  {\varphi ^{n}}{{\sqrt  5}}}+{\frac  {1}{2}}{\bigg \rfloor }.

Limit of consecutive quotients

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\lim _{{n\to \infty }}{\frac  {F(n+1)}{F(n)}}=\varphi ,

This convergence does not depend on the starting values chosen, excluding 0, 0.

Proof:

It follows from the explicit formula that for any real a\neq 0,\,b\neq 0\,

{\begin{aligned}\lim _{{n\to \infty }}{\frac  {F_{{a,b}}(n+1)}{F_{{a,b}}(n)}}&=\lim _{{n\to \infty }}{\frac  {a\varphi ^{{n+1}}-b(1-\varphi )^{{n+1}}}{a\varphi ^{n}-b(1-\varphi )^{n}}}\\&=\lim _{{n\to \infty }}{\frac  {a\varphi -b(1-\varphi )({\frac  {1-\varphi }{\varphi }})^{n}}{a-b({\frac  {1-\varphi }{\varphi }})^{n}}}\\&=\varphi \end{aligned}}

because {\bigl |}{{\tfrac  {1-\varphi }{\varphi }}}{\bigr |}<1 and thus \lim _{{n\to \infty }}\left({\tfrac  {1-\varphi }{\varphi }}\right)^{n}=0.

Decomposition of powers of the golden ratio

Since the golden ratio satisfies the equation

\varphi ^{2}=\varphi +1,\,

this expression can be used to decompose higher powers \varphi ^{n} as a linear function of lower powers, which in turn can be decomposed all the way down to a linear combination of \varphi and 1. The resulting recurrence relationships yield Fibonacci numbers as the linear coefficients, thus closing the loop:

\varphi ^{n}=F(n)\varphi +F(n-1).

This expression is also true for n\,<\,1\, if the Fibonacci sequence F(n)\, is extended to negative integers using the Fibonacci rule F(n)=F(n-1)+F(n-2).\,

Matrix form

A 2-dimensional system of linear difference equations that describes the Fibonacci sequence is

{F_{{k+2}} \choose F_{{k+1}}}={\begin{pmatrix}1&1\\1&0\end{pmatrix}}{F_{{k+1}} \choose F_{{k}}}

or

{\vec  F}_{{k+1}}=A{\vec  F}_{{k}}.\,

The eigenvalues of the matrix A are \varphi \,\! and (1-\varphi )\,\!, and the elements of the eigenvectors of A, {\varphi  \choose 1} and {1 \choose -\varphi }, are in the ratios \varphi \,\! and (1-\varphi \,\!).

This matrix has a determinant of −1, and thus it is a 2×2 unimodular matrix. This property can be understood in terms of the continued fraction representation for the golden ratio:

\varphi =1+{\cfrac  {1}{1+{\cfrac  {1}{1+{\cfrac  {1}{\;\;\ddots \,}}}}}}\;.

The Fibonacci numbers occur as the ratio of successive convergents of the continued fraction for \varphi \,\!, and the matrix formed from successive convergents of any continued fraction has a determinant of +1 or −1.

The matrix representation gives the following closed expression for the Fibonacci numbers:

{\begin{pmatrix}1&1\\1&0\end{pmatrix}}^{n}={\begin{pmatrix}F_{{n+1}}&F_{n}\\F_{n}&F_{{n-1}}\end{pmatrix}}.

Taking the determinant of both sides of this equation yields Cassini's identity

F_{{n+1}}F_{{n-1}}-F_{n}^{2}=(-1)^{n}.\,

Additionally, since A^{n}A^{m}=A^{{m+n}} for any square matrix A, the following identities can be derived:

{F_{n}}^{2}+{F_{{n-1}}}^{2}=F_{{2n-1}},\,
F_{{n+1}}F_{{m}}+F_{n}F_{{m-1}}=F_{{m+n}}.\,

Recognizing Fibonacci numbers

Occasionally, the question may arise whether a positive integer z is a Fibonacci number. Since F(n) is the closest integer to \varphi ^{n}/{\sqrt  {5}}, the most straightforward, brute-force test is the identity

F{\bigg (}{\bigg \lfloor }\log _{\varphi }({\sqrt  {5}}z)+{\frac  {1}{2}}{\bigg \rfloor }{\bigg )}=z,

which is true if and only if z is a Fibonacci number.

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A slightly more sophisticated test uses the fact that the convergents of the continued fraction representation of \varphi are ratios of successive Fibonacci numbers, that is the inequality

{\bigg |}\varphi -{\frac  {p}{q}}{\bigg |}<{\frac  {1}{q^{2}}}

(with coprime positive integers p, q) is true if and only if p and q are successive Fibonacci numbers. From this one derives the criterion that z is a Fibonacci number if and only if the closed interval

{\bigg [}\varphi z-{\frac  {1}{z}},\varphi z+{\frac  {1}{z}}{\bigg ]}

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Identities

  1. F(n + 1) = F(n) + F(n − 1)
  2. F(0) + F(1) + F(2) + … + F(n) = F(n + 2) − 1
  3. F(1) + 2 F(2) + 3 F(3) + … + n F(n) = n F(n + 2) − F(n + 3) + 2
  4. F(0)² + F(1)² + F(2)² + … + F(n)² = F(n) F(n + 1)

These identities can be proven using many different methods. But, among all, we wish to present an elegant proof for each of them using combinatorial arguments here. In particular, F(n) can be interpreted as the number of ways summing 1's and 2's to n − 1, with the convention that F(0) = 0, meaning no sum will add up to −1, and that F(1) = 1, meaning the empty sum will "add up" to 0. Here the order of the summands matters. For example, 1 + 2 and 2 + 1 are considered two different sums and are counted twice.

Proof of the first identity

Without loss of generality, we may assume n ≥ 1. Then F(n + 1) counts the number of ways summing 1's and 2's to n.

When the first summand is 1, there are F(n) ways to complete the counting for n − 1; and when the first summand is 2, there are F(n − 1) ways to complete the counting for n − 2. Thus, in total, there are F(n) + F(n − 1) ways to complete the counting for n.

Proof of the second identity

We count the number of ways summing 1's and 2's to n + 1 such that at least one of the summands is 2.

As before, there are F(n + 2) ways summing 1's and 2's to n + 1 when n ≥ 0. Since there is only one sum of n + 1 that does not use any 2, namely 1 + … + 1 (n + 1 terms), we subtract 1 from F(n + 2).

Equivalently, we can consider the first occurrence of 2 as a summand. If, in a sum, the first summand is 2, then there are F(n) ways to the complete the counting for n − 1. If the second summand is 2 but the first is 1, then there are F(n − 1) ways to complete the counting for n − 2. Proceed in this fashion. Eventually we consider the (n + 1)th summand. If it is 2 but all of the previous n summands are 1's, then there are F(0) ways to complete the counting for 0. If a sum contains 2 as a summand, the first occurrence of such summand must take place in between the first and (n + 1)th position. Thus F(n) + F(n − 1) + … + F(0) gives the desired counting.

Proof of the third identity

This identity can be established in two stages. First, we count the number of ways summing 1s and 2s to −1, 0, …, or n + 1 such that at least one of the summands is 2.

By our second identity, there are F(n + 2) − 1 ways summing to n + 1; F(n + 1) − 1 ways summing to n; …; and, eventually, F(2) − 1 way summing to 1. As F(1) − 1 = F(0) = 0, we can add up all n + 1 sums and apply the second identity again to obtain

   [F(n + 2) − 1] + [F(n + 1) − 1] + … + [F(2) − 1]
= [F(n + 2) − 1] + [F(n + 1) − 1] + … + [F(2) − 1] + [F(1) − 1] + F(0)
= F(n + 2) + [F(n + 1) + … + F(1) + F(0)] − (n + 2)
= F(n + 2) + F(n + 3) − (n + 2).

On the other hand, we observe from the second identity that there are

  • F(0) + F(1) + … + F(n − 1) + F(n) ways summing to n + 1;
  • F(0) + F(1) + … + F(n − 1) ways summing to n;

……

  • F(0) way summing to −1.

Adding up all n + 1 sums, we see that there are

  • (n + 1) F(0) + n F(1) + … + F(n) ways summing to −1, 0, …, or n + 1.

Since the two methods of counting refer to the same number, we have

(n + 1) F(0) + n F(1) + … + F(n) = F(n + 2) + F(n + 3) − (n + 2)

Finally, we complete the proof by subtracting the above identity from n + 1 times the second identity.

Identity for doubling n

There is a very simple formula for doubling n :F_{{2n}}=F_{{n+1}}^{2}-F_{{n-1}}^{2}=F_{n}(F_{{n+1}}+F_{{n-1}}). <ref>Fibonacci Number - from Wolfram MathWorld</ref>

Another identity useful for calculating Fn for large values of n is

F_{{2n+k}}=F_{k}F_{{n+1}}^{2}+2F_{{k-1}}F_{{n+1}}F_{n}+F_{{k-2}}F_{n}^{2}

for all integers n and k. Dijkstra<ref>E. W. Dijkstra (1978). In honour of Fibonacci. Report EWD654.</ref> points out that doubling identities of this type can be used to calculate Fn using O(log n) arithmetic operations. Notice that, with the definition of Fibonacci numbers with negative n given in the introduction, this formula reduces to the double n formula when k = 0.

(From practical standpoint it should be noticed that the calculation involves manipulation of numbers with length (number of digits) {{\rm {\Theta }}}(n)\,. Thus the actual performance depends mainly upon efficiency of the implemented long multiplication, and usually is {{\rm {\Theta }}}(n\,\log n) or {{\rm {\Theta }}}(n^{{\log _{2}3}}).)

Other identities

Other identities include relationships to the Lucas numbers, which have the same recursive properties but start with L0=2 and L1=1. These properties include F2n=FnLn.

There are also scaling identities, which take you from Fn and Fn+1 to a variety of things of the form Fan+b; for instance

F_{{3n}}=2F_{n}^{3}+3F_{n}F_{{n+1}}F_{{n-1}}=5F_{{n}}^{3}+3(-1)^{n}F_{{n}} by Cassini's identity.

F_{{3n+1}}=F_{{n+1}}^{3}+3F_{{n+1}}F_{n}^{2}-F_{n}^{3}

F_{{3n+2}}=F_{{n+1}}^{3}+3F_{{n+1}}^{2}F_{n}+F_{n}^{3}

F_{{4n}}=4F_{n}F_{{n+1}}(F_{{n+1}}^{2}+2F_{n}^{2})-3F_{n}^{2}(F_{n}^{2}+2F_{{n+1}}^{2})

These can be found experimentally using lattice reduction, and are useful in setting up the special number field sieve to factorize a Fibonacci number. Such relations exist in a very general sense for numbers defined by recurrence relations, see the section on multiplication formulae under Perrin numbers for details.

Power series

The generating function of the Fibonacci sequence is the power series

s(x)=\sum _{{k=0}}^{{\infty }}F_{k}x^{k}.

This series has a simple and interesting closed-form solution for x < 1/\varphi

s(x)={\frac  {x}{1-x-x^{2}}}.

This solution can be proven by using the Fibonacci recurrence to expand each coefficient in the infinite sum defining s(x):

{\begin{aligned}s(x)&=\sum _{{k=0}}^{{\infty }}F_{k}x^{k}\\&=F_{0}+F_{1}x+\sum _{{k=2}}^{{\infty }}\left(F_{{k-1}}+F_{{k-2}}\right)x^{k}\\&=x+\sum _{{k=2}}^{{\infty }}F_{{k-1}}x^{k}+\sum _{{k=2}}^{{\infty }}F_{{k-2}}x^{k}\\&=x+x\sum _{{k=0}}^{{\infty }}F_{k}x^{k}+x^{2}\sum _{{k=0}}^{{\infty }}F_{k}x^{k}\\&=x+xs(x)+x^{2}s(x)\end{aligned}}

Solving the equation s(x)=x+xs(x)+x^{2}s(x) for s(x) results in the closed form solution.

In particular, math puzzle-books note the curious value {\frac  {s({\frac  {1}{10}})}{10}}={\frac  {1}{89}}, or more generally

\sum _{{n=1}}^{{\infty }}{{\frac  {F(n)}{10^{{(k+1)(n+1)}}}}}={\frac  {1}{10^{{2k+2}}-10^{{k+1}}-1}}

for all integers k>=0.

Conversely,

\sum _{{n=0}}^{\infty }\,{\frac  {F_{n}}{k^{{n}}}}\,=\,{\frac  {k}{k^{{2}}-k-1}}.

Reciprocal sums

Infinite sums over reciprocal Fibonacci numbers can sometimes be evaluated in terms of theta functions. For example, we can write the sum of every odd-indexed reciprocal Fibonacci number as

\sum _{{k=0}}^{\infty }{\frac  {1}{F_{{2k+1}}}}={\frac  {{\sqrt  {5}}}{4}}\vartheta _{2}^{2}\left(0,{\frac  {3-{\sqrt  5}}{2}}\right),

and the sum of squared reciprocal Fibonacci numbers as

\sum _{{k=1}}^{\infty }{\frac  {1}{F_{k}^{2}}}={\frac  {5}{24}}\left(\vartheta _{2}^{4}\left(0,{\frac  {3-{\sqrt  5}}{2}}\right)-\vartheta _{4}^{4}\left(0,{\frac  {3-{\sqrt  5}}{2}}\right)+1\right).

If we add 1 to each Fibonacci number in the first sum, there is also the closed form

\sum _{{k=0}}^{\infty }{\frac  {1}{1+F_{{2k+1}}}}={\frac  {{\sqrt  {5}}}{2}},

and there is a nice nested sum of squared Fibonacci numbers giving the reciprocal of the golden ratio,

\sum _{{k=1}}^{\infty }{\frac  {(-1)^{{k+1}}}{\sum _{{j=1}}^{k}{F_{{j}}}^{2}}}={\frac  {{\sqrt  {5}}-1}{2}}.

Results such as these make it plausible that a closed formula for the plain sum of reciprocal Fibonacci numbers could be found, but none is yet known. Despite that, the reciprocal Fibonacci constant

\psi =\sum _{{k=1}}^{{\infty }}{\frac  {1}{F_{k}}}=3.359885666243\dots

has been proved irrational by Richard André-Jeannin.

Primes and divisibility

Main article: Fibonacci prime

A Fibonacci prime is a Fibonacci number that is prime (sequence A005478 in OEIS). The first few are:

2, 3, 5, 13, 89, 233, 1597, 28657, 514229, …

Fibonacci primes with thousands of digits have been found, but it is not known whether there are infinitely many. They must all have a prime index, except F4 = 3.

Any three consecutive Fibonacci numbers, taken two at a time, are relatively prime: that is,

gcd(Fn,Fn+1) = gcd(Fn,Fn+2) = 1.

More generally,

gcd(Fn, Fm) = Fgcd(n,m).<ref>Paulo Ribenboim, My Numbers, My Friends, Springer-Verlag 2000</ref>

A proof of this striking fact is online at Harvey Mudd College's Fun Math site

Divisibility by prime numbers

If p is a prime number then<ref>Paulo Ribenboim (1996), The New Book of Prime Number Records, New York: Springer, ISBN 0-387-94457-5, p. 64</ref><ref>Franz Lemmermeyer (2000), Reciprocity Laws, New York: Springer, ISBN 3-540-66957-4, ex 2.25-2.28, pp. 73-74</ref>

F_{{p-\left({\frac  {p}{5}}\right)}}\equiv 0{\pmod  p},\;\;\;F_{{p}}\equiv \left({\frac  {p}{5}}\right){\pmod  p},

where \;\left({\tfrac  {p}{5}}\right)\; is the Legendre symbol. \;\left({\tfrac  {p}{5}}\right)=-1\; if p ≡ ±2 (mod 5), \;\left({\tfrac  {p}{5}}\right)=+1\; if p ≡ ±1 (mod 5), and \;\left({\tfrac  {5}{5}}\right)=0\;.

For example,

({\tfrac  {2}{5}})=-1,\,\,F_{3}=2,F_{2}=1,
({\tfrac  {3}{5}})=-1,\,\,F_{4}=3,F_{3}=2,
({\tfrac  {5}{5}})=\;\;\,0,\,\,F_{5}=5,
({\tfrac  {7}{5}})=-1,\,\,F_{8}=21,\;\;F_{7}=13,
({\tfrac  {11}{5}})=+1,F_{{10}}=55,F_{{11}}=89.

Divisibility by 11

\sum _{{k=n}}^{{n+9}}F_{{k}}=11F_{{n+6}}

Right triangles

Starting with 5, every second Fibonacci number is the length of the hypotenuse of a right triangle with integer sides, or in other words, the largest number in a Pythagorean triple. The length of the longer leg of this triangle is equal to the sum of the three sides of the preceding triangle in this series of triangles, and the shorter leg is equal to the difference between the preceding bypassed Fibonacci number and the shorter leg of the preceding triangle.

The first triangle in this series has sides of length 5, 4, and 3. Skipping 8, the next triangle has sides of length 13, 12 (5 + 4 + 3), and 5 (8 − 3). Skipping 21, the next triangle has sides of length 34, 30 (13 + 12 + 5), and 16 (21 − 5). This series continues indefinitely. The triangle sides a, b, c can be calculated directly:

{\begin{aligned}a_{n}&=F_{{2n-1}}\\b_{n}&=2F_{n}F_{{n-1}}\\c_{n}&={F_{n}}^{2}-{F_{{n-1}}}^{2}\end{aligned}}

These formulas satisfy a_{n}^{2}=b_{n}^{2}+c_{n}^{2} for all n, but they only represent triangle sides when n>2.

Magnitude of Fibonacci numbers

Since F_{n} is asymptotic to \varphi ^{n}/{\sqrt  5}, the number of digits in the base b representation of F_{n}\, is asymptotic to n\,\log _{b}\varphi .

In base 10, for every integer greater than 1 there are 4 or 5 Fibonacci numbers with that number of digits, in most cases 5.

Applications

The Fibonacci numbers are important in the run-time analysis of Euclid's algorithm to determine the greatest common divisor of two integers: the worst case input for this algorithm is a pair of consecutive Fibonacci numbers.

Yuri Matiyasevich was able to show that the Fibonacci numbers can be defined by a Diophantine equation, which led to his original solution of Hilbert's tenth problem.

The Fibonacci numbers occur in the sums of "shallow" diagonals in Pascal's triangle and Lozanić's triangle (see "Binomial coefficient").

Every positive integer can be written in a unique way as the sum of one or more distinct Fibonacci numbers in such a way that the sum does not include any two consecutive Fibonacci numbers. This is known as Zeckendorf's theorem, and a sum of Fibonacci numbers that satisfies these conditions is called a Zeckendorf representation.

Fibonacci numbers are used by some pseudorandom number generators.

Fibonacci numbers are used in a polyphase version of the merge sort algorithm in which an unsorted list is divided into two lists whose lengths correspond to sequential Fibonacci numbers - by dividing the list so that the two parts have lengths in the approximate proportion φ. A tape-drive implementation of the polyphase merge sort was described in The Art of Computer Programming.

Fibonacci numbers arise in the analysis of the Fibonacci heap data structure.

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Since the conversion factor 1.609344 for miles to kilometers is close to the golden ratio (denoted φ), the decomposition of distance in miles into a sum of Fibonacci numbers becomes nearly the kilometer sum when the Fibonacci numbers are replaced by their successors. This method amounts to a radix 2 number register in golden ratio base φ being shifted. To convert from kilometers to miles, shift the register down the Fibonacci sequence instead.<ref>An Application of the Fibonacci Number Representation</ref><ref>A Practical Use of the Sequence</ref><ref>Zeckendorf representation</ref>

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Popular culture

Main article: Fibonacci numbers in popular culture

Because the Fibonacci sequence is easy for non-mathematicians to understand, there are many examples of the Fibonacci numbers being used in popular culture.

Generalizations

Main article: Generalizations of Fibonacci numbers

The Fibonacci sequence has been generalized in many ways. These include:

  • Extending to negative index n, satisfying Fn = Fn−1 + Fn−2 and, equivalently, F-n = (−1)n+1Fn
  • Generalising the index from positive integers to real numbers using a modification of Binet's formula. <ref>Template:MathWorld</ref>
  • Starting with other integers. Lucas numbers have L1 = 1, L2 = 3, and Ln = Ln−1 + Ln−2. Primefree sequences use the Fibonacci recursion with other starting points in order to generate sequences in which all numbers are composite.
  • Letting a number be a linear function (other than the sum) of the 2 preceding numbers. The Pell numbers have Pn = 2Pn – 1 + Pn – 2.
  • Not adding the immediately preceding numbers. The Padovan sequence and Perrin numbers have P(n) = P(n – 2) + P(n – 3).
  • Generating the next number by adding 3 numbers (tribonacci numbers), 4 numbers (tetranacci numbers), or more.
  • Adding other objects than integers, for example functions or strings -- one essential example is Fibonacci polynomials.

Numbers properties

Periodicity mod n: Pisano periods

It is easily seen that if the members of the Fibonacci sequence are taken mod n, the resulting sequence must be periodic with period at most n^{2}. The lengths of the periods for various n form the so-called Pisano periods (sequence A001175 in OEIS). Determining the Pisano periods in general is an open problem,{{#if:||{{#if:Category:Articles with unsourced statements|[[Category:Articles with unsourced statements {{#if:March 2008|{{#if:|from|since}} March 2008}}]]}}}}{{#if:citation needed|[citation needed]|}}{{#if:||{{#if:March 2008|{{#ifexist:Category:Articles with unsourced statements since March 2008||}}|}}}} although for any particular n it can be solved as an instance of cycle detection.

Pythagorean triples

Any four consecutive Fibonacci numbers Fn, Fn+1, Fn+2 and Fn+3 can be used to generate a Pythagorean triple:

a=F_{n}F_{{n+3}}\,;\,b=2F_{{n+1}}F_{{n+2}}\,;\,c=F_{{n+1}}^{2}+F_{{n+2}}^{2}\,;\,a^{2}+b^{2}=c^{2}\,.

Example 1: let the Fibonacci numbers be 1, 2, 3 and 5. Then:

a=1\times 5=5
b=2\times 2\times 3=12
c=2^{2}+3^{2}=13\,
5^{2}+12^{2}=13^{2}\,.

Example 2: let the Fibonacci numbers be 8, 13, 21 and 34. Then:

a=8\times 34=272
b=2\times 13\times 21=546
c=13^{2}+21^{2}=610\,
272^{2}+546^{2}=610^{2}\,.

The bee ancestry code

Fibonacci numbers also appear in the description of the reproduction of a population of idealized bees, according to the following rules:

  • If an egg is laid by an unmated female, it hatches a male.
  • If, however, an egg was fertilized by a male, it hatches a female.

Thus, a male bee will always have one parent, and a female bee will have two.

If one traces the ancestry of any male bee (1 bee), he has 1 female parent (1 bee). This female had 2 parents, a male and a female (2 bees). The female had two parents, a male and a female, and the male had one female (3 bees). Those two females each had two parents, and the male had one (5 bees). This sequence of numbers of parents is the Fibonacci sequence.<ref>The Fibonacci Numbers and the Ancestry of Bees</ref>

This is an idealization that does not describe actual bee ancestries. In reality, some ancestors of a particular bee will always be sisters or brothers, thus breaking the lineage of distinct parents.

Miscellaneous

In 1963, John H. E. Cohn proved that the only squares among the Fibonacci numbers are 0, 1, and 144.<ref>Template:Cite article</ref>

See also

References

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