# Divisibility Chains Generalization

Based on this problem.

Define two positive integer sequences $\{a_n\}$ and $\{b_n\}$ be defined as $a_1\ne b_1$, $a_{n+1}=a_n+k$ and $b_{n+1}=b_n+k$. These two sequences form an Order $k$ Divisibility Chain of length $n$ if $a_i\mid b_i$ for $i=1\to n$.

Prove that no matter what $n$ and $k$ you choose, there always exists an infinite number of sequences $\{a_n\}$ and $\{b_n\}$ that form an Order $k$ Divisibility Chain of length $n$.

Please only post hints, do not post the solution. If you do, it will give away the solution for the problem I based this on. Thanks. Note by Daniel Liu
5 years, 6 months ago

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Take $a_1=k, b_1=k+k\times n!$. This gives an example of a single such sequence for any n,k. Should not be hard to generalize this to produce infinitely many such sequences,

- 5 years, 6 months ago

Hint: $a_1 = b_1$

(Which, by the way, is why I reported the problem.)

- 5 years, 6 months ago

I can't believe I didn't realize that any $a_1=b_1$ works. Edited the problem and this note to show that $a_1\ne b_1$.

- 5 years, 6 months ago

Hint: Consider the sequence in modulo $lcm(a_1,a_2,...,a_n)$. From there rest will be pretty easy.

@Daniel Liu : Am I being too obvious?

- 5 years, 6 months ago

No, you're not being too obvious as far as I can tell.

Now to think about it, I should have posted this problem for the Proofathon Sequences and Series competition. Dang!

- 5 years, 6 months ago