Here is the first post introducing the golden ratio.

What else is there to the Golden Ratio? We will see that there are infinite possibilities with it. Here are a few.

From the first notable equation mentioned in the previous post, we can take a square root of both sides. We just get another relation involving \(\phi\). The left hand side is \(\phi\) itself, but the right hand side is some other expression containing \(\phi\). What happens if I substitute the \(\phi\) on the right side with something else. I can then repeat. Here is the math:

\[\phi\] \[=\sqrt{1+\phi}\] \[=\sqrt{1+\sqrt{1+\phi}}\] \[=\sqrt{1+\sqrt{1+\sqrt{1+\phi}}}\] \[=\sqrt{1+\sqrt{1+\sqrt{1+\sqrt{1+\sqrt{1+\cdots}}}}}\]

We can extend this operation so that it goes on forever. This is what's called an infinite radical. But it still always equals the golden ratio. This number is starting to seem more special than just some ratio.

Now, using the second notable equation, let's apply the same idea:

\[\phi\] \[=1+\frac{1}{\phi}\] \[=1+\frac{1}{1+\frac{1}{\phi}}\] \[=1+\frac{1}{1+\frac{1}{1+\frac{1}{1+\frac{1}{1+\cdots}}}}\]

This goes on forever too! And this one's called a continued fraction. Continued fractions are a well developed subject of mathematical study, where all the one's change to other numbers. Every number has it's own continued fraction. And, low and behold, the golden ratio has the simplest continued fraction of all.

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TopNewestThis is AWESOME !!!!!!!! – Abhijeeth Babu · 3 years, 7 months ago

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prove a^0=1 – Devansh Shringi · 3 years, 6 months ago

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– Satvik Golechha · 3 years, 4 months ago

See, Devansh.........\(a^{b}*a^{-b}=a^{b-b}=a^{0}=a*\frac{1}{a}=1\)Log in to reply

Can you prove these equation chains? – Minimario Minimario · 3 years, 7 months ago

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– Bob Krueger · 3 years, 7 months ago

Because I derived them using facts about the golden ratio, there is no need to prove them. They are already proven.Log in to reply

Good.................. – Ashik Sunny · 3 years, 7 months ago

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Prove that 0! equals 1 – Rishabh Gupta · 3 years, 7 months ago

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One: DO NOTHING!

(I got this from AoPS. It's not really a rigorous proof of 0!=1 but it explains it well.) – Arkan Megraoui · 3 years, 7 months ago

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– Rohan Mukhopadhyay · 3 years, 7 months ago

nCn is equal to 1. so (n!)/(n-n)!.(n!) = 1 therefore (n-n)!=0! must be equal to 1.Log in to reply

– César Maesima · 3 years, 7 months ago

(n-1)! * n = n! For n = 1: (1-1)! * 1 = 1! 0! *1 = 1 0! = 1Log in to reply

– Saikarthik Bathula · 3 years, 7 months ago

ncn=1 ,implies n!/(n-n)! .n!=1.. so,0!=1 hence proved..Log in to reply

Nice..challenging! – Helen Canete · 3 years, 7 months ago

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