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And what role was played by the odd parity of 5? A few more experiments, perhaps with 7 people, should help you finish this off. In the next example, not only do we fail to solve the problem, we explore a conjec ture that we know to be false ! Nevertheless, we make partial progress: we develop an understanding of how the problem works, even if we do not attain a complete solution. 5 (Putnam 1 983) Let integer m, the sequence f(n) = n + L v'nJ . Prove that, for every positive m , f(m) , f(f(m) ) , f ( f(f(m) ) ) , .
Then the porter would pocket $27 and the guests would spend $27, which adds up to $54 ! The actual "invariant" here is not $30, but $27, the amount that the guests spend, and this will always equal the amount that the porter took ($2) plus the amount that went to the desk ($25 ). • Each example had a common theme: Don 't let self-imposed, unnecessary restric tions limit your thinking. Whenever you encounter a problem, it is worth spending a minute (or more) asking the question, "Am I imposing rules that I don 't need to?
1 � 1 ; 1 ; 1 ; 1 (�) 1 � 1 ! 1 ; 1 � 1 ; 1 (�) 1 � 1 � 1 ; 1 ; 1 ; I· So, what actually happened? We were able to get the two 3 's to coincide, because the top and bottom rows stopped "mixing," and there was a 3 in the top and a 3 in the bottom. Will this always happen? Can you come up with a general argument? And what role was played by the odd parity of 5? A few more experiments, perhaps with 7 people, should help you finish this off. In the next example, not only do we fail to solve the problem, we explore a conjec ture that we know to be false !