### Diary for 01:090:101:21, *Experimental Math*, fall 2008

#### The
fifth meeting, 10/6/2008

I will hand out copies of this. What is
in this "this"?

- There is a one page outline of how we defined and analyzed the
Fibonacci numbers at the last meeting. We used
`Maple` and got a neat although weird-looking
(if you are new to this method) formula for the Fibonacci numbers.
- The outline is followed by five questions about sequences defined
using recursion. I actually tried to set up a biological example, but
things just get complicated. All I can tell you is that many standard
models of the spread of diseases, for example, use ideas which are
very much the same (although more complicated!) as what is here. I
have named participants to five Solution Teams, and I hope that each
team will work out a formula for the sequence given. Maybe some of the
teams can report today, or perhaps at the next meeting of the seminar.

Indeed, I thank **Ms. Kalia** for reporting
on the results of team Tiger, and next time I hope we will have
reports from the other teams.

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