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5] 36 Divisibility and the Greatest Common Divisor (a) Find the length and terminating value of the 3n+ 1 algorithm for each of the following starting values of n: (i) n = 21 (ii) n = 13 (iii) n = 31 (b) Do some further experimentation and try to decide whether the 3n + 1 algorithm always terminates and, if so, at what value(s) it terminates. (c) Assuming that the algorithm terminates at 1, let L(n) be the length of the algorithm 6 and L(7) 17. Show that if n 8k + 4 n. For example, L(5) with k > 1, then L(n) L(n + 1).

Set s= x qv. Set (x,g) = (v,w). Set (v,w) = ( s, t). - - Go to Step (2). 4. x For later applications it is useful to have a solution with = 1. a, b, c is it true that the equation ax+ by+ cz = 1 has a solution? Describe a general method of finding a solution when one exists. ( c) Use your method from (b) to find a solution in integers to the equation 155x + 34ly + 385z = 1. gcd( a, b) 1. Prove that for every integer c, the equation ax+ by c has a solution in integers x and y. [Hint. ] Find a solution to 37x + 47y 103.

P. For example, 2 3 5 7 11 13 17 19 23 29 31 ... , , , , , , , , , , , 4,6,8,9,10 12 14 15 16 18 20 ... , , , , , , , Prime numbers are characterized by the numbers by which they are divisible; that is, they are defined by the property that they are only divisible by 1 and by them selves. So it is not immediately clear that primes numbers should have special properties that involve the numbers that they divide. Thus the following fact con cerning prime numbers is both nonobvious and important.