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    let x_1 = \sqrt{2}
    and x_{n+1} = \sqrt{2x_n}

    Then x_{n+1}^2=2x_n

    If the limiting value of  x_n is x, then the limiting value of x_{n+1} is also x.

    So x^2=2x

    x^2-2x=0
    x(x-2)=0

    So we see that x=2

    Note that the given sequence is increasing and bounded above (you can show easily by induction on n that each member of the sequence is bounded by 2). Thus the sequence is guaranteed to converge.
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    Hello, rcs!

    \text{Evaluate: }\;2\sqrt{2\sqrt{2\sqrt{2\hdots}}}

    Let: . x \;=\;2\sqrt{2\sqrt{2\sqrt{2\hdots}}}

    \text{Square: }\;x^2 \;=\;2\cdot\underbrace{2\sqrt{2\sqrt{2\sqrt{2\hdot  s }}}}_{\text{This is }x}

    We have: . x^2 \:=\:2x \quad\Rightarrow\quad x^2-2x \:=\:0 \quad\Rightarrow\quad x(x-2) \:=\:0


    Therefore: . x \:=\:2

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    Soroban - I found a little mistake in each of our arguments. The answer is actually 4.

    In my argument, I misread the problem and left off the constant 2 in front. Since constants can be pulled outside limits this is no big deal, and you can just multiply my answer of 2 by 2 to get 4.

    In your argument, the right hand side of where you wrote "Square" should actually start with a 4 (since 2^2 = 4).
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    Here is my corrected solution:

    Let x_1 = 2\sqrt{2}
    and x_{n+1} = 2\sqrt{x_n}

    Then x_{n+1}^2=4x_n

    If the limiting value of  x_n is x, then the limiting value of x_{n+1} is also x.

    So x^2=4x

    x^2-4x=0
    x(x-4)=0

    So we see that x=4

    Note that the given sequence is increasing and bounded above (you can show easily by induction on n that each member of the sequence is bounded by 4). Thus the sequence is guaranteed to converge.
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    thank you so so much ... u have been so good guys. i was actually trying to solve it add i was stuck i couldn't finish it. thanks a lot
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