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    Discrete Question

    f(0) ≠ 0
    f(1) = 3
    f(x) * f(y) = f(x+y) + f(x-y)

    1. Determine f(7).

    Thanks for the help!
    Last edited by lozts; April 19th 2010 at 01:07 PM.
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    The same problem was discussed here.
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    Didn't quite understand the responses

    Yes, I saw this post and tried to do it out myself out of pure curiosity but had problems trying to do it, which is why I am asking. I am curious how it is done. Could you please elaborate on your answer?
    Last edited by lozts; April 19th 2010 at 02:17 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lozts View Post
    I looked over the responses on that post already but still couldn't really figure out the answer to either question. Could you please elaborate?
    What about the other discussion did you not follow?
    I consider those two replies a complete solution.
    I wonder what more short of a complete ready to turn is reply do you need.
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    I don't quite get how to determine f(7). I don't know if I am just over looking something or what. I tried to find f(7) going off of tonio's post, but didn't have much luck.
    Last edited by lozts; April 19th 2010 at 01:06 PM.
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    It is easy to see that:
    f(n+1)=3f(n)-f(n-1)
    f(2)=3f(1)-f(0)=9
    f(3)=3f(2)-f(1)=?
    {\color{white}.}~~~~~~~ \vdots
    f(7)=3f(6)-f(5).
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    Thanks a lot, I completely overlooked that but wouldn't
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f(2) = 3f(1) - f(0) = 9 - f(0) ??<br />

    since f(0) isn't equal to 0.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lozts View Post
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f(2) = 3f(1) - f(0) = 9 - f(0) ??<br />
    Yes that is correct?
    f(1)f(0)=f(1+0)+f(1-0)=6 so f(0)=?
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