Prove by induction or strong induction that every even integer greater than 30 can be written in the form:
So I started off with my basis step this way:
So the basis step is true.
Then follows the inductive step:
Then I realise I am stuck here. I don't know how I should move on from here. The usual inductions are like I could find something that looks like the basis step and then replace the k+1 part with the basis claim. But I can't do this in this one.
Thanks for any help.
Actually, before this, I had my n=32. But I got stuck as soon as I started my basis step because I don't know how I can get even number from n=32. Making it n+2 does work all the time if n happens to be an odd number then adding 2 will still make it an odd number.
So I tried the other way to have it as 2n instead. But I still get stuck.
Why is strong induction better? I feel like I get stuck too because I need to keep finding the correct x and y for all the different values of even integer n to make sure the P(16) and P(17)...P(n) are all true. And I don't know at which P(##) I can stop to be considered proved.Oh... I somewhat see where you're going. I think strong induction is in order.
What does it mean for the theorem to hold? Well we need to prove that x', y' in Z+ exist. So let's start with
2k = 6x + 10y
We want to find x' and y' such that
2(k + 1) = 6x' + 10y'
2k + 2 = 6x' + 10y'
(6x + 10y) + 2 = 6x' + 10y' <--Using the hypothesis step
2 = 6(x' - x) + 10(y' - y)
We need to show that there exist x' and y' such that the above equation holds and x' and y' are integers. I'll leave this step to you.
I went on and did this:
Does this consider proven? I found it a little weird. I used the x=2 and y=2 which I found in the basis step in this and it turns out that n=34. So n really did advance from 32 to 34 and 34 is also an even number. But does this tell anything and is it even correct?
As I was typing this I thought of a potential problem. x' and y' must be positive integers according to the problem statement. With x' - x = -3 we would have to show also that x' = x - 3 > 0 which means we need to prove that x > 3. Have to think about that one.
Edit: Recall that you reset the problem so it was 2n = 6x + 10y. so your next to last step should be 2 = 2n - 32. However if you use this line of reasoning then all you've shown is that the theorem holds for 2n = 34. Not for all n.
So x' and y' can be another integer number so long as and to consider the theorem proved, right?
For the positive integer problem, can we say that we only consider the case when x'=4 and x=1, and y'=3 and y=1?
So the equation will become and both x' and y' must be positive integers now. But would this miss out any possible cases that also proves the theorem?
Yeah, I was afraid something like this would happen. 36 = 6(1) + 10(3). So x does not have to be greater than 3. I'm not sure where, but there must be a flaw in my work. Sorry about that.
Edit: Side thought. I wonder if x and y are unique? Hmmmm...