# Root problem

• Dec 21st 2012, 11:52 PM
Root problem
Find x:
x = sq.root[1 + sq.root( 1 + sq.root(1 + sq.root(1 +....
"The dots mean that the series go till infinity.
• Dec 22nd 2012, 12:03 AM
jakncoke
Re: Root problem
/the answer is $\frac{1 \frac{+}{-} \sqrt(5)}{2}$

The infinite nested radicals, $\sqrt(1 + \sqrt(1 + \sqrt(1 + ....$ = golden ratio.

Since golden ratio says $\frac{a+b}{a} = \frac{a}{b} = x$ then $1 + \frac{b}{a} = 1 + \frac{1}{x} = x$ so solving $x^2 - x - 1 = 0$
• Dec 22nd 2012, 12:08 AM
ibdutt
Re: Root problem
Could you please write as to what is the answer given. The answer you have got appears to be correct.
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• Dec 22nd 2012, 12:10 AM
jakncoke
Re: Root problem
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• Dec 22nd 2012, 06:06 AM
Soroban
Re: Root problem
$\text{Evaluate: }\:x \:=\: \sqrt{1 + \sqrt{1 + \sqrt{1 + \cdots}}}$
By attempt the answer should be: $\frac{1\pm\sqrt{5}}{2}$, but that is not the answer.
Since $x$ is obviously positive,
. . you must reject the negative root: $\tfrac{1-\sqrt{5}}{2}$