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Weekly Problem 35 - 2014

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

The first term of a sequence of positive integers is $6$. The other terms in the sequence follow these rules:

                if a term is even then divide it by $2$ to obtain the next term;
                if a term is odd then multiply it by $5$ and subtract $1$ to obtain the next term.

For which values of $n$ is the $n$th term equal to $n$?


This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.

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