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Weekly Problem 41 - 2012

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1


In a sequence of positive integers, every term after the first two terms is the sum of the two previous terms in the sequence.

If the fifth term is $2004$, what is the maximum possible value of the first term?




If you liked this problem, here is an NRICH task which challenges you to use similar mathematical ideas.

This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.

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