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Sum Equals Product

The sum of the numbers 4 and 1 [1/3] is the same as the product of 4 and 1 [1/3]; that is to say 4 + 1 [1/3] = 4 � 1 [1/3]. What other numbers have the sum equal to the product and can this be so for any whole numbers?

Special Sums and Products

Find some examples of pairs of numbers such that their sum is a factor of their product. eg. 4 + 12 = 16 and 4 × 12 = 48 and 16 is a factor of 48.

How Long Is the Cantor Set?

Age 11 to 14
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In the problem The Cantor Set, we met the Cantor set, which is the limit of $C_n$ as $n$ tends to infinity.
C_1, C_2, C_3

We can talk about the length of one of our sets $C_n$.
The set $C_1$ has length 1.
The set $C_2$ has length $\frac{2}{3}$, as this is the total length of the line segments in $C_2$.

What are the lengths of $C_3$, $C_4$ and $C_5$?

Can you find a general expression for the length of $C_n$?

By considering what happens as $n$ tends to infinity, can you find the length of the Cantor set?