By Arthur T. Benjamin, Ezra Brown

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1 and c/ are 2 distinct priiiies that divide h , tlieii pt)+l p,,+, s p q ~b *oop,,. Generalizaüons Boiise went furtlier snd proved tliat if n 2 5, tlieii p ~ 1 , . p,, > He used this result to sliow tliat 1260 is tlie largest iliteger witli tlie property: pi+,. c;k t';f+ for suffiiciently large n. Using tliis iiiequality, he wrote, he hnd found tlmt 30,030 was tlie largesr integer with tlie property: I f l ~ k < m and (k,m)=i then fi(k)~3.

An answer to this questioii would also te11 6ow inaiiy perfectly syininetric nuinbers exist. Tlius ends our exploratioii of fractioiis m d syiiimetiy. Postinoderiiisin Iias tauglit us tliat al1 ways of looking at a prol>lein are not equivalent: different perspectives Iiighliglit differeiit properties. Adopting our society's penchaiit for iinages led us to exainiiie inore closely tlie syininetries of cei-tain fractioiis, and opened our eyes to unexpected visioiis. + + Note on the computer program During tlie course oí' this project, we wrote a siinple coinputer prograin that graphically aiialyzes aiiy fraction in any base.

Siiice p is odd, we cannot have r = 11 - r , so 'the eleineiits of &e cycle occur in distinct pairs. Heiice the cycle length inust be even. Given tliat tlie first reinainder is b0 (iriod p ) = 1, tliis ineans that tlie siiiallest positive integer satisf~iig b'" l (iiiod p) is even. 1 - O 2 4 G 8 10 12 FIGURE 6 Grapltical ailalysis of 1/15 base 2. 14 Part 1:Arithmetic 34 - TO sliow tlie converse, let In be tlie sinallest positive integer satisfriig bu' 1 (inod p), aiid suppose m is even. Theii 112 = 2 d for soine positive iiiteger rl.

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