Discrete Mathematics for Computer Scientists -- Assignment 3 - InductionDIT980, HT 2015
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Assignment Week 3 - Induction

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(1.) Show that n3 ≤ 3n, for all n ≥ 0.

Hint: Show the cases n=0, n=1, n=2 separately first, and then prove it for n ≥ 3 by induction.

(2.) Consider the following recursively defined function F : ℕ -> ℕ:

F(0) = 1
F(n) = F(i)     , for n ≥ 1

In other words, F(n) for n ≥ 1 is defined as the sum of all previous values of F.

(a.) Show the values of F(0),F(1),F(2),F(3),F(4),F(5) and how to compute them using the definition above.

(b.) For which of the F(0),...,F(5) do we have that F(n) = 2n-1?

(c.) Prove by induction over n that F(n) = 2n-1 for n ≥ 1.


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