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A006878 Record number of steps to reach 1 in `3x+1' problem, corresponding to starting values in A006877.
(Formerly M4335)
14
0, 1, 7, 8, 16, 19, 20, 23, 111, 112, 115, 118, 121, 124, 127, 130, 143, 144, 170, 178, 181, 182, 208, 216, 237, 261, 267, 275, 278, 281, 307, 310, 323, 339, 350, 353, 374, 382, 385, 442, 448, 469, 508, 524, 527, 530, 556, 559, 562, 583, 596, 612, 664, 685, 688, 691, 704 (list; graph; refs; listen; history; text; internal format)
OFFSET

1,3

COMMENTS

Both the 3x+1 steps and the halving steps are counted.

REFERENCES

D. R. Hofstadter, Goedel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid, Random House, 1980, p. 400.

G. T. Leavens and M. Vermeulen, 3x+1 search problems, Computers and Mathematics with Applications, 24 (1992), 79-99.

N. J. A. Sloane and Simon Plouffe, The Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences, Academic Press, 1995 (includes this sequence).

LINKS

T. D. Noe, Table of n, a(n) for n=1..130 (from Eric Roosendaal's data)

Brian Hayes, Computer Recreations: On the ups and downs of hailstone numbers, Scientific American, 250 (No. 1, 1984), pp. 10-16.

J. C. Lagarias, The 3x+1 problem and its generalizations, Amer. Math. Monthly, 92 (1985), 3-23.

G. T. Leavens and M. Vermeulen, 3x+1 search programs, Computers and Mathematics with Applications, 24 (1992), 79-99. (Annotated scanned copy)

Eric Roosendaal, 3x+1 Delay Records

Robert G. Wilson v, Letter to N. J. A. Sloane with attachments, Jan. 1989

Index entries for sequences from "Goedel, Escher, Bach"

Index entries for sequences related to 3x+1 (or Collatz) problem

MAPLE

f := proc(n) local a, L; L := 0; a := n; while a <> 1 do if a mod 2 = 0 then a := a/2; else a := 3*a+1; fi; L := L+1; od: RETURN(L); end;

MATHEMATICA

numberOfSteps[x0_] := Block[{x = x0, nos = 0}, While[x != 1, If[Mod[x, 2] == 0, x = x/2, x = 3*x+1]; nos++]; nos]; A006878 = numberOfSteps /@ A006877 (* Jean-Fran├žois Alcover, Feb 22 2012 *)

CROSSREFS

Cf. A006884, A006885, A006877, A033492, A033958, A033959.

Sequence in context: A099534 A318613 A127933 * A022312 A351087 A055661

Adjacent sequences:  A006875 A006876 A006877 * A006879 A006880 A006881

KEYWORD

nonn,nice

AUTHOR

N. J. A. Sloane, Robert Munafo

STATUS

approved

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