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A078413 Smallest positive integer than cannot be obtained from exactly n copies of n using parentheses and the operations +, -, /, *, ^ and concatenation. 1
2, 2, 5, 13, 18, 89, 243, 475, 1257 (list; graph; refs; listen; history; text; internal format)
OFFSET

1,1

COMMENTS

a(7) >= 192. - Rick L. Shepherd, May 08 2003

From Lars Blomberg, Apr 08 2018: (Start)

The terms a(6)-a(9) have been computed with these rules:

Division by 0 or exponentiation 0^0 is not allowed.

Concatenation where at least one operand is a fraction or where the second operand is negative are skipped.

Exponentations yielding > 100000 digits or with exponent > 32-bit signed integer are skipped. (End)

LINKS

Table of n, a(n) for n=1..9.

Index entries for similar sequences

EXAMPLE

With three 3's one can form 1=(3/3)^3, 2=3-3/3, 3=3+3-3, 4=3+3/3, but not 5, so a(3)=5.

With four 4's one can get 1=44/44, 2=4/4+4/4, 3=4-(4/4)^4, 4=4+(4-4)^4, 5=4+(4/4)^4, 6=(4+4)/4+4, 7=44/4-4, 8=4+4+4-4, 9=4+4+4/4, 10=(44-4)/4, 11=(4/4) | (4/4), 12=(44+4)/4, but not 13, so a(4)=13 (| denotes concatenation).

With five 5's one can get 1 = (((5 | 5) | 5)^(5 - 5)), 2 = (((5 | 5) - 5) / (5 * 5)), 3 = (((5 * 5) + 5) / (5 + 5)), 4 = (((5 / 5) * 5) - (5 / 5)), 5 = (((5 | 5) * 5) / (5 | 5)), 6 = (((5 | 5) + 5) / (5 + 5)),

7 = (((5 / 5) + 5) + (5 / 5)), 8 = (( 5 + 5) - ((5 + 5) / 5)), 9 = (( 5 + 5) - ((5 / 5)^5)), 10 = (((5 | 5) / 5) - (5 / 5)), 11 = (((5 | 5) / 5)^(5 / 5)), 12 = (((5 | 5) / 5) + (5 / 5)),

13 = (((5 | 5) + (5 + 5)) / 5), 14 = (((5 / 5) | 5) - (5 / 5)), 15 = (((5 / 5) | 5)^(5 / 5)), 16 = (((5 / 5) | 5) + (5 / 5)), 17 = (( 5 | (5^5)) / (5^5)), but not 18, so a(5) = 18.

CROSSREFS

Cf. A078405.

Sequence in context: A209218 A208322 A208175 * A019083 A029856 A072898

Adjacent sequences:  A078410 A078411 A078412 * A078414 A078415 A078416

KEYWORD

nonn,base,more

AUTHOR

N. J. A. Sloane, Dec 28 2002

EXTENSIONS

a(5) from Frank Ellermann, Dec 30 2002, who finds that a(6) >= 89

a(6)-a(9) from Lars Blomberg, Apr 08 2018

STATUS

approved

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