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A006878 Record number of steps to reach 1 in '3x+1' problem, corresponding to starting values in A006877.
(Formerly M4335)
10
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
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-François Alcover, Feb 22 2012 *)
DeleteDuplicates[Table[Length[NestWhileList[If[EvenQ[#], #/2, 3#+1]&, n, #>1&]], {n, 0, 10^6}], GreaterEqual]-1 (* The program generates the first 44 terms of the sequence, derived from all starting values from 1 up to and including 1 million. *) (* Harvey P. Dale, Nov 26 2022 *)
CROSSREFS
Sequence in context: A099534 A318613 A127933 * A022312 A351087 A055661
KEYWORD
nonn,nice
AUTHOR
STATUS
approved

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