The Fibonacci sequence is the sequence defined by:
First 15 sequence values:
is called the Golden Ratio. It satisfies the property
Can you show that the sequence of ratio of successive Fibonacci numbers
converges to the Golden Ratio?
is already pretty close to φ.
What conditions must be met for this ratio to converge?
Extension: Missing Squares
An elegant variation of this idea makes use of two rectangles of such proportion that they fit side by side to make a perfect 8 by 8 checkerboard. When the pieces are rearranged to make the larger rectangle, there is an apparent gain in area of one square unit. Where did the extra square come from, and what does this have to do with Fibonacci?
Step 1: Use long division (no calculators please!) to convert the fractions (in this case, specifically reciprocal integers) to decimal representations.
Step 2: Look at the results. What do you notice? Write down all the questions that come up.
Step 3: As a group, we will make a list of all the questions.
Step 4: Think and write up your answers to the questions.
Step 5: Discuss!
Note: Work with a partner to divide up the work in Stages 1, 2, and 4.
1/2 = __________ 1/11 = __________
1/3 = __________ 1/12 = __________
1/4 = __________ 1/13 = __________
1/5 = __________ 1/14 = __________
1/6 = __________ 1/15 = __________
1/7 = __________ 1/16 = __________
1/8 = __________ 1/17 = __________
1/9 = __________ 1/18 = __________
1/10 = __________ 1/19 = __________
1/20 = __________