The Calkin-Wilf Tree: Extensions and ApplicationsPublic
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Continued fractions are of current interest in mathematics. In a recent publication, Jack E. Graver describes a method for computing terms in the Calkin-Wilf sequence, a list of the positive rationals introduced by Neil Calkin and Herbert S. Wilf in 2000. This paper explores an original method which uses continued fractions to evaluate and locate terms in the Calkin-Wilf sequence, as well as its natural extension to include all of the rational numbers. A generalization of the Calkin-Wilf tree leads to a characterization of rational numbers by continued fractions with integer coefficients. Finally, the meaning of infinite continued fractions and irrational numbers is studied using the structure of the Calkin-Wilf tree. We characterize the irrational numbers which have periodic continued fractions by developing a matrix representation of the setup, and we explain why irrational square root numbers have periodic continued fractions with palindromic coefficients.
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