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The Fibonacci Sequence is the infinite sequence where the first two terms are 1 and the rest of terms are defined as:
The following spreadsheet lists a few terms:
Let's explore with the ratio of two consecutive numbers in the Fibonacci sequence.
As n gets larger, the ratio approaches one value called phi,. Phi is also known as the Golden Ratio.
Let's now explore with a new ratio:
The following spreadsheet lists a few terms. As you can see, as n gets larger, the ratio approaches .
We can prove that this ratio holds true:
Another common sequence is called the Lucas Sequence. It is similar to the Fibonacci Sequence except that the first term is 1 and the second term is 3. The formula for the following terms is the same as the Fibonacci Sequence formula:
A list of a few terms can be seen below:
The ratio between the two terms is still .