# Collatz

CommentsLast updated 2014-04-10 11:32:56 SGT

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### About the maths:

The Collatz conjecture is an open question about how numbers relate to each other. Take any natural number [n_0]; if [n_0] is odd, let [n_1] be [3n_0+1]; otherwise let [n_1] be [n_0/2]. Define [n_2] by doing the same to [n_1], and so on. We conjecture that for any starting number [n_0], the sequence of [n]'s eventually reaches some [i] such that [n_i=1]. Is this true or not? Nobody knows.

This thing (I can barely call it a poem) contains Collatz orbits containing only numbers less than or equal to 64. It is therefore a low-effort piece, because I have a midterm in two hours (oops)

I generated this using code adapted from this visualisation.