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Given: sn+2=(sn)2−sn+1
S2 = 1.

When we substitute values for S3 and S4 we get:
S3 = S1^2 - S2.
S4 = S2^1 - S3 => S4 = S2^1 - S1^2 + S2,
Now Substituting S2 =1, we get:
S4 + S1^2 = 2.

Only 2 values satisfy the given condition: S4 = -7, S1 = -3
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Here,

S3= S1^2-S2
S4=S2^2-S3
S4= S2^2-S1^2+S2
Now S2=1
S4=2-S1^2
So checking from options

S4=-7,S1=-3

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S4= s2^2-S3
S3=s1^2-1

S4 = s2^2-s1^2+1
S4= 2-s1^2


Values are given in negative it means s4 could be negative it means s1 mode should be higher than 2
Try s1= -3
S2 comes out to be -7
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parkhydel wrote:
For each positive integer n, the quantity \(s_{n}\) is defined such that \(s_{n + 2} = (s_{n})^2 − s_{n + 1}\). In addition, \(s_{2} = 1\).

Select values for \(s_{1}\) and \(s_{4}\) that are jointly compatible with these conditions. Make only two selections, one in each column.­

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 \(s_{n + 2} = (s_{n})^2 − s_{n + 1}\)

 \(s_3 = (s_1)^2 − s_2  = (s_1)^2 − 1\)

\(s_4 = (s_2)^2 − s_3 = 1^2 - ((s_1)^2 − 1) = 2 - (s_1)^2 \)

Hence s1 and s4 satisfy this condition:
\(s_4 = 2 - (s_1)^2 \)

If s1 is -3, s4 = -7

ANSWER: -3, -7­

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