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If f(n + 3) = f(n) and f(-1) = 6, f(0) = 5, f(1) = 4, then what is the

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If f(n + 3) = f(n) and f(-1) = 6, f(0) = 5, f(1) = 4, then what is the value of f(8)?

A. 2
B. 3
C. 4
D. 5
E. 6

Originally posted by Rashed12 on 04 Mar 2019, 07:41.
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If f(n + 3) = f(n) and f(-1) = 6, f(0) = 5, f(1) = 4, then what is the value of f(8)?

A. 2
B. 3
C. 4
D. 5
E. 6


Given: f(n + 3) = f(n)
So, for example, f(1 + 3) = f(1)
In other words, f(4) = f(1)

Likewise, f(5) = f(2)
And f(6) = f(3)
And f(7) = f(4)
And f(8) = f(5)
etc


ASIDE: Notice that -1 + 3 + 3 + 3 = 8
So, f(-1) = f(2) = f(5) = f(8)
We're told that f(-1) = 6, so it must also be the case that f(2) = 6, f(5) = 6, and f(8) = 6

Answer: E

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If f(n + 3) = f(n) and f(-1) = 6, f(0) = 5, f(1) = 4, then what is the value of f(8)?

A. 2
B. 3
C. 4
D. 5
E. 6


f(-1) = 6, f(0) = 5, f(1) = 4 and f(n + 3) = f(n). By using all these information, we need to find f(8).

n=-1 => f(-1+3)=f(-1) => f(2)= f(-1) => f(2)=6

n=0 => f(0+3)=f(0) =>f(3)=5

Similarly,
When n=1, f(4)=4
n=2, f(5)=6
n=3, f(6)=5
n=4, f(7)=4
n=5, f(8)=6

Note: After f(5), you can notice the trend in answers. From f(2) the answers are 6, 5, 4, 6..... so by counting the rest based on this trend, you can find the answer for f(8).

Anyways, the answer is option E.
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Rashed12 wrote:
If f(n + 3) = f(n) and f(-1) = 6, f(0) = 5, f(1) = 4, then what is the value of f(8)?

A. 2
B. 3
C. 4
D. 5
E. 6



f(n+3)=f(n)
f(8)=f(5+3)=f(5)
f(2+3)=f(2)
f(-1+3)=f(-1)
and it's given that f(-1)=6
So, answer is E
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