Introduction to the difference calculus through the Fibonacci numbers

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This note explores ways in which the Fibonacci numbers can be used to introduce difference equations as a prelude to differential equations. The rationale is that the formal aspects of discrete mathematics can provide a concrete introduction to the mechanisms of solving difference and differential equations without the distractions of the analytic conditions. Later the continuous analogues can be studied without the distraction of the symbolic apparatus which, in its own right, can be viewed as a tool of thought.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/002073902760047968

Publication date: May 1, 2002

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