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The sequence of numbers S={s1,s2,s3…} is defined by s1 = 2,

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The sequence of numbers S={s1,s2,s3…} is defined by s1 = 2, [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2018, 16:17
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The sequence of numbers S={s1,s2,s3…} is defined by \(s_{1} = 2\), \(s_{2} = 10\), and \(S_{n}=S_{n-1}^{S_{n-2}}\)for each positive integer n greater than or equal to 3. For example, s3 = 102. What is the greatest value of n for which sn has 2,000 or fewer digits?

A. 100
B. 20
C. 5
D. 4
E. 3

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Re: The sequence of numbers S={s1,s2,s3…} is defined by s1 = 2, [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2018, 21:34
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The sequence of numbers S={s1,s2,s3…} is defined by s1 = 2, s2 = 10, and for each positive integer n greater than or equal to 3. For example, s3 = 102. What is the greatest value
of n for which sn has 2,000 or fewer digits?

A. 100
B. 20
C. 5
D. 4
E. 3

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Page: 548


I think something is missing especially the defintion of the the sequence, check it out please~
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Re: The sequence of numbers S={s1,s2,s3…} is defined by s1 = 2, [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2018, 15:42
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Re: The sequence of numbers S={s1,s2,s3…} is defined by s1 = 2, [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2018, 15:46
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Explanation

Decoding the definition of the sequence tells you that, to find the value of each term, you take the previous term, and raise it to the power of the term before it. You know

\(S_{3}=10^2=100\) and \(S_{4}=100^{10}=10^{20}\) and \(S_{5}=(10^{20})^{100}=10^{2000}\).

So \(S_{4}\) is the digit 1 followed by twenty zeroes, which is a total of 21 digits, and \(S_{5}\) is the digit 1 followed by 2,000 zeroes, for a total of 2,001 digits. So the fourth term is the one that meets the condition set forth in the question, and the answer is choice (D).
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