Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sequence-Solving Hacks To Mental Growth

Share this ARTICLE with your colleagues on LinkedIn .

Sequence-solving requires a great deal of mental activity -- it builds the knowledge base, pattern recognition, problem-solving, neuronal plasticity, memory and general intelligence. Here's a wonderful mini-challenge involving sequence-solving and a formula which can be used as a shortcut or a hack. Braintenance is a full-time occupation -- the more of it that you consciously, the more your uber-mind (i.e., superconscious) "takes the wheel" and replays the exercises. More than this, it tends to expand upon them, and experiment with them.

BRAINTENANCE ALERT - Activate Neurons - Douglas E. Castle

Q: Find the next number in the following arithmetic series/sequence:

1, 2, 6, 24, 120, 720....

A: 5,040

Explanation: The numbers in the above sequence are factorials of the integers in order, i.e., 1!, 2!, 3!, 4!, 5!, 6!. The next one in the sequence would be 7!, which equals 5,040.

Shortcut: The formula for estimating any n! is set forth below. If you memorize it, you can amaze your friends at parties and win bets at bars [although I don't advocate gambling -- I only gamble with my life, because I can influence the odds rather than merely trying to calculate them], but you'll still need a good online calculator bookmarked in your mobile device:

  Stirling's Formula -- Factorials - Braintenance - Douglas E. Castle    

Alrighty, my fellow (this includes some women, too) Braintenancers. That about wraps it up for today.

See you soon!

Douglas E. Castle for The Braintenance Blog

Enhanced by Zemanta
Click For Douglas E. Castle's Professional Site
Click For Douglas E. Castle's Other Sites

View DOUGLAS E. CASTLE's profile on LinkedIn

Share this page
Contact Douglas Castle
Follow Me on Pinterest

View DOUGLAS E. CASTLE's profile on LinkedIn



No comments:

Post a Comment

Blog Archive

Bookmark and Share