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# The division of segment

Preliminary.
Let some number be chosen, and one marks points {, {2, {3, {(n1)on segment [0,1].
If the contrary isn' t expressly stated, we assume that is irrational. If =
p/q, we assume that n<q. Thus, whatever is, points do not coincide.
Thus, segment [0,1] is divided into n parts. Moreover let us assume that n>10
and 0.3<{}<0.7. This limitation is irrelevant, we impose it to exclude some
trivial effects for small numbers. It means, in particular, that each part of
division is less than {}.
Note also that if you replace by n+ or n-, then you get the same parts. So
when the question concerns uniqueness, we suppose that 0<<1/2.
The content of the task is to investigate what parts we get and how they are
located.
The ratio of the lengths of the longest and the shortest segments, we denote
by L = L(, n).
A1. Let be the rational number, = p/q. Prove that there exist n for which
L (n) = 1.
A2. Does there exist some other integer or rational k, k>1, for which one may
state that for any rational there exist n such that L (n) = k ?
Now we reject the assumption that is rational.
B1. Prove that for any n, there exist only 3 or less parts of different length.
(Obviously, if is irrational, there are two or more different lengths).
For given we call the number n "double number", if there are only two
different lengths of segments, and "triple number" if there are three of them.
B2. Prove that if is irrational, then there exist infinitely many double and
infinitely many triple n.
B3. Given the irrational number ; n runs values n=1, 2, ..., m. Prove that if m
tends to infinity, the ratio of double numbers among them tends to zero.

Let (m) be a number of double numbers n among the numbers n=1, 2, ..., m.
Rate the speed with which the ratio (m)/m tends to zero as m tends to
infinity.
B4. For what numbers this ratio tends to zero maximally slowly? And what
numbers this ratio tends to zero maximally quickly?
(You may simply give a few examples, provided that these examples will be
convincing).
B5. Estimate from above and from below the number of double numbers
if 1 < n < 1.000.000. (preferably, of course, more or less accurate; estimations
like "more than three" are not accepted).
C1. Is there a number , such that L =L(n) > 10 for all n > 9 ?
C2. Let n = 2.000.000. Can it happen that some interval [a, a + ] contains
more than 1.100.000 points? (Recall the assumption 0.3 < {} < 0.7).
C3. Does there exist , for which L takes
(a) the infinite,
(b) a finite number of different values, when n runs all the values from 10 to
infinity.
Give examples of such (if they exist).
C4. Find some sufficient conditions for L to take only the final (infinite)
number of values. (If possible - find necessary and sufficient condition; but you
can also give some sufficient conditions).
D1. Prove that for any given irrational there exists such a value A that L (n)
=A more than thousand times (for different n).
D2. Logically, there are three possible alternatives:
(*) for any there exists such value A that L=A an infinite number of times,
(**) for any and for any A, L(n) =A only for finite number on n,
(***) for some , the first variant is true, and for some the second.
Which of these alternatives is correct? If the third, for which the first is true
and for which the second one?
D3. Assume that for some L takes both values A anb B at least once (for
n>10).
Is it true that the assertions:
(*) L takes the value A only finite number of times and

are equivalent?