# Collatz 5N+1 simulator

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The **Collatz 5N+1 simulator** is a pattern constructed by David Bell in December 2017 that simulates the Collatz 5*N*+1 algorithm using sliding block memory and p1 technology, while always having a population below 32000.

The algorithm is simple. Starting with a number, if it is even divide it by 2, otherwise multiply it by 5 and add 1. When this process is iterated a sequence of numbers is generated. When starting with the value of 7, it is currently unknown whether or not the sequence ever forms a cycle.

Because of this the fate of the simulator is also currently unknown. It may become stable, or become an oscillator with a high period, or have a bounding box which grows irregularly.

## External links

- Collatz 5N+1 simulator at the Life Lexicon
- Collatz conjecture at Wikipedia