Golden φ
On this date, we need to join in the celebration of the number Phi = φ = [1+SQRT(5)]/2 = 1.618033989.... More specifically, celebrate on January 6 at 6:03 pm!
So, I will offer two wellknown oddities using the form ...that tend to not be wellknown! In both, use the form of φ = [1+SQRT(5)]/2.
First, start with φ. Square it. Subtract 1. What do you get?
Second, start with φ. Subtract 1. what do you get?
In the first case, you should get φ again. In the second, you should get the reciprocal of φ, or 1/φ.
In both instances, φ is the only number that fits these patterns:
 φ^{2} = φ + 1
 φ  1 = 1/φ
Can you prove both of these claims? That is, use algebra to solve x^{2} = x + 1 or x  1 = 1/x.
Amazing φ!
