When I first encountered the 3n + 1 Problem (aka Collatz conjecture)I could not even call myself an amateur mathematician.
However, I didn't understand why the problem had remained unsolved for decades.I had immediately seen a solution to the problem based on the use of elementary mathematics. This revealed a deterministic path that all natural numbers follow under the 3n + 1, n/2 iterative function.
Consequently, I'd like to discuss my solution. Any willing participants out there?