# Lazy Catererâ€™s Sequence

The Lazy Catererâ€™s Sequence describes the maximum number of slices that can be made on a pizza using a given number of straight cuts. The sequence begins as follows:

Cuts 0 1 2 3 4 ...
Slices 1 2 4 7 11 ...

Intuitively, to maximize slices, each straight cut should pass through all prior cuts. Furthermore, that cut should not pass through the intersection of two prior cuts. In this way, the $$n^{th}$$ cut will pass through $$n-1$$ previous cuts and be divided into $$n$$ segments. Each of those $$n$$ segments will split an existing slice in $$2$$, resulting in $$n$$ new slices.

Formally, this can be expressed by the following recurrence relation, with base case $$f(0) = 1$$. $$f(n)$$ represents the maximum number of slices with $$n$$ cuts:

$f(n) = n + f(n-1)$

The closed form of this recurrence can be developed using the triangle numbers:

$\begin{split} f(n) &= n + f(n-1) \\ &= n + (n-1) + f(n-2) \\ &= n + (n-1) + (n-2) + (n-3) + \ldots + 1 + f(0) \\ &= \frac{n(n+1)}{2} + 1 \\ &= \frac{n^2 + n + 2}{2} \end{split}$