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$n is n in xn-1

Explanation and exploded code:

$A=1111                            #starting number
$n=4                               #n in formula
for($i=0; $i -lt $n;$i++)          #loop n times
    [string]$B=[math]::pow($A,2)   #create a new string $B and set it to $A raised to the power of 2
    $A=$B.substring(0,4)           #set $A to the first 4 characters of $B
$A                             #print $A

Some notes:

  • Powershell lets you assign variables in the same statements where you reference them. For example, 1..($n=4)|% will set $n to 4 and then start a loop that runs $n times. 1 can be changed to any integer and it will loop $n-[your integer]+1 times.
  • The default data type when using [math]:: in Powershell is a double. In the code above, we have to explicitly cast $B to a string so that we can call .substring() on it because there is no .substring() function for doubles in Powershell.