 All about flooble | fun stuff | Get a free chatterbox | Free JavaScript | Avatars  perplexus dot info  Product equals sum (Posted on 2016-01-17) Let's start with an easy problem : What three positive integers have a sum equal to their product?

This puzzle can easily be transformed into a D4 problem:

For what values of k will the question "What k positive integers have a sum equal to their product?" have only one unique set of integers for an answer?
Clearly for k=2 the answer is unique: (2,2) and so it is for k=4: (1,1,2,4).

List all other values of k below 1000. Comments: ( Back to comment list | You must be logged in to post comments.) some solutions | Comment 1 of 6
Without computer assistance, finding all possible values for K below 1000 is not worth doing. As I don't plan of using a computer to iterate through all possible solutions, I only list a solution for each K from 5 to 14 [k={2,3,4} has already been given in the problem]. To demonstrate that a given K might have more than one solution, I provide one for K=14.
K
5 (1,1,2,2,2) :=8
6 (1,1,1,1,2,6) :=12
7 (1,1,1,1,1,3,4) :=12
8 (1,1,1,1,1,2,2,3) :=12
9 (1,1,1,1,1,1,1,2,9) :=18
10 (1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,4,4) :=16
11 (1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,2,2,4) :=16
12 (1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,2,12) :=24
13 (1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,3,7) :=21
14 (1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,2,2,5) :=20
14 (1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,2,14) :=28

 Posted by Dej Mar on 2016-01-17 11:04:37 Please log in:

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