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Square of an Odd (Posted on 2002-10-06) Difficulty: 2 of 5
Take any odd number and square it. It will invariably be a multiple of 8 plus 1. So (odd)^2=8n+1 where n is an integer. Show why this is always so. Also show what the pattern for n is.

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sol | Comment 16 of 20 |

Odd number B of form 2a+1 where a is an integer

B^2 = 4 a^2 + 4 a + 1 = 4(a+1)(a) + 1

Now (a+1)(a) is always even hence B^2 is of form 8n+1. QED

n is of the form a(a+1)/2


  Posted by Andre on 2005-09-07 22:03:39
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