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Go for short! (Posted on 2005-04-19) Difficulty: 2 of 5
Looking at the "Square of an Odd" puzzle that asks to prove that the square of an odd number is always 1 more than a multiple of 8, a professor gave this four parts proof: "All odd numbers are of the form 8K+1, 8K+3, 8K+5 or 8K+7. Squaring these numbers produces 8M+1, 8M+9, 8M+25 or 8M+49, which are all of the form 8N+1. QED"

Another professor came by, and gave a single line proof. Can you manage it?

Note: no one who answered the original problem produced either the four parts solution, or the single line one.

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Solution Puzzle Solution | Comment 5 of 8 |
Odd numbers must possess the form 4M+/-1, the square of which is 16*M^2 +/- 8M + 1, which is precisely 1 more than a multiple of 8.

  Posted by K Sengupta on 2008-12-16 13:19:13
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