Suppose a and b are positive integers. We all know that aČ+2ab+bČ is a perfect square. Give an example where also aČ+ab+bČ is a perfect square. How many such examples exist?
(In reply to
re: Adding to the solution...even numbers! by tomarken)
Turns out that that last formula works for any multiple of 4, not just multiples of 8, but if "a" is not divisible by 8 it just produces an integer multiple of one of the oddnumbered solutions.
Here is another formula that works  again, it will produce solutions for any value of "a" that is a multiple of 4, but only those multiples of 8 will produce unique "base pairs":
b = (a^2  8a  48)/16

Posted by tomarken
on 20060426 12:58:02 