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Integer points on circles. (Posted on 2011-02-28) Difficulty: 3 of 5
If a circle is centered on the origin and has radius r, it may pass through some points with integer coordinates. In fact, by symmetry, this will be a multiple of 4.

Find the smallest radius that will pass through 4n integer points where n=1,2,3,4,5.

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Solution n = 4 + full solution (spoiler) | Comment 8 of 14 |
The smallest radius I see for n = 4 is the sqrt(65), which goes through (1,8),(8,1),(4,7), and (7,4).

Putting it all together, my answer (which might be wrong) is:

n  r         r^2
-- --        -----
1  1            1
2  sqrt(5)    5
3  5           25
4  sqrt(65) 65 
5  25        625

I am struck by all the 5's.  Probably because of 3-4-5 and 5-12-13 triangles.  Note that 65 = 5*13.

  Posted by Steve Herman on 2011-03-01 03:26:31
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