Take a triangular number, multiply it by 8 and add 1. What is special about your answer? Can you prove it?
Alison has been playing with numbers again. She started by choosing a triangular number, multiplied it by 8, and added 1. She noticed something interesting about her results…
Try a few examples. Can you make a conjecture?
Once you’ve made a conjecture of your own, click below to see what Alison noticed:
Can you prove the conjecture?
I wonder if there are any integers n where 8n+1 is a square number but n is not a triangular number…
Can you prove that if 8n+1 is a square number, n must be a triangular number?
Can you use your theorem to devise a quick way to check whether the following numbers are triangular numbers?
Age 14 to 18