1998 CEMC Gauss (Grade 7) Problems/Problem 24
On a large piece of paper, Dana creates a “rectangular spiral” by drawing line segments of lengths, in cm, of 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4, ... as shown. Dana’s pen runs out of ink after the total of all the lengths he has drawn is 3000 cm. What is the length of the longest line segment that Dana draws?
We are finding the sum of the integers from to twice, which is We need to solve the equation which results in
The answer is