# Difference between revisions of "2002 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 13"

## Problem

The sum of $18$ consecutive positive integers is a perfect square. The smallest possible value of this sum is

$\mathrm{(A)}\ 169 \qquad\mathrm{(B)}\ 225 \qquad\mathrm{(C)}\ 289 \qquad\mathrm{(D)}\ 361 \qquad\mathrm{(E)}\ 441$

## Solution 1

Let $a, a+1, \ldots, a + 17$ be the consecutive positive integers. Their sum, $18a + \frac{17(18)}{2} = 9(2a+17)$, is a perfect square. Since $9$ is a perfect square, it follows that $2a + 17$ is a perfect square. The smallest possible such perfect square is $25$ when $a = 4$, and the sum is $225 \Rightarrow \mathrm{(B)}$.

### Solution 2

Notice that all five choices given are perfect squares.

Let $a$ be the smallest number, we have $$a+(a+1)+(a+2)+...+(a+17)=18a+\sum_{k=1}^{17}k=18a+153$$

Subtract $153$ from each of the choices and then check its divisibility by $18$, we have $225$ as the smallest possible sum. $\mathrm {(B)}$

~ Nafer