2002 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 13
Problem
The sum of consecutive positive integers is a perfect square. The smallest possible value of this sum is
Solution
Solution 1
Solution 2
Let be the consecutive positive integers. Their sum, , is a perfect square. Since is a perfect square, it follows that is a perfect square. The smallest possible such perfect square is when , and the sum is .
Solution 2
Notice that all five choices given are perfect squares.
Let be the smallest number, we have
Subtract from each of the choices and then check its divisibility by , we have as the smallest possible sum.
~ Nafer
See also
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