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**Nike****Member**- Registered: 2006-08-15
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I want to know , what's the math name about such a special numbers:

A natural number, N, that can be written as the sum and product of a given set of at least two natural numbers, {a1, a2, ... , ak} is called a product-sum number: N = a1 + a2 + ... + ak = a1 a2 ... ak.

For example, 6 = 1 + 2 + 3 = 1 2 3.

is there any website solve this number like pi=3.1415.......and what 's its name? (like: An "NSW number" (named after Newman, Shanks, and Williams) is an integer m that solves the Diophantine equation 2n^2==m^2+1)

any assistance will be appreciated!

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**krassi_holmz****Real Member**- Registered: 2005-12-02
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which number I can't understand.

It seems interesting. Could you give more explanations?

IPBLE: Increasing Performance By Lowering Expectations.

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**Zhylliolom****Real Member**- Registered: 2005-09-05
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I believe you are talking about perfect numbers in the first part of your post(the part where you talked about 6).

I'm not sure exactly what to make of the rest of the post.

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**Ricky****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-12-04
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I believe a special number is one that can be written as a sum of 2 or more consecutive numbers.

At least that's what my professor called it, but I can't seem to find it anywhere on the internet.

"In the real world, this would be a problem. But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist. So we'll go ahead and do that now..."

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**krassi_holmz****Real Member**- Registered: 2005-12-02
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I tryed wiki and google but I couldn't find anything.

IPBLE: Increasing Performance By Lowering Expectations.

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**ben****Member**- Registered: 2006-07-12
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Try here for some fun along these lines

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**krassi_holmz****Real Member**- Registered: 2005-12-02
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interesting link

IPBLE: Increasing Performance By Lowering Expectations.

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