Sums of Squares

by pi_kid
Tags: squares, sums
pi_kid is offline
Mar17-11, 10:17 PM
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I'm having some trouble with a particular question brought up in class. It says given F(n)= to the total # of integer solutions what is the smallest n such that F(n)=24. I know how to find F(n) given n, but i can't figure out how to work backwards. Any hints would help.
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mathman is offline
Mar18-11, 04:24 PM
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"integer solutions" to what????
galoisjr is offline
Mar18-11, 04:45 PM
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By sums of squares it depends on the amount of terms your adding. There is no answer for 2 squares to equal 24 but for 3 squares theres 4^2+2^2+2^2 and then for 6 squares it could be 2^2+2^2+2^2+2^2+2^2+2^2 so i would guess 2? Please fully explain the problem though.

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