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Homework Help: Proof by Contradiction || Prove that an equation can never be a square number

  1. Sep 9, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Prove that for any integer n n^2+n+1, can never be a square number.


    2. Relevant equations
    None.


    3. The attempt at a solution
    We could put the equation to a^2, (where a^2 is a square number) and solve for n and show that n can not be an integer.
    I tried quadratic formula on the equation but the solution gets too messy, and i cant prove that the answer is not an integer.
    There must be an easier way to solve this. Just point me in the right direction.
     
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  3. Sep 9, 2012 #2

    gabbagabbahey

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    That's going to be very hard to prove, as it isn't true: (-1)2+(-1)+1=1=(1)^2
     
  4. Sep 9, 2012 #3
    Sorry, the question was "for any positive integer n", how do i edit the thread?
     
  5. Sep 9, 2012 #4
    There should just be a button that says edit in the bottom right of your post.
     
  6. Sep 9, 2012 #5
    You can't edit your posts after 700 minutes.
     
  7. Sep 10, 2012 #6
    Problem Solved, close this thread.
     
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