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Find the sum of all the multiples of 3 or 5 below 1000

How to solve this problem, I can not figure it out: If we list all the natural numbers below 10 that are multiples of 3 or 5, we get 3, 5, 6 and 9. The sum of these multiples is 23. Find the sum of ...
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How to find the smallest number with just $0$ and $1$ which is divided by a given number?

Every positive integer divide some number whose representation (base $10$) contains only zeroes and ones. One can easily prove that using pigeonhole principle. ...
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Comparing powers without logarithms

Related to this question and this Project Euler problem (Problem 99), I came up with a recursive algorithm for comparing two numbers of the form $x^y$ (with $x>1$ and $y\ge 0$) without explicit use ...
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Closed form for the sum of even fibonacci numbers?

I recently took a look a project euler, and I am trying to think of a smart way to do number 2. I looked at the sequence, and I saw that the question is basically asking for $$ \sum_{i=1}^n F_{3i} $$ ...
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Find the largest prime factor

I just "solved" the third Project Euler problem: The prime factors of 13195 are 5, 7, 13 and 29. What is the largest prime factor of the number 600851475143 ? With this on Mathematica: ...
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Project Euler - 34 / Find a mathematical approach for upper bound

145 is a curious number, as 1! + 4! + 5! = 1 + 24 + 120 = 145. Find the sum of all numbers which are equal to the sum of the factorial of their digits. Note: as 1! = 1 and 2! = 2 are not sums ...
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Largest prime factor of 600851475143 [duplicate]

I'm trying to use a program to find the largest prime factor of 600851475143. This is for Project Euler here: http://projecteuler.net/problem=3 I first attempted this with the code that goes through ...
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Project Euler Question 222

Would I be wrong to assume that the solution to this problem: What is the length of the shortest pipe, of internal radius 50mm, that can fully contain 21 balls of radii 30mm, 31mm, ..., 50mm? ...
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Base conversion: How to convert between Decimal and a Complex base?

My motivation for this question is exploring beyond the ideas in Project Euler Problem 508. In that problem, it is helpful to know how to convert between a decimal number and a number in base ...
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Finding prime factors by taking the square root

I'm trying to solve the third Project Euler problem and I'd like a little help understanding a mathematical concept underlying my tentative solution. The question reads: The prime factors of ...
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Solving $x^2 \cdot y^2 + x^2 + y^2 = c^2$ with $x$, $y$, $c \in \mathbb{Z}^+$

I am working on Project Euler 390. The question is about triangles, and finding the area of a triangle with sides $\sqrt{a^2+1}, \sqrt{b^2+1}$ and $\sqrt{a^2+b^2}$, with $a, b \in \mathbb{Z}$. I have ...
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Longest antichain of divisors

I Need to find a way to calculate the length of the longest antichain of divisors of a number N (example 720 - 6, or 1450 - 4), with divisibility as operation. Is there a universally applicable way to ...
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Counting couples having least common multiple less than a number

Let f(n) be the number of couples (x,y) with x and y positive integers, $x\leq y$ and the least common multiple of x and y equal to n. Let g be the summatory function of f, i.e.: $g(n) = ...
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Project Euler $420$ [closed]

So the question is: We define $F(N)$ as the number of the $2\times 2$ positive integer matrices which have a trace less than $N$ and which can be expressed as a square of a positive integer matrix ...
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How to find large prime factors without using computer?

What is the largest prime factor of the number 600851475143 ? This is the third problem of Project Euler. How to approach this mathematically (without computer programming) ?
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Does “triangle” in English exclude degenerate triangles?

Just for fun read few problems on the projeteuler.net website. Number 276 found interesting: Consider the triangles with integer sides a, b and c with a ≤ b ≤ c. An integer sided triangle ...
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Project Euler 106: Necessary and sufficient conditions

Problem Statement Let S(A) represent the sum of elements in set A of size n. We shall call it a special sum set if for any two non-empty disjoint subsets, B and C, the following properties are ...
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Project Euler Problem 65

I am working on solving Project Euler problem #65 and run upon the following statement: What is most surprising is that the important mathematical constant, e = [2; 1,2,1, 1,4,1, 1,6,1 , ... , ...