I was doing a maths mock exam just today, and I found one question of a type I would normally not find difficult - well difficult. I came here due to it being a GCSE level question that I assume most would find ridiculously easy....
The question being: 'Prove that the sum of the squares of any three consecutive odd numbers is always 11 more than a multiple of 12'
So, I write out - being a non-calculator test:
$$ (2n+1)^2+(2n+3)^2+(2n+5)^2 $$ I expand the brackets and expect something nice... I get $$ (2n+1)^2+(2n+3)^2+(2n+5)^2 = 12n^2+36n+35 $$ Now, I think I know that
11 more than a multiple of 12
Means: $$ 12n+11 $$ But $$ 12n^2+36n+35 \neq 12n+11 $$
I don't know if I'm missing something fundemental here, whether I'm not seeing it, I mean the output does look similar in that 35 is 1 less than 36 in '36n' and there's a 12 there, but they're just not equal? How do? Thanks.