Stack of Oranges
Date: 9 Jan 1995 11:25:34 -0500 From: Bahar Zaker Subject: (none) A stack of oranges is compactly arranged so the bottom layer consists of oranges in an equilateral triangle with n oranges on a side. The layer next to the bottom consists of n - 1 oranges on a side. This pattern continues upward with one orange on the top. How many oranges are there? I thought that any amount of oranges would satisfy that, for example, 4,3,2,1, but when I try to picture it, I guess that's wrong. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Bahar Zaker
Date: 9 Jan 1995 12:41:44 -0500 From: Dr. Ken Subject: Re: your mail Hello there! I think that all that may be required here is for me to clarify the question for you. I was confused about the wording here, too. When they ask how many oranges there are, they want the answer in terms of n. In other words, come up with and prove a formula that, when given the number (n) of oranges on one side of the bottom layer, will output the total number of oranges. Hint: what is 1 + 2 + 3 + ... + n? I'll let you handle it from here. -Ken "Dr." Math
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