Math Trivia and Answers

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Easy

How many obvious/trivial factors does a natural number N have?

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Answer: 4 trivial factors.
The positive +1 and +N and the negative -1 and -N.

Hard

What Erdős number does Pierre-Simon Laplace have?

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Answer: Pierre-Simon Laplace has an Erdős number of at most 14!
According to "The Erdös number project" a path to Laplace was found by Leonid Yanushevich giving the famous mathematician an Erdös number of at most 14.

Easy

What is a positive integer that is equal to the sum of its proper positive divisors (excluding the number itself) called?

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Answer: A perfect number.
You might also think of a perfect number as a number that is half the sum of all of its positive divisors, including itself! This definition is at least 2300 years old as it appears in Euclid's "Elements".

Easy

What is Natalie Portman's Erdős number?

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Answer: 5
Portman collaborated (using her birth name, Natalie Hershlag) with Abigail A. Baird, who has a collaboration path (Gazzaniga, Michael S. -> Victor, Jonathan D.) leading to Joseph Gillis, who has an Erdős number of 1.

Easy

Is 36 a perfect number?

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Answer: No, it's not!
Adding up the divisors of 36: 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 6 + 9 + 12 + 18 = 55



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