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    which of the following cannot be expressed as the sum of two or more consecutive positive integers?
    a. 17 b. 22 c. 24 d. 26 e. 32
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judi
    which of the following cannot be expressed as the sum of two or more consecutive positive integers?
    a. 17 b. 22 c. 24 d. 26 e. 32
    a. 8+9=17
    b. 4+5+6+7=22
    c. 7+8+9=24
    d. 5+6+7+8=26

    and nothing equals 32 (if you want to know my method of doing this, feel free to ask)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judi
    which of the following cannot be expressed as the sum of two or more consecutive positive integers?
    a. 17 b. 22 c. 24 d. 26 e. 32
    A longgg time ago this question was discussed here on the forums. Click here to get BsOd

    According to the thread those are the numbers that are powers of two. Thus, 32 is the answer cuz,
    32=2^5
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    Thank you,
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePerfectHacker
    A longgg time ago this question was discussed here on the forums. Click here to get BsOd

    According to the thread those are the numbers that are powers of two. Thus, 32 is the answer cuz,
    32=2^5
    I haven't come up with a proof for it, I just used logic, but I found that if a number is not divisible by any odd number, than it has no solution of consecutive integers. (I'm not sure if thats the same as saying if a number is a power of two or not)

    [EDIT] Actually, they are the same thing.
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