# Thread: Always square

1. ## Always square

1x2x3x4 + 1 = 25 = 5^2
3x4x5x6 + 1 = 361 = 19^2
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Prove that the product of 4 whole consecutive numbers plus one is always a perfect square.

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2. If by whole numbers you mean Z+,

For any whole number n,

n*(n+1)*(n+2)*(n+3)+1
= n^4+6*n^3+11*n^2+6*n+1
= (n^2+3*n+1)^2

(n^2+3*n+1)^2 is the square of (n^2+3*n+1), and (n^2+3*n+1) is an integer.

3. Originally Posted by paultwang
If by whole numbers you mean Z+,
As far as I can see (n^2+3n+1)^2 is a perfect square for all n \in Z, not only Z+...