Centered nonagonal number

A centered nonagonal number is a centered figurate number that represents a nonagon with a dot in the center and all other dots surrounding the center dot in successive nonagonal layers. The centered nonagonal number for n is given by the formula[1]

Multiplying the (n - 1)th triangular number by 9 and then adding 1 yields the nth centered nonagonal number, but centered nonagonal numbers have an even simpler relation to triangular numbers: every third triangular number (the 1st, 4th, 7th, etc.) is also a centered nonagonal number.[1]

Thus, the first few centered nonagonal numbers are[1]

1, 10, 28, 55, 91, 136, 190, 253, 325, 406, 496, 595, 703, 820, 946.

The list above includes the perfect numbers 28 and 496. All even perfect numbers are triangular numbers whose index is an odd Mersenne prime.[2] Since every Mersenne prime greater than 3 is congruent to 1 modulo 3, it follows that every even perfect number greater than 6 is a centered nonagonal number.

In 1850, Sir Frederick Pollock conjectured that every natural number is the sum of at most eleven centered nonagonal numbers, which has been neither proven nor disproven.[3]

See also


  1. 1 2 3 "Sloane's A060544". The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences. OEIS Foundation.
  2. Koshy, Thomas (2014), Pell and Pell–Lucas Numbers with Applications, Springer ISBN 1461484898, 9781461484899, p. 90.
  3. Dickson, L. E. (2005), Diophantine Analysis, History of the Theory of Numbers, 2, New York: Dover, pp. 22–23.
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