triangular number


: a number (such as 3, 6, 10, 15) representable by that many dots arranged in rows that form a triangle and that equals {latex}\frac{n(n + 1)}{2}{/latex} for some positive integer value of n

Word History

First Known Use

1795, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of triangular number was in 1795

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“Triangular number.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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triangular number

: a power series that gives the expansion of a function f(x) in the neighborhood of a point a provided that in the neighborhood the function is continuous, all its derivatives exist, and the series converges to the function in which case the first term of the series is f(a) and the (n + 1)st term consists of the factor (x - a) raised to the exponent n and multiplied by a coefficient consisting of a fraction whose numerator is the derivative of nth order of f(x) evaluated at a and whose denominator is n!

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