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Saturday, October 29, 2011

M381 - Challenge Exercise

In the Open University course Number Theory and Mathematical Logic the additional exercises sections of the workbooks are complemented with several 'challenge exercises'. This is one of them.

Let $n$ be an odd positive integer.
Prove that there are $\tau(n)$ ways of writing $n$ as a sum of consecutive positive integers.
For example, if $n=9$, $\tau(9)=3$ because $9$ has three divisors $1,3,9$ and the three sums are: $9$, $4+5$ and $2+3+4$.

To be continued.

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