On Sums Of Four Pentagonal Numbers With Coefficients

Dmitry Krachun, Zhi Wei Sun

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The pentagonal numbers are the integers given by p5(n) = n(3n-1)/2 (n = 0, 1, 2,…). Let (b, c, d) be one of the triples (1, 1, 2), (1, 2, 3), (1, 2, 6) and (2, 3, 4). We show that each n = 0, 1, 2,… can be written as w+bx+cy+dz with w; x; y; z pentagonal numbers, which was first conjectured by Z.-W. Sun in 2016. In particular, any nonnegative integer is a sum of five pentagonal numbers two of which are equal; this refines a classical result of Cauchy claimed by Fermat.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)559-566
Number of pages8
JournalElectronic Research Archive
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2020
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Mathematics


  • Pentagonal numbers
  • additive bases
  • ternary quadratic forms.


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