Tetrahedral Numbers: Sum of 'n' Consecutive Triangular Numbers: Proof

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In this video I go over tetrahedral numbers and provide a proof of their formula using mathematical induction. This video was requested by Dominic from Strode College in the UK, and is a good follow-up from my earlier video on the sum of consecutive integers.

A tetrahedral number is a number that can be visually represented as 3 sided pyramid, that is a tetrahedron. For example the numbers 1, 4, and 10 can all be visualized as a stack of balls in a tetrahedron pattern. In fact, the tetrahedron is just the sum of consecutive "triangular numbers", which are numbers that can be represented by an equilateral triangle.

I cover triangular or triangle numbers as well, and show that their formula is the sum of n consecutive integers. Finally, I use the triangle number formula as well as the principle of mathematical induction to prove the formula for a tetrahedron number. This was the first time I had learned about tetrahedron numbers so this was an interesting topic to cover. If you have any other video requests please let me know and I may cover it!

The topics covered as well as their timestamps are listed below.

  • Introduction: 0:00
  • Topics to Cover: 0:45
  1. Shoutout to Dominic from Strode College: 1:22
  2. Tetrahedral Numbers: 2:26
  3. Triangular Numbers: 7:56
    • Formula for a Triangular Number: 8:42
    • Visualizing the Triangular Number Formula: 10:33
  4. Formula for a Tetrahedral Number: 13:51
    • Proof by Mathematical Induction: 17:37

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In this video I go over tetrahedron numbers, which are numbers that can be represented as a 3-sided pyramid called a tetrahedron and prove their formula using mathematical induction.

View video notes on the Hive blockchain: https://peakd.com/hive-128780/@mes/tetrahedral-numbers-proof

Note that this video was requested by Dominic from Strode College in the UK. Let me know if there are topics you would like covered!

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