show that the cube of any positive integer is of the form 3m 3m+1 3m+3 Question show that the cube of any positive integer is of the form 3m 3m+1 3m+3 in progress 0 Math Liliana 4 weeks 2021-08-16T10:41:25+00:00 2021-08-16T10:41:25+00:00 1 Answer 0 views 0

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Answer:error: It’s square not cube.

let ‘ a’ be any positive integer and b = 3.

we know, a = bq + r , 0 < r< b.

now, a = 3q + r , 0<r < 3.

the possibilities of remainder = 0,1 or 2

Case I – a = 3q

a² = 9q² .

= 3 x ( 3q²)

= 3m (where m = 3q²)

Case II – a = 3q +1

a² = ( 3q +1 )²

= 9q² + 6q +1

= 3 (3q² +2q ) + 1

= 3m +1 (where m = 3q² + 2q )

Case III – a = 3q + 2

a² = (3q +2 )²

= 9q² + 12q + 4

= 9q² +12q + 3 + 1

= 3 (3q² + 4q + 1 ) + 1

= 3m + 1 ( where m = 3q² + 4q + 1)

From all the above cases it is clear that square of any positive integer ( as in this case a² ) is either of the form 3m or 3m +1.