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Proof Without Words: Squares Modulo 3

Roger B. Nelsen
The College Mathematics Journal
Vol. 44, No. 4 (September 2013), p. 283
DOI: 10.4169/college.math.j.44.4.283
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.4169/college.math.j.44.4.283
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Abstract

Summary Using the fact that the sum of the first n odd numbers is n2, we show visually that n2 ≣ 0 (mod 3) when n ≣ 0 (mod 3), and n2 ≣ 1 (mod 3) when n ≣ ±1 (mod 3).

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