# Prove that the product of three consecutive positive integers is divisible by 6.

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by pratikagarwala

2015-06-22T08:42:56+05:30

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We need to show that, based on that assumption, (k+1)(k+2)(k+3) is also divisible by 6. (k+1)(k+2)(k+3) = (k+1)(k+2)k + (k+1)(k+2)3 = k(k+1)(k+2) + 3(k+1)(k+2). By induction hypothesis, the first term is divisible by 6, and the second term 3(k+1)(k+2) is divisible by 6 because it contains a factor 3 and one of the two consecutive integers k+1 or k+2 is even and thus is divisible by 2. Thus it is divisible by both 3 and 2, which means it is divisible by 6. The theorem is proved since the sum of two multiples of 6 is also a multiple of 6.
2015-06-22T12:09:14+05:30

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Let the numbers be n,n+1,n+2
For a number to be divisible by 6, it must be divisible by 2 and 3 both.

Out of n,n+1,n+2 , one number will be divisible by 2 because if any one of the numbers is odd ,the next number will be even and hence divisible by 2.

Similarly we can say that since the multiples of 3 repeat after intervals of 3, one in 3 consecutive numbers will be divisible by 3.