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The nth term of a sequence is given by the formula n^3 + 11n . Find the first four terms of the sequence given by this formula and the first term of the sequence which is bigger than one million. Prove that all terms of the sequence are divisible by 6.

Reasonable Algebra

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Have you noticed that in the picture for 4+5+6+7+8+9+10 the rectangle has an even length and an odd height

How about a diagram representing 8+9+10+11+12+13+14+15+16+17?
What can you say about the length and height of the rectangle in this case?

Is there a general rule?