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Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Three numbers a, b and c are a Pythagorean triple if $a^2+ b^2= c^2$. The triangular numbers are:

$\frac{1\times 2}{2}, \frac{2\times 3}{2}, \frac{3\times 4}{2}, \frac{4\times 5}{2}$

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