## What can you see in the number 585?

Iva Sallay’s Find The Factors page I’ve mentioned before, since it provides a daily factorization puzzle. That’s a fun recreational mathematics puzzle even if the level 6’s and sometimes level 5’s will sometimes feel impossible. I wanted to point out, though, there’s also talk about the factoring of numbers, and ways to represent that factoring, that’s also interesting and attractive to look at. It can also include neat bits of trivia about numbers and their representation. In this example 585 presents some interesting facets, including several ways that it’s a palindromic number. If you don’t care for, or aren’t interested in, the factoring puzzles you might find it worth visiting for the trivia alone.

This week I watched an excellent video titledÂ 5 x 9 is more than 45. Indeed 45 is so much more than simply 5 x 9. Every multiplication fact is much more than that mere fact, butÂ Steve Wyborney used 5 x 9 = 45 in his videoâ€¦ Guess what!Â **585** is a multiple of 45.

As I thought about the number 585, I marveled at some of the hidden mysteries this number holds.

Since 585 is divisible by two different centered square numbers, 5 and 13, I saw that 585 could be represented by this lovely array that has 45 larger squares made up of 13 smaller colorful squares. When you look at the array, do you just see 585 squares or can you see even more multiplication and division facts? If you rotate the array 90 degrees, do the facts change?

What do you see in thisâ€¦

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## ivasallay 3:10 pm

onFriday, 21 August, 2015 Permalink |Thanks for the reblog! Also thank you for being one of my most consistent supporters.

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## Joseph Nebus 9:25 pm

onSaturday, 22 August, 2015 Permalink |Very welcome, and thank you for being reliably interesting.

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## 591 and a Sometimes Impossible Level 6 | Find the Factors 9:11 pm

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