#12: Highly divisible triangular number | Ben Cunningham

#12: Highly divisible triangular number

Problem by Project Euler · on March 8, 2002

The sequence of triangle numbers is generated by adding the natural numbers. So the 7th triangle number would be 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 = 28. The first ten terms would be:

Let us list the factors of the first seven triangle numbers:

 1: 1
 3: 1,3
 6: 1,2,3,6
10: 1,2,5,10
15: 1,3,5,15
21: 1,3,7,21
28: 1,2,4,7,14,28

We can see that 28 is the first triangle number to have over five divisors.

What is the value of the first triangle number to have over five hundred divisors?

Python


def l_factors(x):

    [ll, lh] = [[], []]

    for f in range(1, int(x ** (1/2.0)) + 1):
        if x % f == 0:
            ll.append(f)
            fp = x / f
            if fp != f:
                lh.append(int(fp))

    return ll + list(reversed(lh))
    
tri = [2, 3]
while len(l_factors(tri[1])) < 500:
    tri[0] += 1
    tri[1] += tri[0]

ans = tri[1]

print(ans)
## 76576500