# Number Gossip

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## Unique Properties of 55

- 55 is the largest triangular number in the Fibonacci sequence
- 55 is the smallest multidigit triangular number which is a palindrome

## Rare Properties of 55

*Fibonacci* numbers are numbers that form the Fibonacci sequence. The Fibonacci sequence is defined as starting with 1, 1 and then each next term is the sum of the two preceding ones.

Fibonacci numbers are very common in nature. For example, a pineapple has 8 spirals if you count one way, and 13 if you count the other way.

## Common Properties of 55

A positive integer greater than 1 that is not prime is called *composite*.

Composite numbers are opposite to prime numbers.

The number n is *deficient* if the sum of all its positive divisors except itself is less than n.

Compare with perfect and abundant numbers.

A number is *odd* if it is not divisible by 2.

Numbers that are not odd are even. Compare with another pair -- evil and odious numbers.

The number n is *odious* if it has an odd number of 1's in its binary expansion.

Guess what evil numbers are.

A *palindrome* is a number that reads the same forward or backward.

A number is said to be *square-free* if its prime decomposition contains no repeated factors.

If you start with n points on a line, then draw n-1 points above and between, then n-2 above and between them, and so on, you will get a triangle of points. The number of points in this triangle is a *triangle* number.

Compare to square, pentagonal and tetrahedral numbers.