All Friedman numbers with 4 or fewer digits are known:
25, 121, 125, 126, 127, 128, 153, 216, 289, 343, 347, 625, 688, 736, 1022, 1024,
1206, 1255, 1260, 1285, 1296, 1395, 1435, 1503, 1530, 1792, 1827, 2048, 2187, 2349,
2500, 2501, 2502, 2503, 2504, 2505, 2506, 2507, 2508, 2509, 2592 ,2737, 2916, 3125,
3159, 3281, 3375, 3378, 3685, 3784, 3864, 3972, 4088, 4096, 4106, 4167, 4536, 4624,
4628, 5120, 5776, 5832, 6144, 6145, 6455, 6880, 7928, 8092, 8192, 9025, 9216, 9261.
Mike Reid, Ulrich Schimke, and Philippe Fondanaiche solved all the Friedman numbers with 4 or fewer digits. Here are the solutions:
25 = 5^{2} | 121 = 11^{2} | 125 = 5^{1+2} | 126 = 6 × 21 | 127 = – 1 + 2^{7} | 128 = 2^{8–1} |
153 = 3 × 51 | 216 = 6^{2+1} | 289 = (8 + 9)^{2} | 343 = (3 + 4)^{3} | 347 = 7^{3} + 4 | 625 = 5^{6–2} |
688 = 8 × 86 | 736 = 7 + 3^{6} | 1022 = 2^{10} – 2 | 1024 = (4 – 2)^{10} | 1206 = 6 × 201 | 1255 = 5 × 251 |
1260 = 6 × 210 | 1285 = (1 + 2^{8}) × 5 | 1296 = 6^{(9–1)/2} | 1395 = 15 × 93 | 1435 = 35 × 41 | 1503 = 3 × 501 |
1530 = 3 × 510 | 1792 = 7 × 2^{9–1} | 1827 = 21 × 87 | 2048 = 8^{4} / 2 + 0 | 2187 = (2 + 1^{8})^{7} | 2349 = 29 × 3^{4} |
2500 = 50^{2} + 0 | 2501 = 50^{2} + 1 | 2502 = 2 + 50^{2} | 2503 = 50^{2} + 3 | 2504 = 50^{2} + 4 | 2505 = 50^{2} + 5 |
2506 = 50^{2} + 6 | 2507 = 50^{2} + 7 | 2508 = 50^{2} + 8 | 2509 = 50^{2} + 9 | 2592 = 2^{5} × 9^{2} | 2737 = (2 × 7)^{3} – 7 |
2916 = (1 × 6 × 9)^{2} | 3125 = (3 + 1 × 2)^{5} | 3159 = 9 × 351 | 3281 = (3^{8} + 1) / 2 | 3375 = (3 + 5 + 7)^{3} | 3378 = (7 + 8)^{3} + 3 |
3685 = (3^{6} + 8) × 5 | 3784 = 8 × 473 | 3864 = 3 × (– 8 + 6^{4}) | 3972 = 3 + (9 × 7)^{2} | 4088 = 8^{4} – 8 – 0 | 4096 = (4 + 0 × 9)^{6} |
4106 = 4^{6} + 10 | 4167 = 4^{6} + 71 | 4536 = 56 × 3^{4} | 4624 = (64 + 4)^{2} | 4628 = 68^{2} + 4 | 5120 = 5 × 2^{10} |
5776 = 76^{7–5} | 5832 = (2 × 5 + 8)^{3} | 6144 = 6 × 4^{4+1} | 6145 = 6 × 4^{5} + 1 | 6455 = (6^{4} – 5) × 5 | 6880 = 8 × 860 |
7928 = 89^{2} – 7 | 8092 = 90^{2} – 8 | 8192 = 8 × 2^{9+1} | 9025 = 95^{2} + 0 | 9216 = 1 × 96^{2} | 9261 = 21^{9–6} |
In 2002, I wrote a program capable of finding all the 5–digit Friedman numbers. Here they are. In 2013, Giovanni Resta found an omission. They are here.
The known 6–digit nice Friedman numbers are here.
In 2013, all the 6–digit Friedman numbers were computed by Giovanni Resta! They can be found here.
Here are the number of Friedman numbers known with n digits:
Number of Digits | Number of Friedman Numbers | Number of Nice Friedman Numbers |
---|---|---|
1 | 0 | 0 |
2 | 1 | 0 |
3 | 13 | 3 |
4 | 58 | 11 |
5 | 772 | 93 |
6 | 8968 | 528 |
Here is a graph of the size of the Friedman numbers with 6 or fewer digits:
And here is a graph of the size of the nice Friedman numbers with 6 or fewer digits:
Mike Reid, Philippe Fondanaiche, and I found that 123456789 = ((86 + 2 × 7)^{5} – 91) / 3^{4} and 987654321 = (8 × (97 + 6/2)^{5} + 1) / 3^{4} are Friedman numbers. In 2007, Chris Wardle found another pandigital Friedman number. This inspired us to find many more, shown below. Bruno Curfs found another in 2008, and several more in 2013 and 2015. There is even a nice pandigital Friedman number known: 268435179 = –268 + 4^{(3×5 – 17)} – 9. The known 9– and 10‐digit pandigital Friedman numbers can be found here.
A vampire number is a number that can be written as the product of numbers that together contain the same digits as the number itself. This sequence, a subsequence of the Friedman numbers, begins 126, 153, 688, 1206, 1255, 1260, 1395, 1435, 1503, 1530, 1827, 2187, 3159, 3784, 6880, . . . , and is sequence A020342 of the Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences. Philippe Fondanaiche sent me lots of vampire numbers, but noticed that vampire numbers get more and more rare, so that the vast majority of Friedman numbers use the exponential operator.
Bruno Curfs sent these files of pandigital vampire numbers. Some have 9 digits and others have 10 digits.
Several contributors were interested in repdigit Friedman numbers. The best known results on these are here. The sequence of Friedman numbers which contain exactly 2 different digits starts 25, 121, 343, 688, 29929, 46644, 46646, 46664, 55225, 117777, 244224, 699696, 699966, .... What are the next terms?
Robert Reid notes that 7776 would be a Friedman number if we allowed decimal points: 7776 = 6^{7/(.7+.7)}. Jacon Minninga showed the same about 4875 = 7.8 × 5^{4}.
The following people disproved that F(n)/n → 0. Brendan Owen used N,12588304 = N × 10^{8} + 3548^{2}. Mike Reid used N,46656 = N × (4+6)^{5} + 6^{6}. Note that these examples also show that there are Friedman numbers beginning with any string of digits.
Michael Brand sent me an amazing proof in March of 2010 that F(n)/n → 1. It was published in 2013: Michael Brand, "Friedman numbers have density 1", Discrete Applied Mathematics, 161 (16-17), pp. 2389-2395, 2013.
Ulrich Schimke conjectures that for every k which is not a power of 10, k^{n} is a Friedman number for arbitrarily large n. He notes that 2^{n} appears to be a Friedman number for all n>9. Trevor Green points out that all powers of 5 seem to be Friedman numbers.
A pretty wild narcissistic number uses the digits in order, but also allows the square root and factorial operators. So nice Friedman numbers are a subset of these numbers.
Philippe Fondanaiche noticed that most Friedman numbers are composite. The first few known prime Friedman numbers are 127, 347, 2503, 12101, 12107, 12109, 15629, 15641, 15661, 15667, 15679, 16381, 16447, 16759, 19739, . . . .
Ron Kaminsky proved that there are infinitely many prime Friedman numbers. The numbers k×10^{14}+19683 = k×10^{6+8}+3^{9}+0+0+ . . . are Friedman numbers for all k. The numbers of this form are an arithmetic sequence a n+b where a and b are relatively prime, and therefore, by a well–known theorem of Dirichlet, the sequence contains an infinite number of primes.
Here are some other results of mine on Friedman numbers. There are arbitrarily long strings of consecutive Friedman numbers, because of the numbers from 25×10^{2n} to 25×10^{2n} + 10^{n} – 1 are 10^{n} consecutive Friedman numbers. For example, 250068 = 500^{2}+68. This also shows that there are Friedman numbers ending with any string of digits.
It is also easy to show that if n>60, there is a Friedman number between n and 2n. Zeroes can be added to the right of any of the Friedman numbers 688 = 8 × 86, 1206 = 6 × 201, 1827 = 21 × 87, 3159 = 9 × 351, and 3784 = 8 × 473. The list at the top of the page handles the small cases.
The known Friedman numbers in other small bases can be found here.
Trevor Green proved that there are infinitely many Friedman numbers in every base by considering numbers of the form 1000...02000...01=1000...01^{2}+0+0+...+0 in bases larger than 2 and numbers of the form 1000...01000...0001=10001^{10}+0+0+...+0 in base 2.
Trevor Green also writes: "25 is a Friedman number in bases 2, 3 and 4 as well as base 10. What other numbers are Friedman numbers in more than one base, or in an unusually large number of bases? What numbers are not Friedman numbers in any base?"
Trevor Green has found several other strings which are Friedman numbers in all large bases, such as 102030201 = (10301 – 200)^{2} and 1367631 = (117 – 6)^{(6+3)/3}. Also, he found the series 121 = 11^{2}, 12321 = (113 – 2)^{2}, 1234321 = (1143 – 32)^{2}, 123454321 = (11543 – 432)^{2}, . . . .
Trevor Green noticed that when a>1 and b>2, 1ab is a Friedman number in base a(b–1), since it can be written 1ab = b×a1. He also noted that when a>1 and b>1, if we let c=a×b and d=a^{2}×b, then acd is a Friedman number in base b×(d–1), since it can be written acd = c×da.
In 2007, Trevor Green sent me a list of the 3–digit Friedman numbers in all bases up to 100 that are not part of a known family. They can be found here. A month later he sent me some of the patterns from the list.
Robert Happelberg invented the concept of Roman Friedman Numbers. Here are the ones we found less than 100:
Roman Friedman Numbers | |||
VIII = IV × II | XVIII = IV × II + X | XXVII = IX × (X/V + I) (BH) | XXVIII = IV × II + XX |
XXXIII = XI × (X/X + II) | XXXVI = VI^{XX/X} | XXXVII = IX × (X/V + I) + X (BH) | XXXVIII = IV × II + XXX |
XLIV = L – V – I^{X} | XLVI = L – V + I^{X} | XLVII = L – X/V – I × I (BH) | XLVIII = IV × II + XL |
XLIX = L – I^{XX} | LVIII = IV × II + L | LXVIII = IV × II + LX | LXXIV = L × XV / X – I (BH) |
LXXV = L / X × XV (BH) | LXXVI = L / X × XV + I (BH) | LXXVII = L / X × XV + II (BH) | LXXVIII = L / X × XV + III (BH) |
LXXXI = IX^{X×X/L} | LXXXII = IX^{X×X/L} + I | LXXXIII = IX^{X×X/L} + II | LXXXIV = LX / X × XIV (AF) |
LXXXVI = L × XV / X + XI | LXXXVII = L × XV / X + XII | LXXXVIII = IV × II + LXXX | LXXXIX = X × (X – I^{L}) – X/X |
XCIV = C – V – I^{X} | XCVI = C – V + I^{X} | XCVII = C – X/V + I×I | XCVIII = IV × II + XC |
XCIX = C – I^{XX} |
In 2013, Alan Frank found the first non-trivial nice Roman Friedman number. Then Bryce Herdt found several more.
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