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C/C++ Program for Triangular Matchstick Number
  • Last Updated : 05 Dec, 2018

Given a number X which represents the floor of a matchstick pyramid, write a program to print the total number of matchstick required to form a pyramid of matchsticks of x floors.


Input : X = 1
Output : 3
Input : X = 2
Output : 9

This is mainly an extension of triangular numbers. For a number X, the matchstick required will be three times of X-th triangular numbers, i.e., (3*X*(X+1))/2

// C++ program to find X-th triangular
// matchstick number
#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
int numberOfSticks(int x)
    return (3 * x * (x + 1)) / 2;
int main()
    cout << numberOfSticks(7);
    return 0;

Please refer complete article on Triangular Matchstick Number for more details!

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