# Find the sequence number of a triangular number

• Last Updated : 06 Aug, 2022

Given an integer N print the sequence number of the given Triangular Number. If the number is not a triangular number then print -1.

A number is termed as a triangular number if we can represent it in the form of a triangular grid of points such that the points form an equilateral triangle and each row contains as many points as the row number, i.e., the first row has one point, the second row has two points, the third row has three points and so on.
First 10 triangular number are: 1, 3, 6, 10, 15, 21, 28, 36, 45, 55.

Examples:

Input: N = 21
Output:
Explanation:
Since 15 is a 6th Triangular Number.
Input: N = 12
Output:-1
Explanation:
Since 12 is not a Triangular Number

Approach:

1. Since triangular numbers are sum of natural numbers so can be generalise as quadratic equation.

## C++

 `// C++ code to print sequence``// number of a triangular number``#include``using` `namespace` `std;` `int` `main()``{``    ``int` `N = 21;``    ``int` `A = ``sqrt``(2 * N + 0.25) - 0.5;``    ``int` `B = A;` `    ``// If N is not triangular number``    ``if` `(B != A)``        ``cout << ``"-1"``;``    ``else``        ``cout << B;``}` `// This code is contributed by yatinagg`

## Java

 `// Java code to print sequence``// number of a triangular number``import` `java.util.*;``class` `GFG{``    ` `public` `static` `void` `main(String args[])``{``    ``int` `N = ``21``;``    ``int` `A = (``int``)(Math.sqrt(``2` `* N + ``0.25``) - ``0.5``);``    ``int` `B = A;` `    ``// If N is not tringular number``    ``if` `(B != A)``        ``System.out.print(``"-1"``);``    ``else``        ``System.out.print(B);``}``}` `// This code is contributed by Akanksha_Rai`

## Python3

 `# Python3 code to print sequence``# number of a triangular number` `import` `math` `N ``=` `21``A ``=` `math.sqrt(``2` `*` `N ``+` `0.25``)``-``0.5``B ``=` `int``(A)` `# if N is not tringular number``if` `B !``=` `A:``    ``print``(``-``1``)``else``:``    ``print``(B)        `

## C#

 `// C# code to print sequence``// number of a triangular number``using` `System;``class` `GFG{``    ` `public` `static` `void` `Main()``{``    ``int` `N = 21;``    ``int` `A = (``int``)(Math.Sqrt(2 * N + 0.25) - 0.5);``    ``int` `B = A;` `    ``// If N is not tringular number``    ``if` `(B != A)``        ``Console.Write(``"-1"``);``    ``else``        ``Console.Write(B);``}``}` `// This code is contributed by Code_Mech`

## Javascript

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Output:

`6`

Time Complexity: O(1)
Auxiliary Space: O(1)

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