# Smallest triangular number larger than p

• Last Updated : 19 Mar, 2021

Given n number of buckets and each bucket is numbered from 1 to n and flowers in it are equal to triangular numbers. You have to choose the bucket which is left with minimum flower after picking ‘p’ flowers from it. Attention reader! Don’t stop learning now. Get hold of all the important mathematical concepts for competitive programming with the Essential Maths for CP Course at a student-friendly price. To complete your preparation from learning a language to DS Algo and many more,  please refer Complete Interview Preparation Course.

First bucket contains only 1 flower, second bucket contains 3, third bucket contains 6 and so on following a pattern of n(n+1)/2.
Examples :

```Input : p = 4
Output : bucket 3
Explanation :
Buckets with flowers : 1 3 6 10 ....
So, bucket 3 is left with only two flowers after
selecting p flowers from it which is minimum.

Input : p = 10
Output : bucket 4
Explanation :
Bucket with flowers : 1 3 6 10 15 ...
So, selecting 10 flowers from 4th bucket leave
it with 0 flowers.```

Approach :
Observing the input/output of different cases, bucket number can be calculated using formula :

`n = ceil( (sqrt(8*p+1)-1)/2 ) ;`

How does it work?
We need smallest n such than n*(n+1)/2 >= p
So we need to find roots of equation n2 + n – 2*p >= 0.
By applying the formula discussed here, we get n = ceil( (sqrt(8*p+1)-1)/2 )

## C++

 `// CPP code to find the bucket to choose``// for picking flowers out of it``#include``using` `namespace` `std;` `int` `findBucketNo(``int` `p)``{``   ``return` `ceil``( ( ``sqrt``( 8*p + 1 ) -1 ) / 2 ) ;``}` `// Driver code``int` `main()``{``  ``int` `p = 10 ;   ``  ``cout << findBucketNo(p);``  ``return` `0;``}`

## Java

 `//Java code to find the bucket to choose``// for picking flowers out of it``import` `java.lang.System.*;` `class` `GFG {``    ` `    ``static` `int` `findBucketNo(``int` `p)``    ``{``        ``return` `(``int``)Math.ceil((``        ``Math.sqrt( ``8``*p + ``1` `) -``1` `) / ``2` `) ;``    ``}``    ` `    ``// Driver code``    ``public` `static` `void` `main(String[] args)``    ``{``        ``int` `p = ``10` `;``        ` `        ``System.out.println(findBucketNo(p));``    ``}``}` `// This code is contributed by``// Smitha Dinesh Semwal`

## Python 3

 `# Python 3 code to find the bucket``# to choose for picking flowers``# out of it``import` `math` `def` `findBucketNo(p):` `    ``return` `math.ceil( ( math.sqrt(``               ``8``*``p ``+` `1` `) ``-``1` `) ``/` `2` `)` `# Driver code``p ``=` `10` `print``(findBucketNo(p))` `# This code is contributed by``# Smitha Dinesh Semwal`

## C#

 `// C# code to find the bucket to choose``// for picking flowers out of it``using` `System;` `class` `GFG {``    ` `    ``static` `int` `findBucketNo(``int` `p)``    ``{``        ``return` `(``int``)Math.Ceiling((``        ``Math.Sqrt( 8*p + 1 ) -1 ) / 2 );``    ``}``    ` `    ``// Driver code``    ``static` `public` `void` `Main ()``    ``{``        ``int` `p = 10 ;``        ``Console.WriteLine(findBucketNo(p));``    ``}``}` `// This code is contributed by Ajit.`

## PHP

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## Javascript

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Output :
`4`

Time Complexity : O(1)

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