Sums of Two Generalized Tetrahedral Numbers
Expressing whole numbers as sums of figurate numbers, including tetrahedral numbers, is a longstanding problem in number theory. Pollock's tetrahedral number conjecture states that every positive integer can be expressed as the sum of at most five tetrahedral numbers. Here we explore a generalization of this conjecture to negative indices. We provide a method for computing sums of two generalized tetrahedral numbers up to a given bound, and explore which families of perfect powers can be expressed as sums of two generalized tetrahedral numbers.
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