Prove that a right angled triangle with all integer sides has an area that is divisible by 6.
Let's look at the fundamental Pythagorean triplets instead of looking at their similar triangles. So we have the sides: , where m and n are two coprime natural numbers.
The area becomes: As m and n are coprime, if they are of the same parity, then they both have to be odd and hence, a factor of 4 and hence 2, is established in side If the parity is even for either one of them, then a factor of 2 is established in the product mn. Now we need to look for a factor of 3 in order to prove the question.
If either one of m and n is a multiple of 3, then there's no question about it since the factor gets established in the product mn.
Otherwise, W.L.O.G*, let m and n have the configuration:
We can immediately see that in the first and last cases, the difference of m and n creates a factor of three in the area. In the second case, the sum creates a factor of three. Hence the area is going to be divisible by 6.
*= Without Loss Of Generality.
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