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June 2nd, 2017, 12:37 PM   #1
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Primitive Pythagoras nth term

Hi new to this forum. I was messing about with generating pythagorean triples using: x^2-y^2,2xy,x^2+y^2 and the difference between b and c and noticed this.
I knew that if x-1=y b would be 1 less than c. I realised this meant you could organise these triples using x=n+1 and y=n but realised that for triples where b+2=c the nth term would look like this: x= [(2n+3)2^0.5]/2 and y=[(2n+1)2^0.5]/2 these always make primitive triples and I was wondering whether anyone knew if it could be done for places where there is different gaps between b and c.

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June 3rd, 2017, 08:42 AM   #2
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These 7 Pythagorean triples all have shorter leg = 660:
Also, that is the only case where short leg < 1000.

Perhaps that'll help you in "checking different gaps".
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June 3rd, 2017, 09:41 AM   #3
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If you use $a=mn, \, b=\frac12(m^2-n^2), \, c=\frac12(m^2+n^2)$, then every coprime pair $(m,n)$ of odd natural numbers gives you a primitive Pythagorean Triple. Furthermore, this scheme gives you every primitive Pythagorean Triple.
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