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In mathematics, a superior highly composite number is a natural number which has more divisors than any other number scaled relative to some positive power of the number itself. It is a stronger restriction than that of a highly composite number, which is defined as having more divisors than any smaller positive integer.

The first 10 superior highly composite numbers and their factorization are listed.

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1 2 2 1 2 2 2
2 6 2 ⋅ 3 1,1 22 4 6
3 12 22 ⋅ 3 2,1 3×2 6 2 ⋅ 6
4 60 22 ⋅ 3 ⋅ 5 2,1,1 3×22 12 2 ⋅ 30
5 120 23 ⋅ 3 ⋅ 5 3,1,1 4×22 16 22 ⋅ 30
6 360 23 ⋅ 32 ⋅ 5 3,2,1 4×3×2 24 2 ⋅ 6 ⋅ 30
7 2520 23 ⋅ 32 ⋅ 5 ⋅ 7 3,2,1,1 4×3×22 48 2 ⋅ 6 ⋅ 210
8 5040 24 ⋅ 32 ⋅ 5 ⋅ 7 4,2,1,1 5×3×22 60 22 ⋅ 6 ⋅ 210
9 55440 24 ⋅ 32 ⋅ 5 ⋅ 7 ⋅ 11 4,2,1,1,1 5×3×23 120 22 ⋅ 6 ⋅ 2310
10 720720 24 ⋅ 32 ⋅ 5 ⋅ 7 ⋅ 11 ⋅ 13 4,2,1,1,1,1 5×3×24 240 22 ⋅ 6 ⋅ 30030
Plot of the number of divisors of integers from 1 to 1000. Highly composite numbers are labelled in bold and superior highly composite numbers are starred. In the SVG file, hover over a bar to see its statistics.

For a superior highly composite number n there exists a positive real number ε such that for all natural numbers k smaller than n we have

and for all natural numbers k larger than n we have

where d(n), the divisor function, denotes the number of divisors of n. The term was coined by Ramanujan (1915).

The first 15 superior highly composite numbers, 2, 6, 12, 60, 120, 360, 2520, 5040, 55440, 720720, 1441440, 4324320, 21621600, 367567200, 6983776800 (sequence A002201 in the OEIS) are also the first 15 colossally abundant numbers, which meet a similar condition based on the sum-of-divisors function rather than the number of divisors.

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PropertiesEdit

All superior highly composite numbers are highly composite.

An effective construction of the set of all superior highly composite numbers is given by the following monotonic mapping from the positive real numbers.[1] Let

 

for any prime number p and positive real x. Then

  is a superior highly composite number.

Note that the product need not be computed indefinitely, because if   then  , so the product to calculate   can be terminated once  .

Also note that in the definition of  ,   is analogous to   in the implicit definition of a superior highly composite number.

Moreover, for each superior highly composite number   exists a half-open interval   such that   .

This representation implies that there exist an infinite sequence of   such that for the n-th superior highly composite number   holds

 

The first   are 2, 3, 2, 5, 2, 3, 7, ... (sequence A000705 in the OEIS). In other words, the quotient of two successive superior highly composite numbers is a prime number.

Superior highly composite radicesEdit

The first few superior highly composite numbers have often been used as radices, due to their high divisibility for their size. For example:

120 appears as the long hundred, while 360 appears as the number of degrees in a circle.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Ramanujan (1915); see also URL http://wwwhomes.uni-bielefeld.de/achim/hcn.dvi

ReferencesEdit

  • Ramanujan, S. (1915). "Highly composite numbers". Proc. London Math. Soc. Series 2. 14: 347–409. doi:10.1112/plms/s2_14.1.347. JFM 45.1248.01. Reprinted in Collected Papers (Ed. G. H. Hardy et al.), New York: Chelsea, pp. 78–129, 1962
  • Sándor, József; Mitrinović, Dragoslav S.; Crstici, Borislav, eds. (2006). Handbook of number theory I. Dordrecht: Springer-Verlag. pp. 45–46. ISBN 1-4020-4215-9. Zbl 1151.11300.

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