Hosted by The Math Forum## Problem of the Week 1018## Balanced NumbersCall a positive integer n "balanced" if the average number of 1s that occur in the digits of 1, 2, 3, ..., n is EXACTLY 1. Then 1 is balanced. But 2 is not balanced since the average of {1, 0} is 1/2; and 11 is unbalanced because the average of {1,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,1,2} is 4/11. Is 1 the only balanced integer? © Copyright 2004 Stan Wagon. Reproduced with permission. |

3 November 2004