On quasiperfect numbers

V. Siva Rama Prasad and C. Sunitha
Notes on Number Theory and Discrete Mathematics, ISSN 1310–5132
Volume 23, 2017, Number 3, Pages 73–78
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V. Siva Rama Prasad
Nalla Malla Reddy Engineering College, Divyanagar
Ghatakesar Mandal, Ranga Reddy District,Telangana-501301, India

C. Sunitha
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, RBVRR Women’s College
Narayanaguda, Hyderabad, Telangana-500027, India


A natural number N is said to be quasiperfect if σ(N) = 2N + 1 where σ(N) is the sum of the positive divisors of N. No quasiperfect number is known. If a quasiperfect number N exists and if ω(N) is the number of distinct prime factors of N then G. L. Cohen has proved ω(N) ≥ 7 while H. L. Abbott et. al have shown ω(N) ≥ 10 if (N, 15) = 1. In this paper we first prove that every quasiperfect numbers N has an odd number of special factors (see definition 2.3 below) and use it to show that ω(N) ≥ 15 if (N, 15) = 1 which refines the result of Abbott et.al. Also we provide an alternate proof of Cohen’s result when (N, 15) = 5.


  • Quasiperfect number
  • Special factor

AMS Classification

  • 11A25


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Siva Rama Prasad, V., & Sunitha, C. (2017). On quasiperfect numbers. Notes on Number Theory and Discrete Mathematics, 23(3), 73-78.

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