# 121 is Square Number in All Bases greater than 2

## Theorem

Let $b \in \Z$ be an integer such that $b \ge 3$.

Let $n$ be a positive integer which can be expressed in base $b$ as $121_b$.

Then $n$ is a square number.

## Proof

Consider $11_b$.

By the Basis Representation Theorem:

$11_b = b + 1$

Thus:

 $\displaystyle {11_b}^2$ $=$ $\displaystyle \paren {b + 1}^2$ $\displaystyle$ $=$ $\displaystyle b^2 + 2 b + 1$ Square of Sum $\displaystyle$ $=$ $\displaystyle 121_b$

Thus:

$121_b = {11_b}^2$

and so is a square number.

$\blacksquare$