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$28$ (twenty-eight) is:

$2^2 \times 7$


The $7$th triangular number after $1$, $3$, $6$, $10$, $15$, $21$:
$28 = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 = \dfrac {7 \times \left({7 + 1}\right)} 2$
Hence there are $28$ dominoes in a standard set


The $4$th hexagonal number after $1$, $6$, $15$:
$28 = 1 + 5 + 9 + 13 = 4 \left({2 \times 4 - 1}\right)$


The $2$nd perfect number after $6$:
$28 = 1 + 2 + 4 + 7 + 14 = \sigma \left({28}\right) - 28 = 4 \times 7 = 2^{3 - 1} \left({2^3 - 1}\right)$


The smallest triangular number which is the sum of $2$ cubes:
$28 = 1 + 27 = 1^3 + 3^3$


The $3$rd Ore number after $1$, $6$:
$\dfrac {28 \times \tau \left({28}\right)} {\sigma \left({28}\right)} = 3$


The $6$th semiperfect number after $6$, $12$, $18$, $20$, $24$:
The $3$rd primitive semiperfect number after $6$, $20$:
$28 = 1 + 2 + 4 + 7 + 14$


The $12$th Ulam number after $1$, $2$, $3$, $4$, $6$, $8$, $11$, $13$, $16$, $18$, $26$:
$28 = 2 + 26$


The $3$rd Keith number after $14$, $19$:
$2$, $8$, $10$, $18$, $28$, $\ldots$


The $7$th happy number after $1$, $7$, $10$, $13$, $19$, $23$:
$28 \to 2^2 + 8^2 = 4 + 64 = 68 \to 6^2 + 8^2 = 36 + 64 = 100 \to 1^2 + 0^2 + 0^2 = 1$


The $5$th term of Göbel's sequence after $1$, $2$, $3$, $5$, $10$:
$28 = \left({1 + 1^2 + 2^2 + 3^2 + 5^2 + 10^2}\right) / 5$


The $3$rd Sierpiński number of the first kind after $2$, $5$:
$28 = 3^3 + 1$


The $12$th even number after $2$, $4$, $6$, $8$, $10$, $12$, $14$, $16$, $20$, $22$, $26$ which cannot be expressed as the sum of $2$ composite odd numbers.


The only perfect number which is the sum of equal powers of exactly $2$ positive integers:
$28 = 1^3 + 3^3$


The $17$th after $1$, $2$, $4$, $5$, $6$, $8$, $9$, $12$, $13$, $15$, $16$, $17$, $20$, $24$, $25$, $27$ of the $24$ positive integers which cannot be expressed as the sum of distinct non-pythagorean primes.


The $20$th integer $n$ after $0$, $1$, $2$, $3$, $4$, $5$, $6$, $7$, $8$, $9$, $13$, $14$, $15$, $16$, $18$, $19$, $24$, $25$, $27$ such that $2^n$ contains no zero in its decimal representation:
$2^{28} = 268 \, 435 \, 456$


The $15$th positive integer which is not the sum of $1$ or more distinct squares:
$2$, $3$, $6$, $7$, $8$, $11$, $12$, $15$, $18$, $19$, $22$, $23$, $24$, $27$, $28$, $\ldots$


Also see



Historical Note

There are approximately $28$ days in the lunar cycle.

This is probably the origin of the widespread cultural custom of splitting time both into $7$-day chunks called weeks, and also the year into $12$ approximately $28$-day chunks called months.

There are $28$ pounds avoirdupois in one quarter.


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