To show that two numbers are amicable you must first find their proper divisors. So first you need to know what a proper divisor is: a

*positive factor of that number other than the number itself. For example, the proper divisors of 6 are 1, 2, and 3*(again, thank you Wiki). Let's work with 220 and 284.
Proper divisors of 220: 1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 11, 20, 22, 44, 55, 110

Proper divisors of 284: 1, 2, 4, 71, 142

If we add together all the proper divisors of 220 we obtain 284.

If we add together all the proper divisors of 284 we obtain 220.

Weeeeeird. In short, that is what amicable numbers, or more commonly amicable pairs, are.

This site gives a nice little brief history on amicable numbers. Briefly discuss famous mathematicians who found amicable pairs, Pythagoras being the first to find 220 and 284 as an amicable pair, and several other devoting their time to finding others. The page even offers a way to discover other amicable pairs. Fancy.

Who knew that numbers had BFFs. I guess everyone deserves them.

FUN FACTS

Proper divisors of 284: 1, 2, 4, 71, 142

If we add together all the proper divisors of 220 we obtain 284.

If we add together all the proper divisors of 284 we obtain 220.

Weeeeeird. In short, that is what amicable numbers, or more commonly amicable pairs, are.

This site gives a nice little brief history on amicable numbers. Briefly discuss famous mathematicians who found amicable pairs, Pythagoras being the first to find 220 and 284 as an amicable pair, and several other devoting their time to finding others. The page even offers a way to discover other amicable pairs. Fancy.

Who knew that numbers had BFFs. I guess everyone deserves them.

FUN FACTS

- There are some amicable pairs (m, n), in which the sum of digits of m and n is equal [4]. For example, consider amicable pair ( 69615, 87633),
- Sum of digits of 69615 = 6+9+6+1+5 = 27
- Sum of digits of 87633 = 8+7+6+3+3 = 27
- There is no amicable pair in which one of the two numbers is a square