Q: Is 1,200 a Fibonacci Number?

 A: No, the number 1,200 is not a Fibonacci number.

How is 1,200 not a Fibonacci number?

The Fibonacci Sequence is a series of numbers where you add the previous two numbers together. The product of each is a Fibonacci number.

You start with 0 and add 1 to get the answer 1. You then add 1 + 1 to get 2. Then 2 + 1 to get 3. Then 2 + 3 to get 5, and so on.

To help you see it a little better, the numbers you add together have been color coded:


0 + 1 = 1
1 + 1 = 2
1 + 2 = 3
2 + 3 = 5
3 + 5 = 8
5 + 8 = 13


What would be the next Fibonacci number? If you answered 21, you're right. Here's how: You add 8 + 13, which equals 21. The product of each set of numbers is a Fibonacci number. There are an infinite number of Fibonacci numbers.


So now that we have a little background on what a Fibonacci number is, let's work through it and try to see if 1,200 is a Fibonacci number.


Remember, we start with 0 + 1 = 1 then 1 + 1 = 2 then 1 + 2 = 3 then 2 + 3 = 5, and so on...


Long Form Fibonacci Test


0 + 1 = 1
1 + 1 = 2
1 + 2 = 3
2 + 3 = 5
3 + 5 = 8
5 + 8 = 13
8 + 13 = 21
13 + 21 = 34
21 + 34 = 55
34 + 55 = 89
55 + 89 = 144
89 + 144 = 233
144 + 233 = 377
233 + 377 = 610
377 + 610 = 987
987 + 1,597 = 1,597

Notice the last equation above (in red). This shows that 1,200 is NOT a Fibonacci number because the sum of the last equation is larger than the number 1,200 and the sum of the equation before it is smaller than the number 1,200.

  • This is just one way to find a Fibonacci number and is arguably the easiest to understand. There are many ways to calculate a Fibonacci number. Take a look at Wikipedia for more information.

More Examples

Here are the next few Fibonacci numbers for you to take a look at:

1,597 2,584 4,181 6,765 10,946 17,711

Are any of the surrounding numbers a Fibonacci number?

Let's take a look and see...

Number 1,1981,1991,2011,202
Fibonacci? nononono

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