# Category: Elementary Number Theory

## Problem 496

Prove that if $2^n-1$ is a Mersenne prime number, then
$N=2^{n-1}(2^n-1)$ is a perfect number.

On the other hand, prove that every even perfect number $N$ can be written as $N=2^{n-1}(2^n-1)$ for some Mersenne prime number $2^n-1$.