15 (number)

15 (number)
Cardinal fifteen
Ordinal 15th
Factorization 3 \cdot 5
Divisors 1, 3, 5, 15
Roman numeral XV
Binary 11112
Octal 178
Duodecimal 1312
Hexadecimal F16
Hebrew ט"ו (Tet Vav)

15 (fifteen) is the natural number following 14 and preceding 16. In English, it is the smallest natural number with seven letters in its spelled name.

In speech, the numbers 15 and 50 are often confused. When carefully enunciated, they differ in which syllable is stressed: 15 /fɪfˈtiːn/ vs 50 /ˈfɪfti/. However, in dates such as 1500 ("fifteen hundred") or when contrasting numbers in the teens, the stress generally shifts to the first syllable: 15 /ˈfɪftiːn/.


In mathematics

Fifteen is a triangular number, a hexagonal number, a pentatope number and the 4th Bell number. Fifteen is the double factorial of 5. It is a composite number; its proper divisors being 1, 3 and 5. With only two exceptions, all prime quadruplets enclose a multiple of 15, with 15 itself being enclosed by the quadruplet (11, 13, 17, 19). 15 is also the number of supersingular primes.

15 is the 4th discrete semiprime (3.5) and the first member of the (3.q) discrete semiprime family. It is thus the first odd discrete semiprime. The number proceeding 15; 14 is itself a discrete semiprime and this is the first such pair of discrete semiprimes. The next example is the pair commencing 21.

The aliquot sum of 15 is 9, a square prime 15 has an aliquot sequence of 6 members (15,9,4,3,1,0). 15 is the fourth composite number in the 3-aliquot tree. The abundant 12 is also a member of this tree. Fifteen is the aliquot sum of the consecutive 4-power 16, and the discrete semiprime 33.

15 and 16 form a Ruth-Aaron pair under the second definition in which repeated prime factors are counted as often as they occur.

Fifteen is the magic constant of the unique order-3 normal magic square:


15 is the smallest number that can be factorized using Shor's quantum algorithm.

There are 15 solutions to Znám's problem of length 7.

15 is a repdigit in binary (1111). In hexadecimal, as well as all higher bases, fifteen is represented as F.

In science

In Pakistan

15 Madadgar is designated as an emergency number in Pakistan, for mobile phones, similar to the international GSM emergency number 112, if 112 is used in Pakistan, then the call is routed to 15. 112 can be used in an emergency even if the phone is locked and does not have a sim-card in it.

In Judaism

In sports

  • In tennis, the number 15 represents the first point gained in a game.
  • In Rugby Union the full back wears the number 15, it is also the number of players on the field.
  • In Baseball, New York Yankees Catcher, Thurman Munson wore number 15, it was eventually retired by the Yankees organization.
  • In U.S. college athletics, schools that are members of NCAA Division I are allowed to provide athletic scholarships to a maximum of 15 women's basketball players in a given season.

The age 15

Age 15 is:

  • The age of a quinceañera, a Hispanic girl celebrating her fifteenth birthday. Thus, Spanish bingo callers might refer to the number 15 as la niña bonita (the beautiful girl).
  • The age for obtaining a driver's (or learner's) permit in certain jurisdictions, including some where the age for a driver's license is sixteen.
  • In the UK a minor can be sent to prison to await trial at the age of 15.
  • In many countries it is the legal age for sexual intercourse. [1]
  • In the UK it is the legal age to watch a BBFC "15" rated film in a cinema or purchase a "15" rated film or video game.
Fifteen total individuals in the mollusk species Donax variabilis comprise the entire coloration and patterning in their phenotypes.

Fifteen is:

  • The number of days in each of the 24 cycles of the Chinese calendar.
  • The number of guns in a gun salute to Army, Marine Corps, and Air Force Lieutenant Generals, and Navy and Coast Guard Vice Admirals.
  • The designation of Interstate 15, a freeway that runs from California to Montana.
  • The designation of U.S. Route 15, a highway that runs from South Carolina to New York.
  • The number of checkers each side has at the start of a backgammon game.
  • The 15 puzzle.
  • A restaurant in London, built by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver
  • 15 minutes of fame
  • The 15th is a Wire song
  • The number of balls in the eight ball variant of billiards
  • The number of letters in the words "uncopyrightable", "dermatoglyphics", "misconjugatedly", and "hydropneumatics", which are the longest words in the English language that do not repeat a letter.[citation needed]
  • 15 is one of The Numbers – 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 42 – featured in Lost.
  • The number to dial for SAMU in case of an emergency in France.
  • The number of minutes in one quarter of an hour; 15 minutes past or before an hour is often known as quarter past and quarter to, respectively.
  • The number of the French department Cantal
  • The number corresponding to The Devil in tarot cards.
  • A Taylor Swift song.

Historical years

15 A.D., 15 B.C., 1715, 1815, 1915...


  1. ^ Worldwide Ages of Consent. Avert.org. Retrieved on 2011-11-01.

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