# An Unexpected Congruence Modulo 5 for 4--Colored Generalized Frobenius Partitions

## Combinatorics/Partitions Seminar

## Meeting Details

For more information about this meeting, contact Matthew Katz, James Sellers, George Andrews.

**Speaker:** James Sellers, PSU

**Abstract:** In his 1984 AMS Memoir, George Andrews defined the family of $k$--colored generalized Frobenius partition functions. These are denoted by $c\phi_k(n)$ where $k\geq 1$ is the number of colors in question. In that Memoir, Andrews proved (among many other things) that, for all $n\geq 0,$ $c\phi_2(5n+3) \equiv 0\pmod{5}.$ Soon after, many authors proved congruence properties for various $k$--colored generalized Frobenius partition functions, typically with a small number of colors. In 2011, Baruah and Sarmah proved a number of congruence properties for $c\phi_4$, all with moduli which are powers of 4. In this brief note, we add to the collection of congruences for $c\phi_4$ by proving this function satisfies an unexpected result modulo 5. The proof is elementary, relying on Baruah and Sarmah's results as well as work of Srinivasa Ramanujan.

## Room Reservation Information

**Room Number:** 106 McAllister

**Date:** 01/15/2013

**Time:** 11:15am - 12:05pm