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|Factorization||3 · 5|
|Divisors||1, 3, 5, 15|
|Hebrew||ט"ו (Tet Vav)|
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In spoken English, the numbers 15 and 50 are often confused because they sound similar. When carefully enunciated, they differ in which syllable is stressed: 15 // vs 50 //. However, in dates such as 1500 ("fifteen hundred") or when contrasting numbers in the teens, the stress generally shifts to the first syllable: 15 //.
Fifteen is a triangular number, a hexagonal number, a pentatope number and the 5th Bell number (i.e. the number of partitions for a set of size 4). Fifteen is the double factorial of 5, and there are 15 perfect matchings of the complete graph K6 and 15 rooted binary trees with four labeled leaves, both of these being among the types of object counted by the double factorials. 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.
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.
- The atomic number of phosphorus.
- Group 15 of the periodic table are sometimes known as the "Pnictogens".
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 the Hebrew numbering system, the number 15 is not written according to the usual method, with the letters that represent "10" and "5" (י-ה, yodh and heh), because those spell out one of the Jewish names of God. Instead, the date is written with the letters representing "9" and "6" (ט-ו, teth and vav)
- Passover begins on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Nisan
- Sukkot begins on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei
- Tu Bishvat is a Jewish holiday occurring on the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shevat
- Shushan Purim (the day on which Purim is celebrated in Jerusalem and a few other cities in Israel) occurs on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Adar
- Tu B'Av is a minor Jewish holiday occurring on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Av
- There are 15 things mentioned in the middle of Yishtabach, and 15 words in the conclusion
- There are 15 Shir Hama'alot in Psalms, from 120 to 134
- In all four of the major Gaelic games—hurling, Gaelic football for men and women, and camogie—each team has 15 players on the field at any given time.
- In tennis, the number 15 represents the first point gained in a game.
- In rugby union:
- In baseball, the National League and American League within Major League Baseball will each have 15 teams starting in 2013.
- 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 jersey number 15 has been retired by several North American sports teams in honor of past playing greats or other key figures:
- In Major League Baseball:
- In the NBA:
- The Boston Celtics, for Hall of Famer Tom Heinsohn, who would later serve the team as a head coach and broadcaster.
- The Dallas Mavericks, for Brad Davis.
- The Detroit Pistons, for Vinnie Johnson.
- The New York Knicks have retired the number twice, both for Hall of Fame players. #15 was first retired in 1986 for Earl Monroe. Six years later, it was retired a second time for Dick McGuire, who had worn the number before Monroe's arrival in the NBA.
- The Philadelphia 76ers, for Hall of Famer Hal Greer.
- The Portland Trail Blazers, for Larry Steele.
- In the NHL:
- In the NFL:
Age 15 is:
- The age of a quinceañera, a Hispanic girl celebrating her 15th 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 legal age for a driver's license is 16.
- In the UK a minor can be sent to prison to await trial at the age of 15.
- In some countries it is the legal age for sexual intercourse. 
- 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.
In other fields
- 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 number of checkers each side has at the start of a backgammon game.
- The 15 puzzle.
- 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.
- 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.
- Worldwide Ages of Consent. Avert.org. Retrieved on 2011-11-01.
- Wells, D. The Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers London: Penguin Group. (1987): 91–93
- Clewett, James. "15: f in hexadecimal". Numberphile. Brady Haran. – discussing hexadecimals
- Bowley, Roger. "15: Bumfit". Numberphile. Brady Haran. – discussing the Celtic number as used in Lincolnshire