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So basically we should calculate the last digit of \((12!)^4-1\). Obviously 12! has the last digit 0, so has (12!)^4, hence \((12!)^4-1\) has the last digit 9.

How do we determine the last digit of 12! is 0? Please explain.
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How do we determine the last digit of 12! is 0? Please explain.

\(12!=1*2*3*...*10*11*12\), as there is \(10\) among the multiples the last digit will be \(0\). Basically if we have \(n!\) and \(n>=5\) the last digit will be \(0\), as there are \(2\) and \(5\) among the multples and they make zero when multiplied.

Actually \(12!\) has \(2\) zeros in the end, as \(\frac{12}{5}=2\).

If you want to know more about trailing zeros, see link about the factorials below.
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How do we determine the last digit of 12! is 0? Please explain.

\(12!=1*2*3*...*10*11*12\), as there is \(10\) among the multiples the last digit will be \(0\). Basically if we have \(n!\) and \(n>=5\) the last digit will be \(0\), as there are \(2\) and \(5\) among the multples and they make zero when multiplied.

Actually \(12!\) has \(2\) zeros in the end, as \(\frac{12}{5}=2\).

If you want to know more about trailing zeros, see link about the factorials below.

If \(\frac{(12!)^{16} - (12!)^8}{(12!)^8 + (12!)^4} = a\) , what is the unit’s digit of \(\frac{a}{(12!)^4}\)?

(A) 0 (B) 1 (C) 3 (D) 5 (E) 9

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Once you understand that you need to find the last digit of (12!)^4- 1, there isn't much left to do.

What will be the last digit of 12! Look: 1! =1 2! = 2 3! = 6 4! = 24 5! = 120 6! = 720 7! = 5040 and so on... The last digit will always be 0 (starting 5!) because there will always be a 2 and 5 to make a 10. So 12! will end with a 0 too. When you take it to fourth power, it will end with 0 again (\(10^4 = 10000, 20^4 = 160000\) etc).

Hence, \((12!)^4\) ends with a 0. When you subtract 1 from it, it must end with a 9 (it is 1 less than a multiple of 10).
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How do we determine the last digit of 12! is 0? Please explain.

\(12!=1*2*3*...*10*11*12\), as there is \(10\) among the multiples the last digit will be \(0\). Basically if we have \(n!\) and \(n>=5\) the last digit will be \(0\), as there are \(2\) and \(5\) among the multples and they make zero when multiplied.

Actually \(12!\) has \(2\) zeros in the end, as \(\frac{12}{5}=2\).

If you want to know more about trailing zeros, see link about the factorials below.

There is also a rule which says that till 4! you can calculate the last digit and when it goes beyond 5! it always be 0.Am i right?
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How do we determine the last digit of 12! is 0? Please explain.

\(12!=1*2*3*...*10*11*12\), as there is \(10\) among the multiples the last digit will be \(0\). Basically if we have \(n!\) and \(n>=5\) the last digit will be \(0\), as there are \(2\) and \(5\) among the multples and they make zero when multiplied.

Actually \(12!\) has \(2\) zeros in the end, as \(\frac{12}{5}=2\).

If you want to know more about trailing zeros, see link about the factorials below.

There is also a rule which says that till 4! you can calculate the last digit and when it goes beyond 5! it always be 0.Am i right?

Yes, for integer n>4, then the units digit of n! is 0.
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There is also a rule which says that till 4! you can calculate the last digit and when it goes beyond 5! it always be 0.Am i right?

Also, don't think of it as a "rule". When you have 5!, you have both a 2 and a 5 so they multiply to give 10. Hence 5! will end with a 0. This is true for every n after 5 since there will always be at least one 2 and one 5 for all the factorials: 6! = 1*2*3*4*5*6; 7! = 1*2*3*4*5*6*7 etc
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E is correct, here is my 2 cents

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Aloha Everyone ..! Nice question. Here is my approach => Here we can use the property of a^2-b^2=(a+b)*( a-b) to simplify a to (12!)^8-(12!)^4 a/(12!)^4=> (12!)^4-1 now 12! has a zero as its UD . Hence (12!)^4 also has a zero as its UD so the UD of a => UD0-UD1=> UD 9

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