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Re: If n = (33)^43 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2012, 23:33
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If n = (33)^43 + (43)^33 what is the units digit of n?

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In such type of exponents problem, first find the cyclicity of unit digit of 3. which is (3,9,7,1)

Now convert exponent value in to multiple of 4.
here 43=4(10)+3 so take 3^3 as unit value of first term which is 27 ===> unit digit is 7 (3,9,7,1)
Now 33=4(8)+1,so take 3^1 as unit value of second term which is 3^1====> unit digit is 3 (3,9,7,1)

Now unit digit of n = unit digit of first term + unit digit of 2nd term = 7+3=10 = unit digit is 0
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If n = (33)^43 + (43)^33 what is the units digit of n?

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Hi Archit,

Just follow the unit digits:

n = (33)^43 + (43)^33

Here the last digits would determine the power.

So,

n = (33)^43 + (43)^33 ~ 3^43 + 3 ^33

Now last digits of 3^1, 2, 3, 4, 5 = 3, 9, 7, 1, 3. The cycle repeats after every 4 rounds.

So n = 3^43 + 3 ^33 = 3^(40+3) + 3^(32+1) = {(3^(4*10)}{3^3} + {(3^(4*8)}{3^1}

Now last digits of these terms would be {1}{7} + {1}{3} = 10

Hence the last digit is 0.

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Re: If n = (33)^43 + (43)^33 what is the units digit of n? [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2012, 03:27
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Re: If n = (33)^43 + (43)^33 what is the units digit of n? [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2014, 19:16
Both terms has 3 at the units place, so the units place cycle around 3,9,7,1
33^43 will have 7 & 43^33 will have 3

7 + 3 = 10, 0 would be in the units place of the resultant

Answer = 0 = A
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Re: If n = (33)^43 [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2014, 10:43
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Archit143 wrote:
If n = (33)^43 + (43)^33 what is the units digit of n?

0
2
4
6
8

pls suggest approach for such probs


In such type of exponents problem, first find the cyclicity of unit digit of 3. which is (3,9,7,1)

Now convert exponent value in to multiple of 4.
here 43=4(10)+3 so take 3^3 as unit value of first term which is 27 ===> unit digit is 7 (3,9,7,1)
Now 33=4(8)+1,so take 3^1 as unit value of second term which is 3^1====> unit digit is 3 (3,9,7,1)

Now unit digit of n = unit digit of first term + unit digit of 2nd term = 7+3=10 = unit digit is 0


I can't understand why it has to be a multiple of 4.
I mean, 43 can also be expressed as (2)(21)+1 but this would be wrong.
Generally in such exercises it has to be a multiple of 4, or I don't get something?
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Re: If n = (33)^43 [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2014, 11:56
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bhavinshah5685 wrote:
Archit143 wrote:
If n = (33)^43 + (43)^33 what is the units digit of n?

0
2
4
6
8

pls suggest approach for such probs


In such type of exponents problem, first find the cyclicity of unit digit of 3. which is (3,9,7,1)

Now convert exponent value in to multiple of 4.
here 43=4(10)+3 so take 3^3 as unit value of first term which is 27 ===> unit digit is 7 (3,9,7,1)
Now 33=4(8)+1,so take 3^1 as unit value of second term which is 3^1====> unit digit is 3 (3,9,7,1)

Now unit digit of n = unit digit of first term + unit digit of 2nd term = 7+3=10 = unit digit is 0


I can't understand why it has to be a multiple of 4.
I mean, 43 can also be expressed as (2)(21)+1 but this would be wrong.
Generally in such exercises it has to be a multiple of 4, or I don't get something?


If n = (33)^43 + (43)^33 what is the units digit of n?

A. 0
B. 2
C. 4
D. 6
E. 8

First of all, the units digit of (33)^43 is the same as that of 3^43 and the units digit of (43)^33 is the same as that of 3^33. So, we need to find the units digit of 3^43 + 3^33.

Next, the units digit of 3 in positive integer power repeats in blocks of four {3, 9, 7, 1}:
3^1=3 (the units digit is 3)
3^2=9 (the units digit is 9)
3^3=27 (the units digit is 7)
3^4=81 (the units digit is 1)
3^5=243 (the units digit is 3 again!)
...

Thus:
The units digit of 3^43 is the same as the units digit of 3^3, so 7 (43 divided by the cyclicity of 4 gives the remainder of 3).
The units digit of 3^33 is the same as the units digit of 3^1, so 3 (33 divided by the cyclicity of 4 gives the remainder of 1).

Therefore the units digit of (33)^43 + (43)^33 is 7 + 3 = 0.

Answer: A.
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Re: If n = (33)^43 [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2014, 12:04
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If n = (33)^43 + (43)^33 what is the units digit of n?

A. 0
B. 2
C. 4
D. 6
E. 8

First of all, the units digit of (33)^43 is the same as that of 3^43 and the units digit of (43)^33 is the same as that of 3^33. So, we need to find the units digit of 3^43 + 3^33.

Next, the units digit of 3 in positive integer power repeats in blocks of four {3, 9, 7, 1}:
3^1=3 (the units digit is 3)
3^2=9 (the units digit is 9)
3^3=27 (the units digit is 7)
3^4=81 (the units digit is 1)
3^5=243 (the units digit is 3 again!)
...

Thus:
The units digit of 3^43 is the same as the units digit of 3^3, so 7 (43 divided by the cyclicity of 4 gives the remainder of 3).
The units digit of 3^33 is the same as the units digit of 3^1, so 3 (33 divided by the cyclicity of 4 gives the remainder of 1).

Therefore the units digit of (33)^43 + (43)^33 is 7 + 3 = 0.

Answer: A.


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Re: If n = (33)^43 + (43)^33 what is the units digit of n? [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2014, 01:46
Bunuel,

I found mistake in the solution given by you-

The Cycle here is

9, 7, 1, 3 Not 3, 9, 7 , 1 (as you stated)

Multiply 33 x 33 Once, what do we get 1089, Unit digit is 9. So the cycle should start at 9

By that logic we should add

1 + 9 = 10 Answer is still A.

But lets tweak it-

(33)^43 + (43)^34

Bunuel you will do this with your chosen cycle- 7+9 = 16, Your answer will be 6

With my chosen Cycle- 1+7 = 8.

That could be a trap if they play on the starting point of the cycle.
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Re: If n = (33)^43 + (43)^33 what is the units digit of n? [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2014, 06:13
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Bunuel,

I found mistake in the solution given by you-

The Cycle here is

9, 7, 1, 3
Not 3, 9, 7 , 1 (as you stated)

Multiply 33 x 33 Once, what do we get 1089, Unit digit is 9. So the cycle should start at 9

By that logic we should add

1 + 9 = 10 Answer is still A.

But lets tweak it-

(33)^43 + (43)^34

Bunuel you will do this with your chosen cycle- 7+9 = 16, Your answer will be 6

With my chosen Cycle- 1+7 = 8.

That could be a trap if they play on the starting point of the cycle.


Please re-read the solution and follow the links given above.

You should start with power of 1:
3^1=3 (the units digit is 3)
3^2=9 (the units digit is 9)
3^3=27 (the units digit is 7)
3^4=81 (the units digit is 1)
3^5=243 (the units digit is 3 again!)
...
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