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If x is a positive integer, what is the remainder when 7^(12

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Re: If x is a positive integer, what is the remainder when 7^(12 [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2014, 04:56
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If x is a positive integer, what is the remainder when 7^(12x+3) + 3 is divided by 5?

A. 0
B. 1
C. 2
D. 3
E. 4


Binomial method works well here.
First lets assume x=1

so 7^12x+3 + 3 / 5 what is the remainder?

7^15 + 3 /5

(5+2)^15 / 5, all terms will be divisible by 5 except 2^15

What is remainder of 2^15 / 5?

2^15 = 2* 4^7 = 2(5-1)^7

All terms will again be divisible by 5 except -1^7
Then -1*2 = -2 + 3 = 1

Hence we have a remainder of 1 when divided by 7

Answer is thus B

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J :)


Just wondering is it possible to multiply both numerator and denominator by 2 in order to get 10 as denominator? That way we would only need to worry about the units digit of the expression

Bunuel, could you clarify whether this approach is valid?

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Not following you.

Aren't we even without multiplying concerned only about the units digit?
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Re: If x is a positive integer, what is the remainder when 7^(12 [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2014, 07:58
Well if we are dividing by 5 then the remainder has nothing to do with the units digit as far as I'm concerned. But if we had 10 as a denominator then we could just care about the units digit on the numerator and find the answer easily, that's what I tried to do but somehow I'm getting 2 as a remainder which of course is not correct
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