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Re: The units digit of 35^87 + 93^46 is: [#permalink]

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Step 1: (35)^(87) can be broken up into (5)^87 x (7)^87. Each power of 7 ends in a units digit of either a 7,9,3 or 1. Each power of 5 ends in a 5. When you multiply 5 by any odd number you will end up with a units digit of 5.

Step 2: (93)^(46) can be broken up into (3)^46 x (31)^46. Each power of 31 ends in a units digit of 1. Each power of 3 ends in a units digit of either 3,9,7 and 1. Since there is a pattern here where every 4th power of 3 ends in a units digit of 3, the 46th power of 3 would end in a units digit of 9. When you multiply 1 by 9 you end up with a units digit of 9.

Therefore, the units digit we are looking for is 5 + 9 = 14. Units digit will be 4. Answer B.

It is quite intuitive to go for a basic two step approach for this problem.

When dealing with 35^87, we can apply a simple concept here. 5 raised to any power > 0 must have 5 as its units digit. When dealing with 93^46, we can apply the concept of cyclicity. Since the cyclicity of 3 is 4, so units digit of 93^46 is equivalent to teh units digit of 3^2 i.e. 9. On adding these 2 digits i.e. 9 and 5, we get 14 of which the units digit is 4. Will be curious to know how others deal with such questions.
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It is quite intuitive to go for a basic two step approach for this problem.

When dealing with 35^87, we can apply a simple concept here. 5 raised to any power > 0 must have 5 as its units digit. When dealing with 93^46, we can apply the concept of cyclicity. Since the cyclicity of 3 is 4, so units digit of 93^46 is equivalent to teh units digit of 3^2 i.e. 9. On adding these 2 digits i.e. 9 and 5, we get 14 of which the units digit is 4. Will be curious to know how others deal with such questions.

Good question, I have the same question in my mind.

Re: The units digit of 35^87+93^46 is: [#permalink]

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IMO it should be 8 (D)

this is how I would have done in exam : power repetitive of 5.. 5^1 = 5 5^2 = 5 5^3 = 5 5^4 = 5

this means remainders of power ending with 1 gives unit digit 5 remainders of power ending with 2 gives unit digit 5 87/5 gives remainder of 2... hence unit digit left is 5

3^1=3 3^2=9 3^3=7 3^4=1 3^5=3 3^6=9 3^7=7

this means remainders of power ending with 1 gives unit digit remainders of power ending with 2 gives unit digit 9 this means remainders of power ending with 3 gives unit digit 7 remainders of power ending with 4 gives unit digit 1 repetitive nature is 3 46/3 gives remainder 1 hence unit digit is 3 5+3=8 unit digit is 8

Kudos please if my solution is right and having appropriate method Thanks Celestial

I think the answer is B. This is how I approached it..

35^87 + 93^46

Looking at 35^87 and its unit digit (5)- you know this number will end with a units digit 5 because that's how the cycle works with 5's (5^1=5, 5^2=25, 5^3-125 etc..) Looking at 93^46 - you can establish a pattern with the 3's as I've demonstrated below...

3^1=3 3^2=9 3^3=27 3^4=81 3^5=243 (this is where the cycle starts to repeat)

So the cycle is in 4. 46/4 leaves a remainder of 2 so you know this unit digit will end in 9.

5 + 9= 14, thus units digit is 4 and answer is (B) _________

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Hey! Just saw my error! Apologies and no excuses why it happened.. but it happened. Will be more careful posting next time Thanks Celestial

soniasawhney wrote:

I think the answer is B. This is how I approached it..

35^87 + 93^46

Looking at 35^87 and its unit digit (5)- you know this number will end with a units digit 5 because that's how the cycle works with 5's (5^1=5, 5^2=25, 5^3-125 etc..) Looking at 93^46 - you can establish a pattern with the 3's as I've demonstrated below...

3^1=3 3^2=9 3^3=27 3^4=81 3^5=243 (this is where the cycle starts to repeat)

So the cycle is in 4. 46/4 leaves a remainder of 2 so you know this unit digit will end in 9.

5 + 9= 14, thus units digit is 4 and answer is (B)

The units digit of (35)^(87) is the same as the units digit of 5^(87). 5 in ANY positive integer power has the units digit of 5.

The units digit of (93)^(46) is the same as the units digit of 3^(46)=9^23. 9 in odd power has the units digit of 9.

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I will also go with B

The units digit of a number raised to the 5th power will always be 5.

For the units digit of 93^46 we only need the units digit of 3^46. This is the cyclicity of 3: 3^1 = 3 3^2 = 9 3^3 = 27 3^4 = ..1 After that we will get a units digit of 3, so wee stop. The cyclicity of 3 is 4. So, 46/4 leaves a remainder of 2, so we are looking at the second power, which gives a units digit of 9.

Adding the two units digits we get: 5+9 = 14, so the units digit should be 4. ANS B

all numbers follow a repetitive cycle after every 4th power, although few repeat even before that for example 6,5,0,1... 5 to any power will give last digit as 5... 3 follows a repetitive cycle after a multiple of 4... 3^1=3.. 3^2=9.. 3^3=7.. 3^4=1.. 3^5=3.. and so on.. now 46=4*11+2.. power of multiple of 4+2=9.. so last digit =5+9=14.. last digit 4.. ans B
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Re: The units digit of 35^87+93^46 is: [#permalink]

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I think the ans should be (B). Anything with unit digit 5 and any power will give me unit digit of 5. For no with unit digit 3, we will have to check the cyclicity of 3. It's 4. So we divide 46 by 4 and the remainder is 2. Hence, 3^2 is 9. Thus, the net unit digit is 5+9=14 i.e. 4. (B).

We have to figure out each piece separately, and then add them. The first piece is remarkably easy — any power of anything ending in 5 always has a units digit of 5. So the first term has a units digit of 5. Done.

The second term takes a little more work. We can ignore the tens digit, and just treat this base as 3. Here is the units digit patter for the powers of 3. 3^1 has a units digit of 3 3^2 has a units digit of 9 3^3 has a units digit of 7 (e.g. 3*9 = 27) 3^4 has a units digit of 1 (e.g. 3*7 = 21) 3^5 has a units digit of 3 3^6 has a units digit of 9 3^7 has a units digit of 7 3^8 has a units digit of 1

The period is 4. This means, 3 to the power of any multiple of 4 will have a units digit of 1.

3^44 has a units digit of 1 3^45 has a units digit of 3 3^46 has a units digit of 9

Therefore, the second term has a units digit of 9.

Of course 5 + 9 = 14, so something with a units digit of 5 plus something with a units digit of 9 will have a units digit of 4.

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