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What is the remainder when 9^1 + 9^2 + 9^3 +...+ 9^9 is divided by 6?

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What is the remainder when 9^1 + 9^2 + 9^3 +...+ 9^9 is divided by 6?

A. 0
B. 3
C. 2
D. 5
E. None of the above


30 sec approach:
Given: \(9^1+(9^2+9^3+9^4+9^5+9^6+9^7+9^8+9^9)\). Notice that in the brackets we have the sum of 8 odd multiples of 3, hence the sum in the brackets will be even multiple of 3 (the sum of 8 odd numbers is even). So, the sum in the brackets is multiple of 6 (remainder is zero). So we are just left with the first term 9, which yields remainder of 3 upon division by 6.

Answer: B.
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Don't really know if my approach is correct but this is how I approached it.

When divided by \(6\), \(9^1\) leaves a remainder of \(3\)
When divided by \(6\), \(9^2\) leaves a remainder of \(3\)
When divided by \(6\), \(9^3\) leaves a remainder of \(3\)

You can check further if you want to, but at this point I had decided that all the terms individually leave a remainder of \(3\), so all the remainder added up would be \(9*3=27\) , and \(27\) divided by \(6\) leaves a remainder of \(3\) . Hence the answer should be B.

If I am correct, remainders can be added and then divided by the original number to come up with the remainder. For example, lets take two numbers, \(11\) and \(13\) and divide them by \(4\). \(11\) and \(13\) add up to \(24\) and \(24\) divided by \(4\) leaves a remainder of \(0\). \(11\) divided by \(4\) leaves a remainder of \(3\), \(13\) divided by \(4\) leaves a remainder of \(1\). Now when you add the remainders, \(3+1=4\), which leaves a remainder of 0 when divided by \(4\) or is divisible by \(4\).
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Hi.. i did it like -
the last digits are -
9^1 = 9
9^2 = 8
9^3 = 7
9^4 = 6
till
9^9 = 1

=> adding no. from 1 to 9 = 45
45/6 = 3
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Hi.. i did it like -
the last digits are -
9^1 = 9
9^2 = 8
9^3 = 7
9^4 = 6
till
9^9 = 1

=> adding no. from 1 to 9 = 45
45/6 = 3


There is a flaw in your aproach... 9^2 = 81
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What is the remainder when 9^1 + 9^2 + 9^3 +...+ 9^9 is divided by 6?

A. 0
B. 3
C. 2
D. 5
E. None of the above


30 sec approach:
Given: \(9^1+(9^2+9^3+9^4+9^5+9^6+9^7+9^8+9^9)\). Notice that in the brackets we have the sum of 8 odd multiples of 3, hence the sum in the brackets will be even multiple of 3 (the sum of 8 odd numbers is even). So, the sum in the brackets is multiple of 6 (remainder is zero). So we are just left with the first term 9, which yields remainder of 3 upon division by 6.

Answer: B.


Hi Bunnel,

I did it as below:
Sum = 9/8*(9^9-1)
Rem (s/6) = ?

9^9 - has units digit 9,
9-1 = 8/8 = 1
9^2 = 81-1 = 80/8 = 10
9^3 = 729-1 = 728/8 = 91

Sum = 9*Integer
Rem (s, 6) = 3

Here I could do this because the integral multiple of 9 in the sum is not a multiple of 6.

Can I use this method for other cases?
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I searched for the patrons in the digit of nine, which resulted in 1,9,1,9,1,9..... after that I summed them up which was 49. 49 divided by 6 left a remainder of 3.
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6 is an even multiple of 3. When any even multiple of 3 is divided by 6, it will leave a remainder of 0. Or in other words it is perfectly divisible by 6.

On the contrary, when any odd multiple of 3 is divided by 6, it will leave a remainder of 3. For e.g when 9 an odd multiple of 3 is divided by 6, you will get a remainder of 3.

9 is an odd multiple of 3. And all powers of 9 are odd multiples of 3.
Therefore, when each of the 9 powers of 9 listed above are divided by 6, each of them will leave a remainder of 3.

The total value of the remainder = 3 + 3 + .... + 3 (9 remainders) = 27.
27 is divisible by 6. Hence, it will leave remainder as 3.

Hence, the final remainder when the expression 9^1 + 9^2 + 9^3 + .... + 9^9 is divided by 6 will be equal to '3'.
and one more point to add if the expression is 9^1+9^2+...........+9^10 is divided by 6 then the remainter will be '0'

We can generalize it further:-
if (9^1+9^2+.......9^n) if n is odd then the remainder will always be 3 and if n is even then the remainder will always be '0'.

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What is the remainder when 9^1 + 9^2 + 9^3 +...+ 9^9 is divided by 6?

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What is the remainder when 9^1 + 9^2 + 9^3 +...+ 9^9 is divided by 6?

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B. 3
C. 2
D. 5
E. None of the above


9^45 = (6+3)^45 .. leaves us with 3^45..which will always give us a remainder of 3 when divided by 6 (27/6, 81/6, 9/6).. final answer B..

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There is a flaw you are stating that (6+3)^45 = 6^45 + 3^45 which is incorrect.

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What is the remainder when 9^1 + 9^2 + 9^3 +...+ 9^9 is divided by 6?

A. 0
B. 3
C. 2
D. 5
E. None of the above


9^45 = (6+3)^45 .. leaves us with 3^45..which will always give us a remainder of 3 when divided by 6 (27/6, 81/6, 9/6).. final answer B..

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Here The key o such kind of questions is to find any pattern
here sum of odd terms yields remainder of 3
and sum of even => remainder =0
since there are 9 terms involved => remainder = 3
Hence B
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The easiest way here is to find he pattern
here 9^1/6=> remainder =3
9^1+9^2/6=> reminder = 0
9^1+9^2+9^3/6=> remainder =3
hence the cyclicity is 2
so the number of terms are odd => remainder =3
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An arithmetics question here, isn't 9^1 + 9^2 + 9^3 +...+ 9^9 the same as 9^11? like factor all the common nines, it will give you 9^2 (nine nines) then add them to the given 9^9 and get 9^11. Does this make sense?... We are given a sum, so Im not sure this logic works..

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An arithmetics question here, isn't 9^1 + 9^2 + 9^3 +...+ 9^9 the same as 9^11? like factor all the common nines, it will give you 9^2 (nine nines) then add them to the given 9^9 and get 9^11. Does this make sense?... We are given a sum, so Im not sure this logic works..

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No, this does not make sense. Not sure how you are getting this... You CANNOT factor out 9^2 out of 9^1 + 9^2 + 9^3 +...+ 9^9, you can only factor out 9.
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