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# If n is a positive integer, what is the remainder when

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17 Jul 2008, 01:51
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If n is a positive integer, what is the remainder when $$3^{8n+3} + 2$$ is divided by 5?

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

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17 Jul 2008, 02:41
3^(8n+3)+2 = 3^8n*3^3+2.
3 ^( anything to the form 4n where n=1,2,3,4) will end with 1.
(8n=4*2n)
3^3 ends with 7
so ....1*....7=no. ending with 7.
so (no. ending with 7) +2=no. ending with 9.
when divided by 5,remaider is 4
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17 Jul 2008, 03:39
Another E.

arjtryarjtry has already given a great explanation!

arjtryarjtry wrote:
3^(8n+3)+2 = 3^8n*3^3+2.
3 ^( anything to the form 4n where n=1,2,3,4) will end with 1.
(8n=4*2n)
3^3 ends with 7
so ....1*....7=no. ending with 7.
so (no. ending with 7) +2=no. ending with 9.
when divided by 5,remaider is 4
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Re: Math Set 1: Q13 [#permalink]

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17 Jul 2008, 04:50
In case you are not familiar with rules governing such powers, just write down last digits for powers of 3.

3^1 -- last digit =3
3^2 -- last digit = 9
3^3 -- last digit = 7
3^4 -- last digit = 1
3^5 -- last digit = 3 (starts repeating from here...)

so 8n+3 will always lead you to the 3 step in the iteration. 3,11,19..etc. so last digit 7+2 =9.
when divided by 5, remainder always is 4.
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17 Jul 2008, 09:45
jimmylow wrote:
If n is a positive integer, what is the remainder when $$3^{8n+3} + 2$$ is divided by 5?

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

Show the quickest way to solve this question.

Thks

Powers of 3: 1 2 3 4
3 9 7 1 [unit digit]

for n=1,2,3,... we are looking for 3^11, 3^19 and 3^27. They all present unit digit of 7
7+2=9
9/5 => remainder = 4
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06 Aug 2008, 15:48
arjtryarjtry wrote:
3^(8n+3)+2 = 3^8n*3^3+2.
3 ^( anything to the form 4n where n=1,2,3,4) will end with 1.
(8n=4*2n)
3^3 ends with 7
so ....1*....7=no. ending with 7.
so (no. ending with 7) +2=no. ending with 9.
when divided by 5,remaider is 4

This method works with a denominator of 5 with any number that ends with a 7 (as noted above):
(27+2)/5 = 5 remainder of 4
(37+2)/5 = 7 remainder of 4
(47+2)/5 = 9 remainder of 4 ---> all remainders of 4

but what if the denominator was 6:
(27+2)/6 = 4 remainder of 5
(37+2)/6 = 6 remainder of 3 ---> you get 2 different remainders. Am I missing something in the method above??
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06 Aug 2008, 17:01
jimmylow wrote:
If n is a positive integer, what is the remainder when $$3^{8n+3} + 2$$ is divided by 5?

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

Show the quickest way to solve this question.

Thks

i took n=1, $$3^{8n+3} + 2$$ = (27(3^8)+2)/5 = 5+((2(3^8)+2)/5)
3^8=6561 => 5+(((6561*2)+2 )/2)=> remainder = 4

Hence this is the method i used.Here there is no question of what can be the remainder its just what is the remnainder which means take any value of n and solve
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Re: Math Set 1: Q13 [#permalink]

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07 Aug 2008, 10:03
jimmylow wrote:
If n is a positive integer, what is the remainder when $$3^{8n+3} + 2$$ is divided by 5?

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

Show the quickest way to solve this question.

Thks

the quickest, hm....

$$3^{1}$$ = 3
$$3^{2}$$ = 9
$$3^{3}$$ = 27
$$3^{4}$$ = 81
$$3^{5}$$ = 243

see the pattern, so:

= $$3^{8n+3} + 2$$
= $$3^{8n} . 3^{3} + 2$$

since 8n is a multiple of 4 and therefore no matter the value of n, we can drop $$3^{8n}$$
8n:

= $$3^{3} + 2$$
= 29

so 4 is the reminder
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