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# If you divide 7^131 by 5, which remainder do you get?

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01 Apr 2014, 05:37
Actually in my sleep yesterday it occurred to me that something such as the following could be done.

Whenever we have 5 in the denominator we can multiply both numerator and denominator by 2 so we get 10 in the denominator and therefore we can just find the units digit in the numerator

It would be something like this

7^131/5 = 7^131*2/10

7 has cyclisity of 7,9,3,1 therefore units digit is 3*2=6 but since we multiplied by 2, then 3

* Remember that the remainder of a number when divided by 2 is the units digit. Likewise, the remainder of a number when divided by 100 are the last two digits

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01 Apr 2014, 22:31
jlgdr wrote:
Actually in my sleep yesterday it occurred to me that something such as the following could be done.

Whenever we have 5 in the denominator we can multiply both numerator and denominator by 2 so we get 10 in the denominator and therefore we can just find the units digit in the numerator

It would be something like this

7^131/5 = 7^131*2/10

7 has cyclisity of 7,9,3,1 therefore units digit is 3*2=6 but since we multiplied by 2, then 3

* Remember that the remainder of a number when divided by 2 is the units digit. Likewise, the remainder of a number when divided by 100 are the last two digits

Hope it makes sense
Cheers
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Your method is correct but for this question. If you generalize it, it could be flawed. The reason is this: if there is a number with units digit as 6 (e.g. .......6), when you divide it by 2, the last digit could be 3 but it could also be 8. Here we know that we multiplied a power of 7 so the last digit CANNOT be 8 so your method is fine but be careful when you try to generalize it.

Also, you don't need to multiply by 2 to make the denominator 10. Even when the denominator is 5, the last digit is enough to give you the remainder. If the last digit is from 0 to 4, the remainder is the same as the last digit. If the last digit is from 5 to 9, remainder is (last digit - 5).
7^131 ends with 3 so remainder when divided by 5 must be 3.
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21 May 2014, 07:19
If we raise the power of 7 by 2 , last digit will be 9 (7X7 = 49)
If we raise the power of 7 by 3, last digit will be 3 (7X7X7 = 343)
If we raise the power of 7 by 4 , last digit will be 1 (A9 X A9 = XYZ1; Here A is 49)
If we raise the power of 7 by multiple of 4 , last digit will be always 1 .

Now 131 = 4X32 + 3

Raising the power of 7 by 131 is equal to raising the power by 4X32 and then multiplying by 7^3

last digit of first term will be 1 and second term will be 3

Hence last digit of 7^131 will be 1X3 = 3

Since last digit is less than 5, if we divide the number by 5 we will get 3 as remainder ( If last digit is 5 or greater than 5 we have to subtract 5 from last digit to get the remainder)

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If you divide 7^131 by 5, which remainder do you get?

a) 0
b) 1
c) 2
d) 3
e) 4

We can solve this problem using the two ways:

1. This method is limited to this question or any question which has 5 or 10 or their power in the denominator.

If I can know the last 2 digits of this, I can know what will be the remainder of 7^131 when divided by 5, by dividing the last 2 digits by 5.

To calculate the last two digits, we need to see the pattern of the digits -
7
49
43
01
07
49

The cyclicity is 4. Now dividing 131 by cliclicity to know the 2 digit number. The remainder is 3 thus the last 3 digits will be 03.

Now a number with last 2 digits as 03, will give remainder 3 when divided by 5.

Thus 3.

The second method is generic and will work with all the possible scenarios.

When 7 is divided by 5, the remainder is 2.
2 has a cyclicity of 4 with 131, we'll be left with 3.
2^3 = 8
when we divide this by 5, we get the remainder 3.

Thus Ans = 3 (D)
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I started doing this question a couple of wks after going through remainders and binomial theorem.
My first instinct was to use the binomial theorem, and I failed to remember it/do it correctly.

Can you help me understand when I would use binomial theorem, vs. the simple solution that is used here of just finding the pattern?

My suspicion is that binomial theorem will be used if we have a denominator >10. Please let me know if my understanding is correct. Thank you!!
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Cyclicity of 7 is 4 => hence the answer => 3 i.e Option => D
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