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What is the units digit of \(7^{20}\)?

A. 1
B. 3
C. 5
D. 7
E. 9
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MathRevolution wrote:
What is the units digit of \(7^2^0\)?

A. 1
B. 3
C. 5
D. 7
E. 9


Power cycle of 7 -- 7 ,9,3,1

so it should be 1... :)
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What is the units digit of \(7^2^0\)?

A. 1
B. 3
C. 5
D. 7
E. 9

The cyclicity of 7 is 4. So, 20/4 gives us the unit digit 1 of \(7^2^0\)
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==> Since \(~7^1=~7, ~7^2=~9, ~7^3=~3, ~7^4=~1\), the exponent has a cycle of four, which makes 20=4*5. Then, \(7^2^0=(7^4)^5=~1\) is derived and the answer is A.
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What is the units digit of \(7^2^0\)?

A. 1
B. 3
C. 5
D. 7
E. 9


to reduce the calculation little ..
I rewritten it as (49)^10
for 9 , we know unit digit is 9,1,9,1..
so 1.
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What is the units digit of \(7^2^0\)?

A. 1
B. 3
C. 5
D. 7
E. 9



The question asks 7^2^0 not 7^20.

If it was 7^20, then yes the units digit would be 1. But 7^2^0 is equal to 7. The answer should be 7. I think there is something incorrect here, Bunuel and bb
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MathRevolution wrote:
What is the units digit of \(7^2^0\)?

A. 1
B. 3
C. 5
D. 7
E. 9



The question asks 7^2^0 not 7^20.

If it was 7^20, then yes the units digit would be 1. But 7^2^0 is equal to 7. The answer should be 7. I think there is something incorrect here, Bunuel and bb


It's 7^20. It was just formatted incorrectly. Edited.
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\(7^4\) = \(7*7*7*7\)= \(49*49\) = unit digit \(1\)

\(7^{20}\) = \(7^4\) * \(7^4\) * \(7^4\) * \(7^4\) * \(7^4\) = \(1 * 1 * 1 * 1\) = unit digit \(1\)
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Bunuel wrote:
rishit1080 wrote:
MathRevolution wrote:
What is the units digit of \(7^2^0\)?

A. 1
B. 3
C. 5
D. 7
E. 9



The question asks 7^2^0 not 7^20.

If it was 7^20, then yes the units digit would be 1. But 7^2^0 is equal to 7. The answer should be 7. I think there is something incorrect here, Bunuel and bb


It's 7^20. It was just formatted incorrectly. Edited.


7 has cyclicity of 4 so when power 20 divided by 4 gives remainder 0. shouldn't it be 7 as answer. can you explain how remainder is related to cyclicity. where am i missing the link?
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What is the units digit of \(7^{20}\)?

A. 1
B. 3
C. 5
D. 7
E. 9


Let’s start by evaluating the pattern of the units digits of 7^n for positive integer values of n. That is, let’s look at the pattern of the units digits of powers of 7. When writing out the pattern, notice that we are ONLY concerned with the units digit of 7 raised to each power.

7^1 = 7

7^2 = 9

7^3 = 3

7^4 = 1

7^5 = 7

We can see that the pattern of the units digit of powers of 7 repeats every 4 exponents. The pattern is 7–9–3–1. In this pattern, all positive exponents that are multiples of 4 will produce a 1 as its units digit. Thus:

7^20 has a units digit of 1.

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