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Take away from your year of birth the sum of the four numerals that make it up. You will end of with a number divisible by 9. Why is this?

 Apr 30, 2015

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Your birthyear has 4 digits  let it be     abcd

I mean

1000a+100b+10c+d        that is the year you were born.

now if I add the 4 digits i get   a+b+c+d

so doing the subtraction I get

1000a+100b+10c+d -(a+b+c+d)

=1000a+100b+10c+d -a-b-c-d

=999a+99b+9c

=9(111a+11b+c)

Which is obviously divisable by 9 since 9 is one of the factors   

Isn't mathematics fun  

 May 1, 2015
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I know how to show this     

 May 1, 2015
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The sum of numbers from 0 ==> 9  is divisible by  9;

0+1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9 = 45                 45 / 9 = 5 

 

Let's take year  1776;

1776-21=1755                   1755/9=195

 

This is true for all multi digit numbers starting with # 10;

10-1=9                9/9=1

78-15=63           63/9=7

358-16=342        342/9=38

486,372,103 - 34 = 486,372,069                   486,372,069 / 9 = 54,041,341

 

The question is:  Why is this so?

I don't have the right answer to this question, but what I see from these examples is that the #9 has a 'special' place in a structure of multi digit numbers.

 May 1, 2015
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Do you want me to show you?

Maybe you want a little hint?

 May 1, 2015
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Go ahead, show me.

 May 1, 2015
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Best Answer

Your birthyear has 4 digits  let it be     abcd

I mean

1000a+100b+10c+d        that is the year you were born.

now if I add the 4 digits i get   a+b+c+d

so doing the subtraction I get

1000a+100b+10c+d -(a+b+c+d)

=1000a+100b+10c+d -a-b-c-d

=999a+99b+9c

=9(111a+11b+c)

Which is obviously divisable by 9 since 9 is one of the factors   

Isn't mathematics fun  

Melody May 1, 2015
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Wow Melody.

 

Cool use of Algebra!

 May 1, 2015
 #7
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Yep - algebra is really cool

And later you will find that Calculus is EVEN cooler !!    

 May 1, 2015
 #8
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Thanks, Melody! It is interesting.

 May 1, 2015
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O.O

 

i wanna learn Calculus!

 May 1, 2015

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