This tag is for questions about divisibility, that is, determining when one thing is a multiple of another thing.

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Where did the sum-of-divisors function come from?

Doing a research project on a few number-theoretic functions, and I was curious, where does the sum-of-divisors function come from? Surely someone thought it up and made it a possibility. I'm talking ...
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Congruence class $[a]$ modulo $m$, $\gcd(x, m) = \gcd(a, m)$

I'm currently stumped on this question: Let $a$ and $m$ be integers such that $m\ge1$. Consider the congruence class of $a$, i.e., $[a]$ modulo $m$. Prove that: For all $x\in[a]$, ...
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Is my understanding right on the divisiblity rule?

For a given number and a divisor. If the prime factors of the divisor can divide a number,then can I say that the divisor will divide a number. For example - 786 divide by 21 If I break 21 in the ...
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finding A using with restriction $1 \leq a \leq 20$ in GCD

For what $1 \leq a \leq 20$ you are finding $a$ is it true that $a^m+a^n=x^2$ for positive integers $a,m,n,x.$ I did $a^m+a^n=x^2.$ $=a^m(a^{n-m}+1)=x^2$ We know that since $(a,b)=1$ since the ...
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Prove or disprove $\gcd(q,r) \mid b$ if $a = bq + r$

Prove or disprove $\gcd(q,r) \mid b$ if $a, b, q, r \in \Bbb{Z}^+ \ni a = bq +r$ I'm pretty sure it's true (I can't think of a counter example), but I don't see how to prove it. Some of my ...
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$1-\frac{1}{2}+\frac{1}{3}-\frac{1}{4}+\frac{1}{5}-\dots+\frac{1}{1331}=\frac{p}{q}$; is $p$ divisible by $1997$?

if $p,q\in \mathbb{N}$ and $$1-\frac{1}{2}+\frac{1}{3}-\frac{1}{4}+\frac{1}{5}-\dots+\frac{1}{1331}=\frac{p}{q}$$ why is $p$ divisible by $1997$?
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Compute remainder of division

I am trying to compute the remainder of the following division: $$9^{123456789} \quad\textrm{by}\quad 17.$$ Any ideas on how to work this out?
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Number of pairs $(A,B)$ with $\gcd(A,B)=B, A \ne B^2$ with $A,B \le n$

How many pairs $(A,B)$ of integers up to $n$ are there such that $\gcd(A,B)=B$, not counting those pairs where $B^2=A$? If we consider $n = 5$ we have $25$ possible pairs. They are ...
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Prove the $n$th Fibonacci number is the integer closest to $\frac{1}{\sqrt{5}}\left( \frac{1 + \sqrt{5}}{2} \right)^n$

Prove that the $n$th Fibonacci number $f_n$ is the integer that is closest to the number $$\frac{1}{\sqrt{5}}\left( \frac{1 + \sqrt{5}}{2} \right)^n.$$ Hi everyone, I don't really understand the ...
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Prove that if $n^2$ is divided by 3, then also $n$ can also be divided by 3.

$n\in \Bbb N$ Prove that if $n^2$ is divided by 3, then also n can also be divided by 3. I started solving this by induction, but I'm not sure that I'm going in the right direction, any ...
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Proof for $\gcd(F_m,F_n)=F_{\gcd(n,m)}$ [duplicate]

I saw many questions/answers, where: $$\gcd(F_m,F_n)=F_{\gcd(n,m)}$$ is taken as a fact. But how can I actually prove that this is true?
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Proving congruence class

Let $a$ and $m$ be integers such that $m ≥ 1$. Consider the congruence class of $a$, $[a]$ modulo $m$. It follows that $∀ x ∈ [a], \gcd(x, m) = \gcd(a, m)$. I have my algebra midterm in two ...
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Proving property of congruence - help needed

Let $c,d,m,k ∈ \mathbb{Z}$ such that $m ≥ 2$ and $k$ is not zero. Let $f = \gcd(k,m)$. If $c \equiv d \pmod m $ and $k$ divides both $c$ and $d$, then $$ \frac{c}{k} \equiv \frac{d}{k} ...
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Prove that $gcd(a, b) = gcd(b, a-b)$

I can understand the concept that $\gcd(a, b) = \gcd(b, r)$, where $a = bq + r$, which is grounded from the fact that $\gcd(a, b) = \gcd(b, a-b)$, but I have no intuition for the latter.
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If for all $n\in\Bbb{N}, a^n-n$ divides $b^n-n$ then $a=b$.

Exercise: Let $a,b\in\Bbb{N}$, show that if for all $n\in\Bbb{N}, \quad a^n-n$ divides $b^n-n$, then $a=b$. I don't have lot of knowledge on this subject, I am aware about some elementary result ...
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How can I prove that the square root of two prime numbers multiplied is non-rational number?

$P$ and $Q$ are two distinct prime numbers. How can I prove that $\sqrt{PQ}$ is an irrational number?
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Find all natural numbers n for which $3^n + 5^n$ is divisible by $3^{n-1} + 5^{n-1}$

Find all natural numbers n for which $3^n + 5^n$ is divisible by $3^{n-1} + 5^{n-1}$. Interested if there is a nice quick way other than mine.
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Proving properties of Greatest Common Divisors

I have two questions I'm struggling with 1) Suppose that gcd(a, y) = 1 and gcd(b, y) = d. Prove that gcd(a · b, y) = d I have 1 = ua + vy and d = sb + ty, and I use linear combination to get ...
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Set of a summation

Let $S = \{n ∈ N | n \text{ divides the sum of any n consecutive numbers} \}$. How can I describe the set S? I was given the hint: $\displaystyle\sum\limits_{n=1}^N n=\frac{N(N+1)}{2}$ I don't want ...
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Greatest Common Divisor of two binary polynomials

How can I find the GCD of $x^4 + x^3 + x^2 + 1$ and $x^6 + x^5 + x^4 + x^3 + x^2 + 1$? I know that $x^4 + x^3 + x^2 + 1$ is an irreducible polynomial of degree $4$, and that it is not primitive, but ...
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If $(a^2+b^2) \mid (c^2+d^2)$ and $\gcd(a,b)=\gcd(c,d)=1$ and $\gcd(a,c)>1$, what can be said about the components?

While working on a divisibility problem in integers $a,b,c,d$, with $\gcd(a,b)=\gcd(c,d)=1$, I've come up against the hypothetical condition $$ (a^2+b^2) \mid (c^2+d^2), \tag{$\star$} $$ where, also ...
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For any integer a, if $6|(3−a)$, then $3| (a−2)$. [closed]

Prove: For any integer a, if $6|(3−a)$, then $3| (a−2)$. I've been trying to work this problem for a while, but missed a day of class and can't seem to work it out.
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Prove if a|c and b|d and gcd(c,d)=1 then gcd(a,b)=1

I'm trying to prove that if a|c and b|d and gcd(c,d)=1 then gcd(a,b)=1 So far, I have assumed that: Since gcd(c,d) = 1 then by EEA, gcd(c,d) = 1 = cx + dy for some x,y that are integers. And since ...
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Probability a product of $n$ randomly chosen numbers from 1-9 is divisible by 10.

I'm working on a problem where each number is chosen randomly from 1-9. Given $n$ numbers chosen in this manner, we multiply all of these together. I'm looking for the probability that this product is ...
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if $p=(a+ib)(c+id)$ and $p^2 = a^2 + b^2$ then $p\mid a$ & $p\mid b$

We're working on Gauss integers... p is an odd prime such that $p \not\equiv 1 \pmod 4$. We want to prove that if there is $(a,b,c,d) \in \mathbb{Z}^4$ such that $$p = (a+ib)(c+id) \text{ ...
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Using divisibility and greatest common divisor for a proof [duplicate]

If u|t and v|t and gcd(u,v)=1, then prove that (uv)|t I started by analyzing the definition of divisibility and I got that (uv)|t^2, but this doesn't help me. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank ...
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If a|b and b|a, find the value of a in terms of b.

If a|b and b|a, where a and b are integers and a≠0, find the value of a in terms of b. Assume that b>0.
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Is it possible to find $n-1$ consecutive composite integers

Given an integer $n\geq 2$ ,can we always find an integer $m$ such that each of the $n-1$ consecutive integers $m+2,m+3,.....,m+n$ are composite?
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Which of the following numbers does not divide $2^{1650}-1$?

I'm practicing for a math competition that is coming up, and I got stuck on this question: Which of the following numbers does not divide $2^{1650}-1$? $3$, $7$, $31$, $127$, $2047$ I've seen a ...
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Algorithm to find the coefficient of GCD linear combination?

One of the properties of the GCD of two integers is that it can be written as the linear combination of the two, is there an algorithm that can be used to find the coefficients of this linear ...
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How to prove that $8^{18} - 1$ is divisible by $7$ [duplicate]

How to prove that: $$ 8^{18}-1\equiv0\pmod7 $$ In the simplest way?
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Proof with GCD(m, n) [duplicate]

How can I prove that equation below is true? If $a > b$ and $a, b$ are relatively prime numbers, then for $0 <= m < n$: $GCD(a^n - b^n, a^m - b^m) = a^{GCD(m,n)}-b^{GCD(m,n)}$
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GCD-Domain and proprieties

Let $A$ be a commutative GCD-domain (not necessary UFD or Bezout) and $a,b,c$ elements of $A$ such that $\gcd(a,b) = \gcd(b,c) = \gcd(a,c) = 1$. Is it true that $\gcd(ab,c) = 1$ ?
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The greatest common divisor is the smallest positive linear combination

How to prove the following theorems about gcd? Theorem 1: Let $a$ and $b$ be nonzero integers. Then the smallest positive linear combination of $a$ and $b$ is a common divisor of $a$ and $b$. ...
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Something similar to Euler's theorem

If $p$, $q$ are not equal primes. $n=pq$, $\varphi(n) = (p − 1)(q − 1)$, $d = \gcd(p − 1, q − 1)$. Is it true that for any $a$ such that $\gcd(a, n) = 1$ holds $a^{\frac{\varphi(n)}{d}} \equiv 1 ...
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How can I show that the following number is not divisible by $p$ prime?

Let $p$ be a prime number. Let $k$ be some natural number and $r$ be some nonnegative integer. Then, I want to show that for $1\leq i\leq p^k-1$, \begin{equation*} \frac{p^{k+r}m-i}{p^k-i} ...
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How to prove that $\gcd(2n+3, 3n+1)$ divides $7$?

How can I start proving that gcd(2n+3, 3n+1) | 7? EDIT: It is $\gcd(2n+3, 3n+1)$ divides $7$. My bad. Thanks paw88789.
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Possible remainder when multiple of a number is divided by multiple of the same dividor

I have a couple of questions regarding which I am confused. $1)$ What is the Greatest, Positive Integer $n$ such that $2^n$ is a factor of $12^{10}$ $(3\cdot 2^2)^{10}$ So, my guess is $n = 12$? ...
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Find all $(h,k)$ such that $2^h \equiv 1 ~(\text{mod}~ 3^k) $

I'm facing with the following problem: Find all $(h,k)$ such that $$2^h \equiv 1 ~(\text{mod}~ 3^k) ~~~~~~~~(1)$$ and $$2^h \geq 3^k+1 ~~~~~~~~(2).$$ I'm just able to prove that the $(1)$ holds ...
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Product of roots of unity

Does somebody have a nice proof of the following? $$\prod_{m=1}^{n-1} \frac{e^{2\pi i k m/n} - 1}{e^{2 \pi i m / n} - 1} = \begin{cases} 1 & \text{ if $\gcd(k, n) = 1$} \\ 0 & ...
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Determine whether or not a binary number is divisible by $3$

Let $K$ be a natural number with $n$ binary digits. Is there an $O(n)$ method for deciding whether or not $K$ is divisible by $3$? $3|K \iff d_1-d_2+d_3-d_4\dots\pm d_n=0$ works correctly up to ...
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Primitive polynomial and divisibility

Let $f(x) \in \mathbb Z[x]$ with $c(f)=1$ and $f$ is non-constant. Now suppose $h(x) \in\mathbb Z[x]$ be such that $h(x)=f(x)q(x)$ where $q(x) \in\mathbb Q[x]$. Then I have to show that $q(x) ...
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$\dfrac1a+\dfrac1b=\dfrac1c$, $a, b, c \in \mathbb{N}$ with no common factor, find all solutions [duplicate]

Given $\dfrac1a+\dfrac1b=\dfrac1c$, where $a, b, c \in \mathbb{N}$ with no common factor, find all solutions. Actually, you can think this question as a follow up of this one. Today, I saw this ...
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If $\gcd(\gcd(a, b),\gcd(a, c))=1$, then $\gcd(a, bc) = \gcd(a, b) \cdot \gcd(a, c)$

Let $a, b$ and $c$ be integers. Prove that if $\gcd(a, b)$ and $\gcd(a, c)$ are coprime, then $\gcd(a, bc)$ = $\gcd(a, b) · \gcd(a, c)$ I am stumped in this problem. Can anybody clarify me what ...
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Using Extended Euclidean Algorithm for $85$ and $45$

Apply the Extended Euclidean Algorithm of back-substitution to find the value of $\gcd(85, 45)$ and to express $\gcd(85, 45)$ in the form $85x + 45y$ for a pair of integers $x$ and $y$. I have ...
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Divisibility Test Question of Curisosity

Why do we only do divisibility tests up to 11? At least, in my proofs class and in my textbook, that's all it goes up to: 11. Can anyone explain?
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Elementary Number Theory: Divisibility proof

Let $k,m,n \in N\setminus \{0\}$, s.t. $n=k\cdot m$. Show that $k$ is odd $\Rightarrow ∀ a,b \in Z: (a^m+b^m) \mid (a^n+b^n)$ In the first part of the task, I have already shown that $∀ a,b \in Z: ...
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Handing out coupons problem

I am trying to make an equation in excel but I can come up with it. I am handing out coupons to people. Everyone will get 1,2 or 3 coupons. I know how many people and how many coupons I have used. ...
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Show that $\gcd(3n,3n+ 2) = 1$ when $n$ is odd

I would like to know why $\gcd(3n,3n+ 2) = 1$ when $n$ is odd. I tried to use the Euclidean Algorithm, but I got confused: $$ 3n+2 = 3n + 2$$ $$3n = \ ? $$ Thanks!
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If (a,b) = 1 and c|(a+b), show that (a,c) = (b,c) = 1

I am working on this homework problem: If $\gcd(a, b) = 1$ and $c|(a + b)$, show that $\gcd(a, c) = \gcd(b, c) = 1$. Hint: Let $d = \gcd(a, c)$ and show that $d|\gcd(a, b)$. (An Introduction to ...