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

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Proving that (4-2/1)(4-2/2)…(4-2/n) in an integer.

We have to prove that $(4-2/1)(4-2/2)...(4-2/n)$ is an integer for $n\in\mathbb{N}$. Can we do this by induction? We prove for $n = 1$, which is trivial as $(4-2/1) = 2$ which is clearly an integer. ...
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Multiplicity of roots in finite fields of order prime. [closed]

I am having trouble with completing this question from last years exam (part a and d) Let p be a prime, and $f = x^5-1 = (X-1)(X^4+X^3+X^2+X+1) \in \mathbb{F}_p[X]$ Show: (a) if $p\neq 5$ then every ...
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Induction on GCD problem [duplicate]

This is a two part question Given $\gcd(a,b) = 1$ consider $$\gcd \left( \frac{a^n - b^n }{a-b}, a- b\right) $$ It appears that the value of this is always equal to $n$ or $1$. How to prove it? ...
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Why is $y^{x-1}-1$ divisible by $x$?

I wanted to know if there is a way to prove that $y^{x-1}-1$ is divisible by $x$. Where $x$ is a prime number and is not equal to $y$, and $y$ is any positive whole number besides $1$. For example, ...
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Check my proof : gcd(a,b)=1=gcd(x,y) => (xa,yb)=gcd(x,b) gcd(y,a)

Note: (x,y) means gcd(x,y) I managed to prove the next Proposition: Let $(a,b)=1=(x,y)$. Then $(x a,y b)=(x,b)(y,a)$. It can be easily be generalized for the case that $(a,b)\neq1$ and or ...
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Find a pair of integers $n,x$ such that $84 = nx + (n-1)n$ and $x$ is odd [closed]

I have a equation like this: $$84 = nx + (n-1)n$$ where, $x$ is odd. I need to find the fastest way to find a possible $n$ and $x$. (In this case: $n = 6, x = 9$) Edit: Maybe the background ...
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Easy question but tough judgement -Are both boundary points included in a time interval as in this question

So the question is - Six bells commence tolling together at intervals of 2,4,6,8,10 and 12 seconds respectively In thirty minutes how many times do they toll together? (A) 16 (B)15 This question is ...
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If GCD of x and y is G then GCD of x and x+y is also G. but how to prove it? [closed]

If GCD of x and y is G then GCD of x and x+y is also G but how to prove it?
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A Question Related to Zsigmondy's Theorem

I am wondering if there is a way to prove the following statement, which bears some resemblance to Zsigmondy's Theorem. I am not sure if the statement is true, but it seems as though it should be. ...
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Length of smallest repunits divisible by primes

I want to prove this statement from Wikipedia: It was found very early on that for any prime p greater than 5, the period of the decimal expansion of 1/p is equal to the length of the smallest ...
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Number theory proofs regarding gcd's

How would you prove if $ad-bc = 1$, then $(a+c,b+d)=1$
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Diophantine equation $ax + by = c$ has an integer solution $x_0, y_0$ if and only if $\gcd(a,b)|c$

Let $a,b,c$ be positive integers. Verify that Diophantine equation $ax + by = c$ has integer solution $x_0, y_0$ if and only if $GCD(a,b)|c$. Attempt Diophantine $ax + by = c$ has integer solution ...
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Generalized Fibonacci Sequence

I'm having trouble with a problem I encountered while studying Number Theory. This problem comes from the book Number Theory by George E. Andrews. It defines a generalized Fibonacci sequence $F_1$, ...
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Divisibility for 7

I have seen other criteria for divisibility by 7. Criterion described below present in the book Handbook of Mathematics for IN Bronshtein (p. 323) is interesting, but could not prove it. Let $n = ...
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Solution for trinomial divided by binomial equation

I have the following equation to solve. I know that the answer is -5, I made several attempts at this, and arrive at a different answer. My first thought was to factor out the trinomial, but that ...
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Prove that $17$ divides $9a + 5b$

So, according to the book, for all $a, b, c$ that are elements of integers, it holds that $a|b$ implies $a|bx$ for all $x$ that is an element of integers. In other words it works for all ARBITRARY $x$ ...
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If $\gcd(a,c)=1=\gcd(b,c)$, then $\gcd(ab,c)=1$

As stated in the title, the problem to prove is Let $a,b,c \in \mathbb{Z}$. If $\gcd(a,c)=1=\gcd(b,c)$, then $\gcd(ab,c)=1$. I think I've proved it, but I would like a second opinion. Here ...
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Polynomial and its derivative have a common factor?

When is $gcd(p(x),p'(x))\ne 1$ where $p(x)$ is a polynomial? That is when does the derivative of a polynomial and the polynomial has a common factor? By when i mean some condition for the ...
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Inequalities, when does the sign change here?

I have encountered a problem with inequalities. I have been looking at examples provided by two websites which 'solve' inequalities, however when I try using my own method, the extremely simple ...
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Prove that $l = k/\gcd(m,k)$.

Suppose $ml = kt$ where $t$ is an integer and $m<k.$ $\implies k~|~ml$ $~~~~~$and $~~~~~$ $1 \leq \gcd(m,k) \leq m$ $\implies \dfrac{k}{\gcd(m,k)}~\Big|~\left(\dfrac{m}{\gcd(m,k)}\right)l$ What ...
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Divisibility crieteria

This is a follow-up question. The problem is: Given two natural numbers, $m$ and $n$, and $n \vert m^2$. Find necessary and sufficient conditions for $n \vert m$. Here are what I find: ...
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Ring such that $q^2\mid p^2$ does not imply $q\mid p$?

Let $R$ be a commutative ring with $1$ and suppose $q^2\mid p^2,$ for $p,q \in R$. Unless $R$ is a UFD, I don't believe I can conclude that $q\mid p,$ but I would like to know a concrete ...
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Direct proof using modular arithmetic

Give a direct proof of $8\mid (3^n + 5^n)$ for all odd natural numbers. I know how to prove this by induction, I am not sure how to go about it using a direct proof. I would start by saying that ...
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Prove the congurence

I am looking for a proof of Gauss's generalization of Wilson's Theorem. Let $S$ be the set of all the integers which are less than and mutually prime to $n (>4)$ (not of the form $p^\alpha$, ...
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Divisibility of huge numbers

Please help me to solve my homework ;) Prove that for any positive integer $n$ a square of rather big number divides even more huge number: $${\LARGE \left.\underbrace{33\dots 3}_{1\underbrace{00\dots ...
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$U(n) =$ the smallest strictly positive integer $k$ such that $2^k-1$ is divisible by the first $n$ primes. What are the first values of $U(n)$?

$U(n) =$ the smallest strictly positive integer $k$ such that $2^k-1$ is divisible by the first $n$ prime numbers (except for the first prime number: $2$). What are the first values of $U(n)$ up to ...
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Equation Theory: A polynomial with specific remainders when divided by specific divisors. What is the remainder when divided by BOTH divisors

Again, for my Equation Theory class, I have the subject question.$p(x)$ has a remainder of 3 when divided by $x-1$ and a remainder of 5 when divided by $x-3$. What is the remainder when $p(x)$ is ...
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Parity of number of factors up to a bound?

Consider $b,n\in\mathbb{N}$ where $b\leq n$. We want to find the parity (ie. odd or even) of the number of divisors of $n$ that are $\leq b$. The question is to find a fast algorithm to find that ...
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Question in elementary number theory

I have a question. Suppose that $a$ and $b$ are two natural numbers so that $ a<b$ and $ a\nmid b$. Put $ d=ka$, where $ k\not=0,1,t\dfrac{b}{\gcd(a,b)}$, for $ t\geq 1$. I want to prove that $ ...
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How do you prove this divisibility?

If $n$ is any natural number, prove that $3\mid 2^{2^n}-1$ is true. I can't find out how to do it. Thanks.
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Characterizing the primes which don't divide any Pell-Lucas number(s)

For integer $n$, let $P_n$ be a Pell number, and $Q_n$ its companion. Is there a characterization of the prime numbers $p$ which don't divide any $Q_n$? By brute-force search, I found that this ...
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Probability that two random integers have only one prime factor in common

The probability that two integers picked at random are relatively prime is known to be $1/\zeta{(2)}=6/\pi^2\approx0.607927...$. Generalizing, the probability that $n$ random integers have $\gcd=1$ is ...
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Help with understanding definition of divisibility in this case.

I have a proof that shows that if $5 \mid xy$ then $5 \mid x$ or $5 \mid y$. It's pretty clear to me that I can just say that suppose $5 \mid x$, then $x=5a$, where $a$ is an integer. then $xy = ...
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The sum of three consecutive cubes numbers produces 9 multiple

I want to prove that $n^3 + (n+1)^3 + (n+2)^3$ is always a $9$ multiple I used induction by the way. I reach this equation: $(n+1)^3 + (n+2)^3 + (n+3)^3$ But is a lot of time to calculate each ...
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Find the Conditions

Let $a, b, c, d, r, s \in \mathbb{N}$. Find the necessary and sufficient conditions under which $r \mid (a-b)$ and $s \mid (c-d)$ $\implies$ $\operatorname{lcm}$ $(r,s)\mid(ac-bd)$. A little ...
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How to get all divisors of an integer using only pen & paper

Is there any fast approach to get all divisors of an integer by only using pen & paper?
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Counting maximum moves

Given two arrays, each of size N denoted by A1,A2...AN and B1,B2...BN. Let us maintain two sets S1 and S2 which are empty initially. In one move ,Pick a pair of indexes (i, j) such that : ...
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How to divide a number by $2$ numbers?

I have to distribute newspapers, and the printing company gives it to me in bundles of $15$ and $25$, now if a store wants $115$ I will have to send them $4 \times 25$ and $1 \times 15$, or if they ...
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Finding Coprime triplets

Given a sequence a1, a2, ..., aN. Count the number of triples (i, j, k) such that 1 ≤ i < j < k ≤ N and GCD(ai, aj, ak) = 1. Here GCD stands for the Greatest Common Divisor. Example : Let N=4 ...
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Polynomials - getting wrong answer using Euclidean algorithm

I am finding the GCD of $a = x^3 + 11/3x^2 + 17/4x + 3/2$ and $b = 3x^2 + 22/3x + 17/4$ using the Euclidean algorithm. So I divide $a/b$ and get $q$ and $r$ such that $a = qb + r$. Then, according to ...
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Position of switches based on divisibility

There is a set of $1000$ switches. Each has four different positions, called $A$, $B$, $C$, and $D$. When the position of any switch changes, it is only from $A$ to $B$, from $B$ to $C$, from $C$ to ...
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Find all values of for which the ratio is an integer

Find all values of $n$ for which, $$\dfrac{(\dfrac{n+3}{2}) \cdots n}{(\dfrac{n-1}{2})!}$$ is an integer. I have tried the problem for some primes. Each time it seemed true. But I still ...
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Sequences where each number is a divisor of one less than the next

Let $N,k$ be fixed. Call a sequence of positive integers $a_1,a_2,\dots,a_k$ good if for each $i$, $a_i$ is a divisor of $a_{i-1}-1$. Consider the set $$S = \{a_i : a_1,\dots,a_k \text{ is a good ...
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Group divisibility question

I have the following question which I can't make sense of, here is the entire question: If $G$ is a group, $b\in G, o(b)=k$ and $b^n = e$, show that $k|n$ What is $o(b)$? Please help.
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GCD question involving coprimes

How can I prove that if $\gcd(a, b) = 1$, then $\gcd(ab, c) = \gcd(a, c) \times \gcd(b, c)$? By eea there exists $ax+by=1$ from $\gcd(a,b)=1$ so a and be are co-primes there also exists $dk=a$ and ...
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Proving $k$ is a common divisor of $a$ and $b$ iff $k\,|\gcd(a,b)$ — converse

I'm currently trying to solve the converse of this statement is true after proving the normal version is true. If $k$ is a common divisor of $a$ and $b$, then $k \,| \gcd(a, b)$ So far I know the ...
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Questions relating to gcd

Assume a, b and c are positive integers. 1) Suppose that a | b. Show that gcd(a, c) ≤ gcd(b, c). 2) Suppose that a ≤ b. Is it necessarily true that gcd(a, c) ≤ gcd(b, c)? I'm having trouble with ...
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The binomial coefficients $\binom{n}{ p}$ are divisible by a prime $p$ only if $n$ is a power of $p.$

I'm looking for a "high school / undergraduate" demonstration for the: All the binomial coefficients $\binom{n}{i}=\frac{n!}{i!\cdot (n-i)!}$ for all i, $0\lt i \lt n$, are divisible by a prime $p$ ...
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If $k$ is an odd number then $3k^2 +16$ is not a perfect cube

I am pretty sure that the title is true. Could anybody please prove it? I am particularly interested in a proof that mostrly relies on divisibility.
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Finding greatest common divisor between two polynomials.

I have the following past exam question: Calculate $\operatorname{gcd}(x^3 + 2x^2 + 2,2x^2 + 1)$ in $\mathbb{F}_3$ Now I haven't encountered this sort of gcd before(usually I am trying to solve ...