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

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Solve denominator so quotient is whole number?

I have a simple equation. road_length = ROADLENGTH / ROADSPACING The problem is, I really need road_length to be a whole number because it's used in FOR loop in ...
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Prime Factorizations that divide each other

Let n have prime factorization n = p^s1 · p^s2 · · · p^sk and let m have prime factorization m = q^t1 · q^t2 · · · q^tl If n|m, what must be true about the corresponding lists of primes and the ...
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Show that $7\mid 2^{3n} -1 \,\,\,\forall n\in \mathbb N^+$

Show that $7\mid 2^{3n} -1 \,\,\,\forall n\in \mathbb N^+$ Should I prove this by induction? If so, how should I go about it?
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Understanding Bézout's identity's proof as given on wikipedea.

I am reading this proof of Bézout's identity. It starts as: For given nonzero integers $a$ and $b$ there is a nonzero integer $ax + by$, $x$ and $y$ are also integers. The minimum absolute value of ...
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On counting number pairs having a specific greatest common divisor.

I wanted to count natural numbers $k$ not exceeding the fixed $n \in \mathbb{N}$ and having a greatest common divisor $\gcd(n,k) = d$ naturally for some $d \mid n$. In more mathematical terms: $$ ...
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A question on divisibility

For what values of $x,y \in \{1,2,3,...9 \}$, does $$10x+y \space\mid 100x + y $$ ? What approach should I take for solving this problem ?
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need help with equasion

Well. My computer has fritzed up and I'm having to perform some lenghy task, it's processing 20 files every 2 seconds, it's at 459000 of 854528 Roughly how long in seconds might it take? I've ...
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GCD of polynomials in $\mathbb{F}_2[x]$

How can one show that $\gcd(x^4+x+1,x^4-x)=1$ in $\mathbb{F}_2[x]$? Is it because the polynomials do not share any irreducible monic polynomials i.e. $1, x, x+1$ as factors?
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gcd of polynomials over Z_7

I want the gcd of the two polynomials: $$f=x^5+3x^4+5x^3+x^2+x+3$$ $$g=2x^3+4x^2+x$$ in $Z_7[x]$. My approach: I use the euclidean algorithm and continue until I get no remainder. ...
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$a+b+c+d+e$ divides $a^5+b^5+c^5+d^5+e^5-5abcde$

Let $a,b,c,d,e$ be integers such that $a(b+c)+b(c+d)+c(d+e)+d(e+a)+e(a+b)=0$. Prove that $a+b+c+d+e$ divides $a^5+b^5+c^5+d^5+e^5-5abcde$. I'm reminded of the factorization ...
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GCD of polynomials by using Euclid's algorithm

Let $g = x^2 +6x -7$ and $f = x^4 - 1$. Find the GCD of $f$ and $g$. So I started by evaluating $f/g$ and the result is $q = x^2-6x+43, r = -300x+300$. I tried to follow the algorithm one step ...
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$c=\text{gcd}(a,b)$ means $\exists{x,y}\in{\mathbb{Z}}$ so that $a=cx$ and $b=cy$. Show $\text{gcd}(x,y)=1$

Obvious homework question, so hints please: Suppose $a,b \in{\mathbb{Z}_+}$ and $c=\text{gcd}(a,b)$. So we know $\exists{x,y}\in{\mathbb{Z}}$ so that $a=cx$ and $b=cy$. Show that ...
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Prove that $\gcd(ab,m)\mid\gcd(a,m)\gcd(b,m)$ [closed]

Prove that if $a,b,m\in\mathbb N\setminus\{0\}$, then $$\gcd(ab,m)\mid\gcd(a,m)\cdot\gcd(b,m)$$
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How do I know the cyclic subgroups of G generated by a are equal?

I had a question of understanding that I was hoping you guys could help me with. Suppose there exists a group in the integers. For the sake of my understanding, let's say the group is, G = $Z_{60}$. ...
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Prove that if $a$ divides $ b$ , and $a$ divides $b + 2$ then $a = 1$ or $ a = 2$.

For positive integers $a,b$, prove that if $a$ divides $b$ and $a$ divides $b + 2$ then $a = 1$ or $a = 2$. I know that if $a|b$ and $a|c$ then $a|b+c$ or $a|b-c$ but I can't figure out how to get ...
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Prove that $\gcd(2^a - 1, 2^b - 1) = 2^{\gcd(a,b)} - 1$ [duplicate]

I have two questions about a prove that I have to do for my mathematic study. I'm now thinking about it the whole day, but can't find the prove. Let $a,b \in \mathbb Z_{>0}$. (a) Prove: ...
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Number theory,GCD, coprime integers

I am sorry for the bad title but I really can't think of a better one. So I was learning about the euclidean algorithm and I see a statement that is hard for me to understand. In the book that I was ...
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How to find the number of divisors that are perfect squares and divisible by a number

Suppose $ n = 2^{14} 3^{9} 5^{8} 7^{10} 11^{3} 13^{5} 37^{10} $ , find the number of positive divisors that are both perfect squares and divisible by $ 2^{2}3^{4}5^{2}11^{2}$. It is quite simple to ...
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Need help with GCD, and Euclid algorithm

Okay, So I was given a worksheet to work through. I already got the solutions but I still don't get it. I already understood Q10, and the solution basically said that Q11 is connected with Q10. But ...
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If p is a prime what values of $ a\leq p^{n}$ have $\text{gcd}(a, p^{n}) >1$?

Hi guys need your help. Sorry but I don't understand how to use latex. So really sorry for the writing. The question is if p is prime what values of $ a\leq p^{n}$ have $\text{gcd}(a, p^{n}) >1$? ...
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synthetic division for find function answer reasoning

Why use synthetic division to find, say f(5), when you could just plug in 5 in place of all the x in the function and solve directly? Is there something more to this? Do some people just find it ...
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Proof that $\operatorname{lcm}(a, b) = ab / \gcd(a,b)$ and $\gcd(a,b) \le |a - b|$ for $a \ne b$

What's the simplest proof that the least common divisor of $a$ and $b$ is equal to the product of $a$ and $b$ divided by the greatest common divisor, i.e.: ...
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Strategy for solving $7\vert2^{n+2}+3^{2n+1}$ by induction.

So I have to show the following to be true using induction $7\mid 2^{n+2}+3^{2n+1}$ This is easily checked with the case $n=0$ because $7 \mid 7$, but I assuming this holds for$n=k :$ $$7\mid ...
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Prove that $p^r\mid xp^r-p^{r-1}-1$

If $p$ is a prime integer and $x$ is prime to $p$, show that $p^r\mid xp^r-p^{r-1}-1$. I have tried with the following steps: $$p^r\equiv 0\pmod{ p^r}\implies xp^r\equiv 0\pmod{p^r}.$$ How can I ...
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Proof by Induction: for all integers n $\ge$ 0, $12\mid8^{2n+1}+2^{4n+2}$

I'm working on a homework problem for my discrete math class, and I'm stuck. (Note: I made a post about this earlier, but I read the problem incorrectly, thus the work was wrong, so I deleted the ...
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Is there an $n$ such that $p|n^2+1$ with $2n<p<2n+\sqrt n$?

Is there an integer $n$ such that $n^2+1$ is divisible by a prime $p$ with $2n<p<2n+\sqrt n$? It's complicated to describe my interest, but these are near-missed for arc-cotangent reducible ...
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Prove divisibility

We have the following proposition: $$P(n): 13^n+7^n-2\vdots 6$$. Prove $P(n)$ in two ways. I know that one of them is mathematical induction. I don't know many things about the other one, I know ...
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Divisibility problem using DFA

Original problem: Create a DFA for every positive integer $k$, so that when DFA takes a binary string (reading from most significant bit), decides whether the number is divisible by $k$. A DFA for a ...
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Proving a polynomial is not divisible

Let $k\geq2$ be even and let $f(x)=x^{k}+x^{k-1}+...+1\in\mathbb{Q}[x]$ I want to prove that there is no linear polynomial that divides $f(x)$ So I figured that if there was $g(x)=x-\alpha$ that ...
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Divisors $1\bmod 4$ more than $3\bmod 4$

For any positive integer $n$, let $f(n)$ denote the number of positive divisors of $n$ which are $1\bmod 4$, and $g(n)$ denote the number of positive divisors of $n$ which are $3\bmod 4$. Is it true ...
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Weak Mathematical Induction for Modulo Arithmetic

Using Weak Mathematical Induction, I have to show that, for all integers $n \geq 1$, $8|3^{2n} -1$ I really don't know how to go about solving this problem. Currently I only have the base case and ...
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Basic question on Number Theory and Divisibility

Prove or disprove that if $a\mid(sb + tc)$ for all $s,t$ elements of integers, then $a\mid b$ and $a\mid c$ My question is "for all". I'm clearly misunderstanding something, because my intuition is ...
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Proof that if $\gcd(a,b) = 1$ and $a\mid n$ and $b\mid n$, $ab \mid n$

I'm learning about properties of greatest common divisors, specifically when two numbers are relatively prime. The exercise I'm working through is : Suppose that $\gcd(a,b) = 1$ and that $a\mid ...
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question about cryptography

Sam and Tim have set up their RSA keys (eS; n); (eT; n), respectively, where the n-value is the same. Furthermore, it happens that gcd(eS;eT) = 1. Suppose that their friend Rob wants to send both Sam ...
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Product of consecutive Fibonacci numbers divisibility

Prove that the product of any $k$ consecutive Fibonacci numbers is divisible by the product of the first $k$ Fibonacci numbers. We can try to show that for every prime $p$, the power of $p$ appearing ...
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prove that $2^n+2^{n-1}+2^{n-2}+8^n-8^{n-2}$ is a multiple of 7

Prove that a number $2^n+2^{n-1}+2^{n-2}+8^n-8^{n-2}$ is a multiple of 7 for every natural $n\ge2$. I am not sure how to start.
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divisibility relation $a|b^2 + 10c.$

Use divisibility relation to show that for all integer $a$, $b$, $c$, $a \ne 0$ counts if $a|b$ and $a|c$ then $a|b^2 + 10c$. Use direct proof. Ok, $a|6$ then there is integer $k$. $$a*k=6,$$ ...
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Mathematical Induction divisibility

So I'm trying to use mathematical induction to show that for all integers $n \ge 1$ , $$ 8|(3^{2n} - 1)$$ (is divisible by 8) I have my base case: [P(1)], $3^2 - 1 = 9 - 1 = 8$, since $8|8$, the ...
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Greatest common divisor / euclidean algorithm linear combination proof [duplicate]

Consider integers $m$ and $n$, not both 0. Show that gcd$(m,n)$ is the smallest positive integer that can be written as $am + bn$ for integers $a$ and $b$. I'm confused on what exactly to do--I'm ...
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Prime elements in the gaussian integers

Prove: If a prime number $p\in \mathbb N$ is from the form $p=4k+3,k\in \mathbb N$, then its also a prime number in $\mathbb Z[i]$,i.e. if $p|(z_1\cdot z_2)$ then $p|z_1$ or $p|z_2$. I dont have any ...
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Statement about divisibility

Let's consider such function: $$f(N) = 1^1\cdot 2^2\cdot 3^3 \dots (N-1)^{N-1}\cdot N^N.$$ Does the expression $$\frac{f(N)}{f(r)\cdot f(N-r)}$$ is always integer? Can you give me any hint about ...
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Use division algorithm to prove for any odd integer n, $n^2 -1$ is a multiple of 8.

Here is what I know if n is any odd integer then $n$ can be expressed as $n=2k+1 ~~~ where~k\in\mathbb{Z}$.So $n^2-1=(2k+1)^2 -1=4k^2+4k=4k(k+1)$ but $k(k+1)~~ is~~even$. Thus $k(k+1)=2t, t\in ...
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Factoring numbers of the form $11111111$

Why $11111111$ is divisible by $73$? How can we get all the prime factors? It is clear that it is divisible by $11$. Is there any formulae for $1111...11$ ($n$ times)? Give me some idea. Thanks in ...
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How am I supposed to tell if a number is divisible by $13$ (I need a shortcut)?

I've been trying to figure out if a number is divisible by $13$. As I'm saying this in first person, I think I'm supposed to take the rightmost digit of the number, for example, $39$, multiply it by ...
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The number $2^{3^n}+1$ is divisible by $3^{n+1}$ and not divisible by $3^{n+2}$.

Prove that for every $n\in \mathbb N$, $2^{3^n}+1$ is divisible by $3^{n+1}$ and not divisible by $3^{n+2}$. I was able to prove that $2^{3^n}+1$ is divisible by $3^{n+1}$ using induction. First, ...
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Show that $(k!)^n$ divides $(kn)!$

Show that $(k!)^n$ divides $(kn)!$ I've tried it but without success. Any help would be great.
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Prove that, given positive integers m and n, if m | n then 2^m − 1 | 2^n − 1. In particular, deduce that if 2^n − 1 is prime then n is prime.

I think I have the first part of the proof down but I would like to double check that my logic works: m|n $\Leftrightarrow$ n = k*m $\Rightarrow$ $2^n-1 = 2^{km}-1$ ...
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Which integer linear recurrent sequences are divisibility sequences?

The Lucas sequences are very remarkable because they are integer linear recurrent sequences and divisibility sequences at the same time. Are other examples known ? Is there a characterization of such ...
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Using inclusion-exclusion principle to count the integers in $\{1, 2, 3, \dots , 100\}$ that are not divisible by $2$, $3$ or $5$

Question: How many integers in $\{1, 2, 3, \dots , 100\}$ are not divisible by $2$, $3$ or $5$? Can anyone give me a full explain of how this applies to the inclusion-exclusin principle? Because I ...
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Dividing a number into infinite pieces

Last day in physics teacher said that any number divided into infinitely many pieces is zero.It got me thinking in kind of weird direction so here is what I was thinking about and how I tried to ...