# Let $k = 2008^2 + 2^{2008}$. What is the last digit of $k^2 + 2^k$?

Let $k = 2008^2 + 2^{2008}$. What is the last digit of $k^2 + 2^k.$

I thought of this $$2008^2+2^{2008}\pmod{10} ≡ {-2}^2+{2^4}^{502}\pmod{10} ≡ 4+{-4}^{502}\pmod{10} ≡ 4+6^{251} \pmod{10}$$ but I still cannot prove it. Maybe there is a clever solution but so far I have been unable to spot it. Can anyone help me?

• $2^k$ would be $2^{2008^2+2^{2008}}$ which isn't what you wrote Dec 26 '15 at 16:04
• Cause the assigment is defined like this @Brenton
– mod
Dec 26 '15 at 16:06

Since the cyclicity of $2$ is $2, 4, 8, 6$. It implies that for all $n \in \mathbb{N}$.

$$2^{4n+1} \equiv 2 \mod 10 \\ 2^{4n+2} \equiv 4 \mod 10 \\ 2 ^{4n+3} \equiv 8 \mod 10 \\ 2^{4n+4} \equiv 6 \mod 10$$

Since $2008$ is of the form $4n$. So, $2^{2008} \equiv 6 \mod 10$.

But $2008 \equiv 8 \mod 10 \implies 2008^2 \equiv 8^2 \equiv 64 \equiv 4 \mod 10$.

So, $k = 2008^2 + 2^{2008} \equiv 4 + 6 \equiv 0 \mod 10 \implies k^2 \equiv 0 \mod 10$.

Now, $2^{2008} \equiv 0 \mod 4$ and $2008 \equiv 0 \mod 4 \implies 2008^2 \equiv 0 \mod 4$.

$$k = 2^{2008} + 2008^2 \equiv 0 + 0\equiv 0 \mod 4$$

So, $k$ is of the form $4n$ for some positive integer $n$. So,

$$2^{k} \equiv 2^{4n} \equiv 6 \mod 10$$

Therefore, $$2^{k} + k^{2} \equiv 6 + 0 \equiv 6 \mod 10$$

So, the last digit of $2^k + k^2$ is $6$.

• I have a question for the first answer: What do you mean when you say 2008 is of the form 4n?
– user510632
Dec 6 '17 at 2:31

$k$ is a huge even number, hence $k^2+2^k$ is for sure an even number. To compute the last digit of $k^2+2^k$, we just need to understand what $k^2+2^k\pmod{5}$ is. We have $k\equiv 0\pmod{4}$ and $$k \equiv 3^2+4^{1004} \equiv -1+1\equiv 0\pmod{5},$$ hence $k^2+2^k\equiv 0+1\equiv 1\pmod{5}$ by Fermat's little theorem, so the last digit of $k^2+2^k$ is $\color{red}{6}$.

$$2008^2=2000^2+2*2000*8+8^2=>4 (mod 10)$$ $2^m=6 (mod 10)$ (m = $2008$) $$4+6=0 (mod 10)$$ $$k=0 (mod 10)$$ $$k^2=0 (mod 10)$$

So, it is obvious that last digit of $2^k$ is $2^4=6 (mod 10)$ and last digit of $k^2$ is $0$. So the answer is $6+0=6$.