Hello friends, We have to find the last two digits of \(1\times3\times5\times7\times9....\times99\), I did and came out with 25.But I want to verify.

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TopNewestFrom the fact that it is divisible by \(25\) but not by \(2\), we can deduce that it ends with either \(25\) or \(75\). Now, consider the multiplications modulo \(4\): \( 1 \times 3 \times 5 \times 7 \times 9 \times \dots \times 99 \equiv 1 \times 3 \times 1 \times 3 \times \dots \times 3 \equiv 1^{25} \times 3^{25} \equiv 1^{25} \times (-1)^{25} \equiv -1 \equiv 75 \not\equiv 25 \), so the answer is \(\boxed{75}\). – Tim Vermeulen · 4 years ago

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– Sotiri Komissopoulos · 4 years ago

Argh, you beat me to it xD Well done.Log in to reply

– Budha Chaitanya · 4 years ago

how these type of shortcuts can be found? I want to know .if in any website it is plz tell me.Log in to reply

– Tim Vermeulen · 4 years ago

I did not use any website. In fact, I never solved such a problem before. I guess you'll just need to be familiar with prime factors and the modulo operator.Log in to reply

– Naga Teja · 4 years ago

refer elemantary number theory by David M BurtonLog in to reply

– Kishan K · 4 years ago

I think you used Chinese remainder theorem.If not then please tell me the complete theorem.Log in to reply

– Sotiri Komissopoulos · 4 years ago

He did not use Chinese Remainder Theorem. Which part of his solution are you confused with?Log in to reply

– Krishna Jha · 4 years ago

I am confused over the multiplication modulo 4...Log in to reply

– Aditya Parson · 4 years ago

That is simply the individual remainders left when \(4\) divides the given odd numbers which will obviously be \(3\) or \(1\) and you can easily find out the number of such terms which yield \(1\) or \(3\) as remainder.Log in to reply

– Budha Chaitanya · 4 years ago

why only with 4, why not other?Log in to reply

– Tim Vermeulen · 4 years ago

Because \(4\) divides \(100\), and looking at the last two digits of a number is essentially considering de remainder when that number is divided by \(100\). As \(4\) divides \(100\), and we know that the number is one less than a multiple of \(4\), then the last two digits of the number are also one less than a multiple of \(4\). Hence, it's a nice trick to use here, as \(75\) is one less than a multiple of \(4\), and \(25\) is not.Log in to reply

– Budha Chaitanya · 4 years ago

thank youLog in to reply

Its 75... courtesy mathematica ... :-P...Bt how do we solve these sort of problems is still a mystery to me.. – Krishna Jha · 4 years ago

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– Michael Tong · 4 years ago

There is no theorem that says "oh, if you multiply the first 50 odd digits then the last 2 digits are 75." Rather, it takes intuition along with a knowledge of mathematical theorems. In this case, somebody figured "okay, well, there are more than 1 factors of "5" in this, but no factors of 2 so it must end in either 25 or 75. Then, to figure out if it was a 75 or 25 at the end, he counted the numbers of factors of 3, because any number ending in 25 when multiplied by 3 ends with 75, and any number ending in 75 multiplied by 3 ends with 25.Log in to reply