Here are some RMO level 1 problems. One who makes his place in the leader board will be then promoted to level 2. The one who answers maximum of them will be the winner! Post full solutions! Questions!: Number Theory 1. Prove that 4 does not divide \( m^{2} + 2 \) for any integer m. 2.Find the last two digits of \(3^{1997}\).

This is not the end of the contest! Around 100's of questions are coming soon! First solve these. A piece of cake I guess! Points will be granted according to number of questions solved and clarity of solutions. Best of Luck!

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TopNewestSo, let m be any positive integer. Now 'm' can be written as \( m= 4b+r\) where \(( 0 \leq r < 4)\) Now this means all the positive integers in the world can be represented in this form.

Now the value of \( r = 0,1,2,3\)

\(1. If \) \(r=0\) then \( m= 4b+r\)

\( m= 4b\)

\( m^{2} = 4b^{2}\)

\( m^{2} = 16b^{2}\)

But it is given that whether 4 is divided by \( m^{2}+2\)

Now, \( m^{2}+2\) = \(16b^{2} +2\)= \( 4(4b^{2})+2\)

Now, \( 4(4b^{2})+2 \equiv 2 \pmod{4} \)

So, we are getting remainder \(2\). So for first case it is not divisible.

\(2. If \) \(r=1\) then \( m= 4b+r\)

\( m= 4b+1\)

\(m^{2}= (4b+1)^{2}\)

\(m^{2} = 16b^{2} + 8b +1\)

\(m^{2}= 4(4b^{2} + 2b) +1\)

But it is given that whether 4 is divided by \( m^{2}+2\)

Now, \( m^{2}+2\) = \(4(4b^{2} + 2b) +1+2\)

\( m^{2}+2\) = \(4(4b^{2} + 2b) + 3\)

Now, \( 4(4b^{2}+2b)+3 \equiv 3 \pmod{4} \)

So, we are getting remainder \(3\). So for second case it is not divisible.

\(3. If \) \(r=2\) then \( m= 4b+r\) \( m= 4b+2\)

\(m^{2}= (4b+2)^{2}\)

\(m^{2} = 16b^{2} + 16b +4\)

\(m^{2}= 4(4b^{2} + 4b+1)\)

But it is given that whether 4 is divided by \( m^{2}+2\)

Now, \( m^{2}+2\) = \(4(4b^{2} + 4b+1) +2\)

Now, \( 4(4b^{2}+4b+1)+2 \equiv 2 \pmod{4} \)

So, we are getting remainder \(2\). So for third case it is not divisible.

\(4. If\) \(r=3\) then \( m= 4b+r\)

\( m= 4b+3\)

\(m^{2}= (4b+3)^{2}\)

\(m^{2} = 16b^{2} + 24b +9\)

\(m^{2} = 16b^{2} + 24b +8+1\)

\(m^{2}= 4(4b^{2} + 6b+2)+1\)

But it is given that whether 4 is divided by \( m^{2}+2\)

Now, \( m^{2}+2\) = \(4(4b^{2} + 6b+2)+1+2\)

\(= 4(4b^{2} + 6b+2)+3\)

Now, \( 4(4b^{2}+6b+2)+3 \equiv 3 \pmod{4} \)

So, we are getting remainder \(3\). So for forth case it is not divisible.

As in all fours cases if \(m^{2}+2\) is divided by 4 we are getting some remainders . That means 4 does not divide \(m^{2}+2\)for any integer m – Abhisek Mohanty · 2 years, 1 month ago

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– Swapnil Das · 2 years, 1 month ago

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– Abhisek Mohanty · 2 years, 1 month ago

Just passed ninth and studying in 10th. And you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!Log in to reply

– Swapnil Das · 2 years, 1 month ago

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– Swapnil Das · 2 years, 1 month ago

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– Abhisek Mohanty · 2 years, 1 month ago

Fine brother. But your age is same as of me , 14 yearsLog in to reply

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– Abhisek Mohanty · 2 years, 1 month ago

18 mayLog in to reply

– Swapnil Das · 2 years, 1 month ago

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– Abhisek Mohanty · 2 years, 1 month ago

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For the 2nd question, my solution is as follows :

3^1997 = (3^6)^332 * 3^5 (mod 100)

Therefore, the last 2 digits of 3^1997 are 63 – Manish Dash · 2 years, 1 month ago

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\(3^{1}\)=3, \(3^{2}\)=9, \(3^{3}\)=27, \(3^{4}\)=81, \(3^{5}\)=43, \(3^{6}\)=29, \(3^{7}\)=87, \(3^{8}\)=61, \(3^{9}\)=83, \(3^{10}\)=49, \(3^{11}\)=47, \(3^{12}\)=41, \(3^{13}\)=23, \(3^{14}\)=69, \(3^{15}\)=07, \(3^{16}\)=21, \(3^{17}\)=63, \(3^{18}\)=89, \(3^{19}\)=67, \(3^{20}\)=01. And so on......

\(\frac{1997}{20}=99......17.\)

Refer to \(3^{17}\).

So, the last 2 digits of \(3^{1997}\) = 63. LoL

It's a VERY VERY old method...... XD – Bryan Lee Shi Yang · 2 years, 1 month ago

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– Bryan Lee Shi Yang · 2 years, 1 month ago

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– Swapnil Das · 2 years, 1 month ago

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– Bryan Lee Shi Yang · 2 years, 1 month ago

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– Bryan Lee Shi Yang · 2 years, 1 month ago

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– Swapnil Das · 2 years, 1 month ago

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– Swapnil Das · 2 years, 1 month ago

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– Bryan Lee Shi Yang · 2 years, 1 month ago

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\(The\) Last two digits of \(3^{1997}\) is 63. Just see the pattern. – Abhisek Mohanty · 2 years, 1 month ago

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– Swapnil Das · 2 years, 1 month ago

Corect answer ! 1 point!Log in to reply

– Abhisek Mohanty · 2 years, 1 month ago

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– Swapnil Das · 2 years, 1 month ago

Hi Abhisek, 1 point to U because U solved the easy problem. And no, I do not go to FIITJEE, but my first VIDYAMANDIR class is gonna start tommorrow. And no doubt we are good friends!Log in to reply

– Abhisek Mohanty · 2 years, 1 month ago

Ya thats for sure . And see my solution. I hope you would like it............................................Log in to reply

\(m^2 + 2 = 2 or 3 (mod4)\)

but \(4 = 0 (mod4)\)

A contradiction. – Dev Sharma · 1 year, 9 months ago

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