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I'm reposting this, because Mathmate's answer hasn't directed me to the WHY? part of the question. Any prompts appreciated.

The product of any two (whole) numbers each of which leave a remainder of 1 on dividing by 7, also leaves a remainder of 1 on dividing by 7. Why?

I THINK that I can see a quadratic in there ( (n+1)(2n+1) ); and when I multiply any variation out, there's always a remainder 1.

Can anyone confirm the link; and point me where to go next? Could i use a diagram to explain it? Thanks.

Charlie

[math - MathMate, Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 5:49pm
An integer that leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by 7 can be represented by
7m+1, or 7n+1, where m, n are integers.

The product is thus:
(7m+1)(7n+1)

Expand the product and complete the proof.]

The expansion seems to be:

49mn+7m+7n+1

I'm not seeing where's next in explaining WHY?

Thanks

Charlie

  • Math algebra -

    you are looking at it ...

    49mn+7m+7n+1
    = 7(mn+m+n) +1

    isn't mn+m+n an integer?

    so the last expression has the form of 7k+1 which would leave a remainder of 1 when divided by 7

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