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Archive for July, 2012

Prime problem

Posted by Chris under MathsChallenge (2 Responds)

If p and q are distinct primes, show that p^q + q^p = p + q (mod pq)

Divide by 7

Posted by Chris under MathsChallenge (9 Responds)

Prove that 22225555 + 55552222 is divisible by 7.
I know, it’s boring
Obviously, no calculators or computers are allowed.

Product problem

Posted by Chris under MathsChallenge (8 Responds)

I have four positive numbers, a, b, c and d (not necessarily integers).
Obviously, there are six ways to multiply pairs of them, yielding the products ab, ac, ad, bc, bd and cd.
I tell you what five of these products are (but not which product is what):
2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
What’s the [...]

Roll on

Posted by Chris under Logic, MathsChallenge (12 Responds)

Bill and John take turns rolling a fair die. The winner is the first to roll a 6. Bill rolls first. If John wins, what is the probability he did so on his second roll?

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