# Math Help - Algebra Problem

1. ## Algebra Problem

Find the smallest number, divisible by 13, such that the remainder is 1 when divided by 4,6 or 9.

2. ## Re: Algebra Problem

The number is congruent to 1 mod 4, 1 mod 6, 1 mod 9 so it must be congruent to 1 mod 36 (36 being lcm(4,6,9)). So we want to find integer solutions (a,b) to

$13a = 36b + 1$

If we look at this modulo 12, we see that the LHS is congruent to $a$ and the RHS is congruent to 1. Therefore $a \equiv 1 (\mod 12)$. a = 1, a = 13 do not work, but a = 25 works. Hence the smallest possible positive multiple of 13 that works is 13*25, or 325.

thanks sir !

4. ## Re: Algebra Problem

Take out the LCM of 4,6,9
After taking out the LCM, we get 36
Now, add 36 with 13 = 49
Thus, smallest number is 49.