What is the last two digits of this number ?

16^198

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- September 30th 2008, 07:25 PMmathaddictnumber theory
What is the last two digits of this number ?

16^198 - September 30th 2008, 07:27 PMmr fantastic
- September 30th 2008, 11:44 PMmathaddict
sorry , i still don get u

- October 1st 2008, 12:22 AMmr fantastic
- October 1st 2008, 11:32 AMMoo
Hello,

Here is another way :

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More generally :

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Any power of something ending with a**6**ends with a**6**

So ends with a 6, whatever positive integer is.

Now, what are the**two**last digits ?

16 is divisible by 4. So 16^(198) is obviously divisible by 4.

We know that a number is divisible by 4 iff its two last digits form a multiple of 4.

There are only 5 two-digit numbers ending with a 6 and divisible by 4 :

16,36,56,76,96.

That's for giving you an idea.

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You can see that it repeats every 5 powers. So if the power is in the form , the last 2 digits are .

If in the form , it'l be and so on

- October 2nd 2008, 08:05 AMmathaddict
Wonderful , thank you for the very precise explaination