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    Proof by induction

    I need to prove 11^n - 6 is divisible by 5 for all n >or = to 1 by induction.
    So I start by basis step 11^1 -6 get 5 and 5 is divisible by 5 so basis step is true.

    Then I am suppose to add n +1 to both sides and show it is still true.

    I am stumped!!! Anyone willing to help a very old and confused student???!!!
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    Here is the basic trick.
    11^{N + 1}  - 6 = \left( {11^{N + 1}  - 6 \cdot 11} \right) + \left( {6 \cdot 11 - 6} \right) = 11\left( {11^N  - 6} \right) + \left( {6 \cdot 11 - 6} \right)
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    Plato, Thank you for your time and effort on my last two threads. This subject is not like any other I have tackled and I really appreciate your assisitance!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by frostking2 View Post
    I need to prove 11^n - 6 is divisible by 5 for all n >or = to 1 by induction.
    So I start by basis step 11^1 -6 get 5 and 5 is divisible by 5 so basis step is true.

    Then I am suppose to add n +1 to both sides and show it is still true.

    I am stumped!!! Anyone willing to help a very old and confused student???!!!
    Here's another way.

    You've got the base case so I'll continue from there.

    Let 11^k - 6 be divisible by 5 for some positive integer k. Then we may define:
    11^k - 6 = 5x
    where x is some positive integer.

    We wish to show that 11^{k + 1} - 6 is divisible by 5. So:
    11^{k + 1} - 6 = 11 \cdot 11^k - 6

    Now recall that 11^k - 6 = 5x
    So
    11^k = 5x + 6

    Thus
    11^{k + 1} - 6 = 11 (5x + 6) - 6

    = 55x + 66 - 6

    = 55x + 60

    = 5(11x + 12)

    Since x is an integer, so is 11x + 12. Thus etc.

    -Dan
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    Hello, frostking2!

    Another approach . . .


    Prove by induction: . 11^n - 6 is divisible by 5 for all n \geq 1

    Verify S(1)\!:\;\;11^1 - 6 \:=\:5 . . . True!

    Assume S(k)\!:\;\;11^k - 6 \:=\:5a for some integer a.


    Add {\color{blue}10\!\cdot11^k} to both sides: .**

    . . {\color{blue}10\!\cdot\!11^k} + 11^k - 6 \;=\;{\color{blue}10\!\cdot\!11^k} + 5a

    . . (10 + 1)\!\cdot\!11^k - 6 \;=\;10\!\cdot11^k + 5a

    . . 11\!\cdot\!11^k - 6 \;=\;10\!\cdot\!11^k + 5a

    . . 11^{k+1} - 6 \;=\;5\underbrace{\left(2\!\cdot\!11^k + a\right)}_{\text{an integer}}

    Therefore: . 11^{k+1}-6 is divisible by 5.


    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    **

    How did I know what to add? . . . Simple!

    I want: . 11^k - 6 + {\color{red}X} \;=\;11^{k+1}-6

    . . Then: . {\color{red}X} \;=\;11^{k+1} - 11^k \;=\;11^k(11 - 1)

    Therefore: . {\color{red}X} \:=\:10\cdot11^k . . . . see?

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    Soroban and Physics Maestro,

    Thanks so much for your time and effort. Each time someone explains a little differently I am able to understand it better. I am so glad you are willing to help! Have a great weekend.
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