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    Congruence

    Hi,

    How tow show that ( \forall n \in N) 5n^3+n \equiv 0[6]????
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    Quote Originally Posted by bhitroofen01 View Post
    Hi,

    How tow show that ( \forall n \in N) 5n^3+n \equiv 0[6]????
    This congruence can be rewritten as:
    -n^3+n \equiv 0 \pmod 6
    n^3 \equiv n \pmod 6

    One way is to try all possibilities: n\equiv 0,\ldots,n\equiv 5.
    Another possibility is to notice that this is equivalent to two congruences
    n^3 \equiv n \pmod 2
    n^3 \equiv n \pmod 3
    and verify the validity of them.

    You can notice that one of them is exactly Fermat's little theorem for exponent 3.

    I do not think that the original congruence can be obtained directly from Euler's theorem, but it might be useful for you to notice, that Euler's theorem implies this congruence for all n coprime to 6.
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     5n^3 + n \equiv -n^3 + n = -n(n^2-1) = -(n-1)(n)(n+1) (mod6)

    we know that the product of  k consecutive integers is the multiple of  k! so in this case , it is the multiple of 3! = 6 , -(n-1)(n)(n+1)  \equiv 0 (mod6)
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