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    urgent help needed on proof question!!!!!!

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    any help or light on this question would be hugely appreciated!!

    thank you
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    Lightbulb Re: urgent help needed on proof question!!!!!!

    The first subproblem should be easier to solve in comparison with the second.

    let's take a 4 digit number.
    Recall that the decimal expansion of any number greater than 10 is of the form ...1000a4 + 100a3 + 10a2 + a1, where all ai are positive integers Rearranging the digits of the number will also lead to a similar expansion, say 1000a3 + 100a4 + 10a1 + a2

    Subtraction of the second from the first, or vice versa, will lead to a difference which will be like
    900 a4 + (-900) a3 + 9a2 - 9a1.

    It isn't a big surprise that the difference is a multiple of 9.
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