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    a modular linear equation

    Hello,

    I have to solve this modular linear equation (in paper not using programming)

    18x = 81 (mod171)

    My thought is we begin using the extended euclidean algorithm (ax+by=gcd(a,b) calculating : (div a/b), the gcd(a,b) and the x,y

    An Example Using the Extended Euclidean Algorithm

    I know this isn't a short exercise so thanks in advance for looking and trying to help. Meanwhile I'm doing my best searching & trying to understand.
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    Hello,

    Quote Originally Posted by octagonreturns View Post
    Hello,

    I have to solve this modular linear equation (in paper not using programming)

    18x = 81 (mod171)

    My thought is we begin using the extended euclidean algorithm (ax+by=gcd(a,b) calculating : (div a/b), the gcd(a,b) and the x,y

    An Example Using the Extended Euclidean Algorithm

    I know this isn't a short exercise so thanks in advance for looking and trying to help. Meanwhile I'm doing my best searching & trying to understand.
    First of all, divide by 9 :

    18x=81 \mod 171 \Longleftrightarrow 18x=81+171k

    It yields 2x=9+19k

    So you want to solve for x in 2x=9 \mod 19

    Now, use the Euclidian algorithm, to find u and v such that 2u+19v=1 \longleftrightarrow 2u=1 \mod 19 (this is possible because 2 and 19 are coprime)
    Then, we'll multiply by 9 to get : 2x=9 \mod 19, where x=9u.

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    19=2*9+1 \rightarrow 1=19+2*(-9)

    So u=-9

    Hence x=-81=\boxed{14} \mod 19
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    confused.

    Where did the 14 come from in the final answer??
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    Quote Originally Posted by duggaboy View Post
    Where did the 14 come from in the final answer??
    -81 = 19 \times (-5) + 14
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    Quote Originally Posted by octagonreturns View Post
    18x = 81 (mod171)
    Note that \gcd(18,171)=9.

    If we can find a solution x_0 then all other solutions (in different congruence classes) shall be given by x_0 + t\cdot \tfrac{171}{9} = x_0+ 19t whete 0\leq t\leq 8. It remains to find a solution x_0. You can do what Moo did to get x_0 = 14. Thus, the other solutions are given by 14,33,52,71,90,109,128,147.
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