1962 IMO Problems/Problem 1


Find the smallest natural number $n$ which has the following properties:

(a) Its decimal representation has 6 as the last digit.

(b) If the last digit 6 is erased and placed in front of the remaining digits, the resulting number is four times as large as the original number $n$.


As the new number starts with a $6$ and the old number is $1/4$ of the new number, the old number must start with a $1$.

As the new number now starts with $61$, the old number must start with $\lfloor 61/4\rfloor = 15$.

We continue in this way until the process terminates with the new number $615\,384$ and the old number $n=\boxed{153\,846}$.

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